Where is the ELEVATE program located?
The Elevate program takes place at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park
Center (EPC), which sits at an elevation
of 8,000 feet, is located on over 860 acres and surrounded by the natural splendor of Rocky
National Park. With over 217 family cabins and 9 lodge buildings, the Estes Park Center is a
family getaway and conference center. We are located in a deep valley surrounded by soaring
including Long’s Peak. Downtown Estes Park is about 10 minutes away via car, and Boulder is an hour
If you prefer a slightly shorter, milder winter and want to be on the border of Rocky Mountain
Park—home of endless wilderness, outstanding fly fishing, and some of the best hiking/rock-climbing
the world—but closer to a bigger town, this is the place for you.
What are the program dates & fees?
ELEVATE is offered in two independent four-month semesters, in the fall and spring.
Fall Program Dates: August 8, 2022 - December 16, 2022
Participants that successfully complete our program will be eligible to stay on as YMCA employees
for up to 4 additional months.
The program fee is $500.00.
$50.00 of this fee is payable at the time of application. The program fee helps to defray the
costs of training sessions, activity fees, and other expenses.
What can I expect to gain?
As a graduate of the Elevate program, you will emerge with greater
self-confidence, self-awareness and a
sense of purpose. You will learn time management skills and the responsibility that comes from
a job. Through meaningful service, you’ll give back to others. Through an employment experience in
a mission-based, not-for-profit
you will gain an understanding as to how your work positively impacts our guests. Through both
and free-time opportunities to enjoy the multitude of recreational activities available in our
location, a greater appreciation of the outdoors and the Rocky Mountains will be gained.
Our goal is to better prepare you to face upcoming challenges such as starting/finishing
for/engaging in employment opportunities and living independently. There are also a variety of
and certification opportunities (which may include CPR, WFA, etc.). You’ll live and learn as
of an intentional community within our YMCA center.
How do I apply for ELEVATE?
Click “Apply Now” below, or search our current opportunities for
“Elevate” and complete the online application.
Please include the contact information for 3 references (2 professional and 1 family reference).
receipt of your application, we will request your $50 application fee. If you need assistance with
your application, Please contact Laura Bush at
or call 970-586-3341 ext. 1129.
Do I get paid as a participant of ELEVATE?
Yes! As an Elevate participant, you receive our seasonal compensation
package. You will be working in a seasonal,
hourly position, paying $12.56/hour (based on 32 hours/week), with employee perks including:
- Room & board package (housing in dormitory style building with internet, heat, water, electric, and 3 meals/day, 7 days/week)
- Access to the YMCA of the Rockies facilities, which include: an indoor pool, basketball
fitness classes, hiking/biking/skiing trails, climbing wall, library, and Craft and Design
- Free passes for skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and golf, as well as free gear
on season and resort – limited number available, first come first served basis)
- Employee programming, including free or discounted staff trips, provided by the Residence
- Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges (with some date restrictions based on
What else do I need to know?
Drug & Alcohol Policy—In accordance with our healthy spirit/mind/body mission, we
have a zero tolerance
policy for alcohol or drugs on property. If you want to use marijuana, don’t apply
the Elevate program.
Pet Policy—Though we would love to welcome your pets, unfortunately we cannot allow animals of
with the exception of certified service animals.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Laura Bush at
or call 970-586-3341 ext. 1129.