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08 Aug 2018
Founder Danny Conroy honored at the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Annual Conference

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Houston, TX-- AIM House Founder Danny Conroy was honored at the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Annual Conference this July. At the ARHE Awards Ceremony and Gala, the association recognized individuals for their service and commitment to the collegiate recovery movement, recovery schools, and/or raising awareness for addiction treatment in general. Danny received the Community Member of the Year Award, a nomination he has earned through hard work and dedication to the University of Colorado’s Collegiate Recovery Center.

[caption id="attachment_3601" align="alignleft" width="625"]danny, lil, sam arhe Pictured left to right: Samantha Randall (CUCRC director), Lily Wilkinson (AIM Outreach) & Founder Daniel Conroy[/caption]

In addition to starting AIM House nearly 20 years ago, Danny has also become very involved collegiate recovery—another exciting way he and others in the industry advocate for young people’s recovery. After visiting some of the first on-campus recovery programs such as the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech and the StepUp program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Danny was inspired to bring a similar resource to his alma mater- The University of Colorado. In August of 2013, the CU Collegiate Recovery Center officially opened. Now, only five years later, the center has grown into a thriving community, offering on-campus recovery housing, activities and support to students. Danny’s depth of experience has enabled him to support students very effectively and rapidly cultivate relationships with other organizations on and off campus. He is responsible for guiding the vision and growth of the Center and overseeing all staff and programs, and also provides one-on-one recovery coaching.

While accepting his award, Danny named what has been one of the most rewarding parts of his involvement in collegiate recovery and called on others to get involved: “For those of us who are in the private sector, and have been fortunate enough to make a living and be doing well, it’s our responsibility to support the creation and sustaining of collegiate recovery programs, because they work and they are readily available for students. And it’s beautiful—if you do that, the greatest gift that you get back is knowing that. ” 

The 2018 ARHE conference was held in Houston, Texas. Countless schools, programs, and professionals came together collaborate and learn from one another, acknowledge the work that so many are doing to advance the relationship between recovery and education, and celebrate the momentum of this exciting movement.  

For more information, please contact Lily Wilkinson  

lwilkinson@aimhouse.com ; (860) 382 3451

Founded in 1999, AIM House is a transitional living program located in Boulder, Colorado. Young adults come from wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment programs, therapeutic boarding schools and drug and alcohol treatment centers. Mentors and therapists work with each participant to create an individualized program that meets the needs of the participant and their family. Participants have access to a large variety of educational institutions, including the University of Colorado Boulder. AIM House also offers executive functioning support, vocational coaching, and personalized artistic and entrepreneurial mentorship. 

 

12 Jun 2018
AIM House Continues to Encourage Executive Functioning with Life Lab
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Starting this summer, AIM House participants will now take advantage of Life Lab! Held at Madelife in downtown Boulder, Life Lab offers individualized academic, vocational and executive functioning support in a co-working environment. The educational and vocational aspects of the AIM House program have always been a prioritized, but what makes Life Lab innovative is the acknowledgement that skills needed for academic and professional success overlap and intersect into all area of life. By offering participants a space to explore these skills in the context of both immediate goals and overall executive functioning, the result is not simply immediate success, but also the ability to capitalize on what they’ve learned and practiced in the lab for years to come.

 

Life Lab workshops and study/co-working sessions are taught and proctored by expert mentors, who work with groups and individuals to make sure all feel equal parts supported and empowered. After nearly twenty years of helping young adults find and sustain success and wellness, AIM House leadership and staff have recognized a few patterns along the way. While participants certainly enter the program with varying academic or occupational goals, many of the skills or resources that they must learn and practice to be successful are congruent.

 

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Matt Sullivan, program director, explains: “the same personal accountability that allows for someone to show up to an 8am class, attend office hours, and apply for admission to college also enables a young person to stay committed through a job search, or hold on to a challenging internship. That same sense of agency will also motivate a young person to continue to attend recovery meetings and take ownership of their wellness.” Sullivan’s goal in Life Lab is to offer someone support with their individualized “AIM” plan (their educational/vocational aspirations), while simultaneously emphasizing how retaining the skills they will learning will also be beneficial in other aspects of life. It’s important that support and coaching of these skills remains individualized.

 

Not every young adult will study for exams the exact same way. Life Lab is the place to experiment and for students to figure out how they can best find results. While exceptional educational and/or occupational advising and support has always set AIM House apart—Life Lab takes this further by really emphasizing overall executive functioning. Effective study habits and focus tools learned in Life Lab will be just as useful for those constructing resumes for entry-level positions as they are for those working on classes at the University of Colorado. The Life Lab format creates space for learning new skills, group work, and of course time to work on individual classwork, creative projects, resumes, etc.

 

AIM House participants have the thriving city of Boulder at their fingertips—academic institutions, diversity of employment and internship opportunities, creative mentorship programs and apprenticeships, and countless community service organizations. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University and Front Range Community College. Well established companies across various industries (technology, outdoor/adventure, media and arts) have campuses in Boulder, not to mention it’s also a popular town for entrepreneurs and start-ups. If taking advantage of a community like Boulder is how young people fulfill their goals and find success, Life Lab is the space in which the AIM House community experiments and learns how to best take advantage of Boulder. Life Lab runs regularly throughout the week and will carry on year round. AIM House and MadeLife welcome visitors and friends to stop by!

11 May 2018
CU Collegiate Recovery Center & our founder Daniel Conroy in the local news!
09 May 2018
Alumni Lily Wilkinson & Charlotte Cox join AIM House Team

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