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Darcy Olivas
with Adams County Connections
by Peter Dettmann

Darcy Olivas, a 19-year-old nursing assistant, nanny of twins, and full-time college student, shares her minimal free time as a mentor through the Adams County Connections Peer Assistance Services. Dusty Teng, mentoring program coordinator for Adams County Connections, is grateful for the involvement Olivas has with the program.

"She always goes above and beyond…She is always looking for more volunteers. She refers her own friends to volunteer," Teng said.

The goal of Adams County Connections is to provide mentors for "at-risk" youths in the Adams County School District. The mentors provide an opportunity to connect young people with the outside world and explore community events, while also developing social bonding skills.

When asked what the most rewarding part of her relationship was, Olivas replied modestly, "The feeling that I made a difference in her life."

For information about volunteering with Adams County Connections or other agencies, call the Volunteer Connection at 303-444-4904.

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