Academic Tutoring & Support


Free weekly academic tutoring is offered on Wednesdays from 3:15 - 5:00pm at the TMHS Library. We are also in the Norwood and Nucla High Schools every Thursday morning to provide support for juniors and seniors.


True North works with counselors and teachers to provide academic support for all students. We can arrange for private tutoring sessions as well. So, stop by one of our locations and check in with us! This program coincides with many of our Career & College Readiness services as well. Visit our Academic Support Program page for a list of some of the many services we can provide!


College & Career Readiness


True North provides ongoing experiences to meet with professionals, trades-people, artisans, and experts to learn more about potential career paths and professional opportunities.

Every year, we offer a Teen Summer Jobs Fair, where students and local employers can network. Check out our Jobs Fair page to learn more!

Additionally, True North works with Telluride, Norwood and Nucla juniors and seniors to help guide them through the college and scholarship application process. TN offers individual coaching sessions to students seeking financial help for college. Visit the College Corner for more information and resources. 



RISING STARS Summer Bridge

For 8th grade students rising into the 9th grade who are interested in making friends, having fun, and making the transition to high school smooth.

Our mission is to cultivate confidence by exploring new hobbies, making new friends, establishing goals and creating possibilities for the future. 

We provide opportunities for students to participate in water sports, biking, hiking, career exploration, college tours, art classes and more! Visit the Rising Stars page for photos of all our excursions.

*This program previously targeted rising 9th grade ladies. We have moved to a model of inclusion and recruit all rising 9th grade students. 

Community Service Learning 

True North participants are encouraged to give back to their community with their time and talents.


A few of the many projects True North students have completed are:

Renovating a Skate Park in Norwood, building a wheelchair ramp for an elderly family in Paradox Valley, trail cleanups, helping a family in the Navajo Nation, snow shoveling for local churches and homebound individuals, painting a mural in the VCA laundry room, cleaning the Telluride Free Box, helping to distribute food through our regional food banks and serving up cider and chili at the Telluride Historical Museum's community event "An Olde Fashioned Christmas at Schmid Ranch".


Check out our service learning page for updates on community service opportunities


Positive Youth Development through Outdoor Recreation

True North offers outings in the outdoors with trained leaders. Through these experiences, participants gain leadership skills and are offered the opportunity to overcome physical and mental challenges and engage in team building. Often coupled with a community service project, we hope students will gain unique skills through these diverse experiences. This year we camped in Moab in spring, snowshoed into Saint Paul Lodge on Red Mountain Pass for an overnight wilderness adventure in winter, camped out at Alta Lakes, and ice climbed in Ouray!


Catering Apprenticeship Program



In partnership with Sassyz Salsa Catering, the Catering Apprenticeship Program (CAP) for high school students in the Nucla/Naturita area, teaches gourmet cooking and culinary skills.


In addition to cooking, the students will also gain the following skills: Front of the house/Back of the house experience, Customer Service, Career Development & Marketing and will also graduate with a National Restaurant Association Food Handler’s certification. In order to prepare for certification and potential employment, the program will also cover: NRA Food Handling Skills, Basic Kitchen Skills, Health and Nutrition, Basic Cooking Skills, Cooking on a Budget, Global Culinary Dishes, Baking, Desserts and Catering Services. 


The students will be given opportunities to work a variety of catering events such as: community dinners, festivals, farmers markets and other events where the students can reinforce their food sales and customer service abilities. As the students advance in training, they may also learn event planning, budgeting and return on investment, marketing, career development, interviewing skills, etc.