Tag: Recovery School

Get the Help You Need

The staff writers for Online College reported on the most serious mental health issues of college students.  It is unfortunate, but many college students with a possible mental illness diagnosis do not seek the help they need. According the article, following are the serious mental health issues today on college campuses across the nation: Depression Anxiety Suicide Bipolar Disease Eating Disorders Addiction Self-harm Struggles with Identity A co-occurring diagnosis indicates that a person has more than one mental health issue existing simultaneously.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “over 8.9 million persons have co-occurring disorders; that is they have both a mental and substance use disorder.  In addition, only 7.4 percent of individuals receive treatment for both conditions with 55.8 percent receiving no treatment at all.” Get the help you need; you deserve to be well. Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

Summer Semester

The Spring semester here at Colorado Mountain College is coming to an end and it time to start thinking about summer classes. Registration for summer classes opens Monday April 21st. Please contact your local Colorado Mountain College campus to set up a meeting with your advisor. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

JWU Rolling Admissions

As I sit here writing this blog, two students are in the ‘bullpen’ (our study area) signing up for online classes.  One of the students just recently went through the application and registration process and he is now teaching our newest student. The beauty of Jaywalker U is that we can admit students at any time of the year; we have rolling admission.  A college student who is coming out of treatment no longer has to wait until the fall, spring or summer semester before starting college.  At Jaywalker U we collaborate with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and Colorado Technical University (CTU).  While our new students are waiting for the next semester of classes to start at CMC, they will be taking classes through the online program at CTU which has a 5-week block system.  This is a perfect way for students to get right into college as they are…

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Recharge and Reward

Today the JWU crew enjoyed a day of outdoor games which promoted teamwork, fitness, healthy competition and sober socializing. The activities included basketball, Frisbee, croquet and bocce ball on a day in which a higher power broke the clouds and snow long enough for a day of outdoor fun to occur. After lunching at the park, students cycled through the games of their choosing which provided a break from a week of hard work, both at school and in recovery. A guest appearance was made by Parker Hagenbart, a yellow lab who loves the outdoors, and allowed for some beneficial canine-human interaction. The day served as a source of connection between clients, through both peer encouragement and shared good spirits. Organic humor was easily recognizable among the clients during the activities, and complimented the already pleasant mood exhibited by all. In the end, the experience was one of camaraderie, relaxation…

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JWU Professionals Weekend

This past weekend was the first of many Jaywalker U Professionals weekends. The weekend consisted of some great food prepared by the one and only Chef Brian, some great conversations, and some Rocky Mountain fun. Special thanks to Patrice Salmeri, John Lambert, Derrick Allen, Todd Maison, and the Colorado Mountain College Staff for such a collaborative weekend! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

CMC Top 150

The Aspen Institute named Colorado Mountain College (CMC) one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds. The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s top community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. Many Jaywalkers have attended CMC and have experienced the excellence which positions CMC as a candidate in the Aspen Prize. For more information, please click on the picture above. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Study Abroad in South Africa

On May 16th Jaywalker U alum, Danny S, will be participating in Colorado Mountain Colleges Study Abroad trip to South Africa. Students will experience the politics, culture and society of South Africa while earning transferable credits in sociology and anthropology. The students will travel to places such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Soweto, the South African Parliament and local universities and schools.  They will also meet with ANC officials, human rights organizations, local and multinational businesses,and U.S. Embassy staff Danny was one of Jaywalker U’s first students and is well on his way to obtaining his degree. Danny is a prime example of what Jaywalker Lodge and Jaywalker U can do for us. He spends his days sponsoring other alcoholics/addicts, attending class, working, and having fun. Nice work Danny and we hope you have a great time in South Africa! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Sober Spring Break

Last week the Jaywalker U students got a well deserved break from their busy school schedules and headed down to sunny San Diego for our Sober Spring Break. It was a great opportunity to relax and have some fun. We loaded up the van and headed out at 1:30 Sunday morning for the 16-hour drive.  The drive was long but the promise of watching the sunset over the ocean kept us going. On arrival we found ourselves in a gorgeous house overlooking the beach. Our days were filled with surfing, fishing, fellowship, and checking out all that San Diego had to offer. One of the great things about this trip was that we got to experience how much fun sobriety can be, from spending a day at the San Diego Zoo to just hanging out on the beach with good friends. Not only was it great to spend time with…

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The Bucket List Project: Climbing in Patagonia

Johann Aberger built the Bucket List Project after his father passed away from Parkinson’s Disease 3 years ago. It’s an invitation for people to live their highest calling. He says, “As part of this project, I’ve started a successful business, run the Leadville 100, and worked to inspire people from all over the world to live ‘on-purpose.’” In January of 2014, Johann traveled to the Fitz Roy region of Patagonia, in Southern Argentina. The trip was a creation of the Bucket-List Project with a simple commitment; to climb one of the major summits, come back safely, and to use the experience for the highest good. He says, “The landscape was stunning, the weather at times alarming, and the overall experience provided a level of insight that was rich and fulfilling.” “I look forward to sharing stories that speak to our impermanence, the value of risk, adventure and suffering, as well…

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The Value of Suffering

This past weekend the Jaywalker U students had the opportunity to travel to Ouray, Colorado, home of some of the best ice climbing in the world. Every semester the Jaywalker U students work with A local life coach and total bad-ass, Johann Aberger. Each expedition with Johann is specifically designed to help students develop their own purpose and meaning in life. The focus of this expedition was the value of suffering. What is the value of suffering and what can we create through facing the dark side? In order to create meaningful change, we must be willing to be uncomfortable and face fear. Ice climbing is quite possibly one of the most uncomfortable and terrifying “recreational” experiences we could have; a perfect metaphor for how to navigate the shadow. For most of us, ice climbing was a sport reserved for only the most experienced of climbers and thus, beyond our…

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