Robotics with Middle School StudentsAlpine Achievers Initiative Out of School Time (OST) Programs and Outdoor Leadership Program are designed to increase protective factors and developmental assets among K-12 students of northern Saguache County in alignment with Positive Youth Development principles.
Positive Youth Development (PYD) is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths’ strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.

The 6 C’s of PYD:

  • Confidence – a sense of self-worth and mastery; having a sense of self-efficacy (belief in one’s capacity to succeed)
  • Character – taking responsibility; a sense of independence and individuality; connection to principles and values
  • Connection – a sense of safety, structure, and belonging; positive bonds with people and social institutions
  • Competence – the ability to act effectively in school, in social situations, and at work
  • Contribution – active participation and leadership in a variety of settings; making a difference
  • Caring – a sense of sympathy and empathy for others; commitment to social justice

Homework Help in the Elementary After School ProgramProtective Factors:

A set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. AAI Out-of-School Time programs are designed to promote the following protective factors:


  • Supportive adult relationships and role models
  • Sense of safety and security
  • Positive school bonding
  • High expectations, clear boundaries and relevant consequences
  • Sense of purpose and personal value
  • Community service, compassion and social justice
  • Healthy peer relationships and interpersonal competence
  • Creativity and enrichment opportunities
  • Growth and learning mindset
  • Integrity, honesty and responsibility
  • Healthy lifestyle and resistance skills
  • Critical thinking and decision making
  • Confidence, self-esteem and empowerment