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The THRIVE program will provide young women (ages 18-22) with a variety of experiences designed to develop and support a positive self-image, foster a space of community, support and encouragement, and increase confidence and strength found in a diverse group of women. Additionally, THRIVE will provide employment experiences in the hospitality industry (rotating through the housekeeping and food service departments in our resort).

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Where is the THRIVE program located?
The THRIVE 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 Mountain National Park. With over 217 family cabins and 9 lodge buildings, the Estes Park Center is a premier family getaway and conference center. We are located in a deep valley surrounded by soaring mountains, including Long’s Peak. Downtown Estes Park is about 10 minutes away via car, and Boulder is an hour away. If you prefer a slightly shorter, milder winter and want to be on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park—home of endless wilderness, outstanding fly fishing, and some of the best hiking/rock-climbing in the world—but closer to a bigger town, this is the place for you.
How does the THRIVE Gap program work?
THRIVE is group-focused where participants will live and learn as part of an intentional, close-knit community. Participants will develop strong bonds of friendship and fellowship. The components of the program are:
  • Seasonal employment experiences in the hospitality industry (rotating through Food Service and Housekeeping)
  • Opportunities to attend training sessions on topics of interest (which may include CPR, WFA, self-defense, etc.)
  • A week-long retreat to allow for deeper reflection and relationship building with other participants
  • Opportunities (both scheduled and informal) to explore our beautiful natural setting and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Opportunities to continue working at YMCA of the Rockies for up to 4 additional months as seasonal, or pursue a full-time opening with us
What are the program dates and fees?
THRIVE is offered in two independent four-month semesters, in the fall and spring.
  • Fall 2019 Semester: August 26 – December 13
  • Spring 2020 Semester: January 27 – May 15
A participant may not repeat the program; however, upon successful completion, there are opportunities to extend an additional four months in an alternative seasonal position or pursue a permanent opening with us. The program fee is $600. Fifty dollars 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 else is included as part of this program?
Enrollment in THRIVE provides housing (in staff dormitory, with two people per room) and three meals a day in our staff dining hall. Additional employee perks include access to our facilities, including a pool and gymnasium (without weight equipment.), as well as access to amazing hiking/snowshoeing/mountain biking trails.
What can I expect to gain?
As a graduate of the THRIVE program, you will emerge with greater confidence, sense of self-worth, and tools to support a heathy personal and professional life. You will learn time management skills and the responsibility that comes from having a job. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work and interact with women in leadership roles at the YMCA of the Rockies and the greater Northern Colorado community.
How do I apply for THRIVE?
Click “Apply Now” below, or search our current opportunities for “THRIVE” and complete the online application. Please include the contact information for 3 references (2 professional and 1 family reference). Upon receipt of your application, we will request your $50 application fee. If you need assistance with your application, please contact Spider Fish at 970-586-3341 x1071, or email
Do I get paid as a participant of THRIVE?
Yes! As a THRIVE participant, you receive our seasonal compensation package. You will be working in a seasonal, hourly position, paying $230/week (based on 40 hours/week), with employee perks including:
  • Room (housing in a dormitory style building includes internet access, heat, water, electric and no bills!)
  • Board (3 buffet style meals, 7 days per week)
  • Access to YMCA of the Rockies facilities, which include: an indoor pool, basketball gymnasium, fitness classes, hiking/biking/skiing trails, climbing wall, library, and Craft and Design Center
  • Free passes for skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and golf, as well as free gear rentals (dependent on season and resort – limited number available, first come first served basis)
  • Employee programming, including free or discounted staff trips, provided by the Residence Office
  • Discounted nights at YMCA of the Rockies lodges (with some date restrictions based on season/occupancy)
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 for the THRIVE program. Pet Policy—Though we would love to welcome your pets, unfortunately we cannot allow animals of any kind, with the exception of certified service animals.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Spider Fish at 970-586-3341 x1071, or email

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