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 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 foster relationships between rising high schoolers spanning three school districts and cultivate an understanding and familiarity of True North’s programs and services.


We provide opportunities for students to meet True North staff and volunteers, engage with their peers from other schools and participate in both in-school and out of-school activities leading up to high school. the Rising Stars page for photos of all our excursions.

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



True North's 16-week Catering Apprenticeship Program takes place at our commercial teaching kitchen at our teen center in Naturita, and a local professional caterer teaches students gourmet cooking and culinary skills, while program staff also prepare students to secure jobs in the culinary field and beyond.

In addition to cooking, the participants study the National Restaurant Association’s Safe Food Handling textbook in preparation to be tested and earn their Safe Food Handler’s Certification by the end of the course. Participants gain the following industry skills: cooking, front and back of house experience, customer service, marketing, basic kitchen skills, health and nutrition, budgeting and catering services. Students are also given the opportunity to take an entrepreneurship course directed by the West End Economic Development Corporation. Students are invited to work a variety of catering events where they can reinforce their food sales and customer service abilities while receiving professional feedback.