$10,000 in funding awarded in mini-grants
In April, the newly formed Youth Giving Council at Summit High School awarded $10,000 in grants to local nonprofits and student organizations. Comprised of students from the Summit High School Leadership class, the Youth Giving Council was started in the fall of 2012 and had been the long-time brainchild of The Summit Foundation Board of Trustee, Gini Bradley. The group focuses on teaching youth about philanthropy while allowing them to participate in the grant process.
The Summit Foundation’s Events & Marketing Coordinator Elisabeth Lawrence and Trustee Gini Bradley led the students through creating a funding priority, developing a grant application, determining a deadline for submission, and then sharing the opportunity with local nonprofits and student groups. Groups applied to the Council for mini-grants (up to $1,500) that would have a significant impact on Summit County youth. The Council then reviewed the applications and determined their grant award amounts.
Sophomore Emily Carlson said, “I like that something we are doing now can make a lasting impact on the future of Summit County youth.” All the students agreed that it was a great opportunity to give back to the community and learn about many local nonprofits.
The students selected these groups to receive funds for the following projects:
After Prom Committee – headline entertainment for the after prom event
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center – youth ski/snowboard program
Dillon Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program – new dock
Easter Seals Colorado – Camp Summit
Far View Horse Rescue – horse stock enclosure
High Country Conservation Center – Dillon Valley Elementary community garden
Keystone Science School – scholarships for summer day camp
Silverthorne Elementary School – cafeteria murals
Snowy Peaks High School – welding equipment
Summit Advocates for Gifted Education – DeMartini goal setting event
Summit Cove Elementary – CrossFit for Kids afterschool program
Swan Center Outreach – Leadership & Sustainability with Horses program