Vail spotlight: Eagle River Youth Coalition |

Vail spotlight: Eagle River Youth Coalition

Lauren Glendennin
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Eagle River Youth Coalition's executive director, Cristina Gair, left, said the Vail Valley, Colorado organization's primary issues are substance abuse prevention and health and emotional wellness for all youth.

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Organization name: Eagle River Youth Coalition

Executive Director/president: Cristina Gair

Location: Avon

Phone number: 970-949-9250

Web address:

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Years in business: 8

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?

The Eagle River Youth Coalition’s mission is to collaborate with Eagle River youth-serving organizations to build plans, programs and policies around the issues facing young people. Our priority issues are substance abuse prevention and health and emotional wellness for all youth.

Although youth are the focus of our organization, the community as a whole benefits from the programs and collaborative efforts of the Youth Coalition. With our community partners, we strive to make the Eagle River Valley an environment where all youth can grow into physically and mentally healthy adults ” a goal that benefits the community as whole.

Where does your funding come from?

We receive grants from local government, foundations, state, and federal resources. We also receive funding from our Valley Tastings: Food for Youth event, which happens in October. Many of our funds are raised through efforts with other local organizations.

How many staff members work for you?

We currently have two full-time staff members and one part-time staff member. Cristina Gair, the executive director, joined The Eagle River Youth Coalition in 2005. Gair was formerly the assistant director of The Family Visitor Program in Glenwood Springs. She has more than 11 years experience as a communications professional, with six years experience specific to nonprofits. Amelia Langer, the youth outreach coordinator, joined The Eagle River Youth Coalition in February of 2009. She is the primary contact for The Youth Leaders Council and the high school social norms campaign. Beth Reilly, the founding director of The Eagle River Youth Coalition, is working part-time as a special projects coordinator to build capacity and to start a parent social norms campaign.

We are currently accepting applications for our joint Program Director position with The Red Ribbon Project. To read about the position visit

Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?

The Eagle River Youth Coalition was officially formed as a 501c3 nonprofit agency in 2001. The Coalition has continued to focus on moving to the highest level of collaboration with its member agencies.

The Eagle River Youth Coalition also has a Youth Leaders Council, which is a high school leadership group available to any high school students in the valley (public or private). If you want to nominate a high school student who’s a leader or who has leadership potential, please call us at 970-949-9250, or e-mail The Youth Leaders Council just completed their final service day of the school year by volunteering at Party for the Planet on Global Youth Service Day.

Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at 970-748-2983 or

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