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Archive for May, 2014

Youth Giving Council awards Spring 2014 grants

In April 2014, the Youth Giving Council at Summit High School awarded $11,455 in grants to 14 local nonprofit and student organizations.  Comprised of students from the Summit High School Leadership class, the Youth Giving Council was created in Fall 2012 by The Summit Foundation.  Since inception, nearly $30,000 has been distributed to organizations and groups that support Summit County youth. The group focuses on teaching youth about philanthropy while allowing high school students to participate in the grant process.

Groups applied to the Council for mini-grants (up to $1,200) that would have a significant impact on Summit County youth.  The Council, led by The Summit Foundation’s Events & Marketing Coordinator Elisabeth Lawrence, then reviewed the applications and determined appropriate grant award amounts.  This is the third cycle of grant awards for the Youth Giving Council.

In the interest of teaching youth about philanthropy in our community, The Summit Foundation has partnered with Breckenridge Grand Vacations and The Summit Foundation’s ski area partners to provide support to the Youth Giving Council.  Breckenridge Grand Vacations awarded a grant to The Summit Foundation to fund the Youth Giving Council.  And this ski season, Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain Resort, and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area provided The Summit Foundation the opportunity to sell one additional patron pass with transferable ski privileges specifically to raise funds for the Youth Giving Council.

The students awarded grants to these groups for the following projects:


Continental Divide Land Trust – Funding for SHS student focus groups in relation to impacts to students as a result of the Highway 9 Re-Alignment Project

The Cycle Effect – Summit Mountain Challenge Race Fees for 10 or more high school female racers

Dillon Valley Elementary – Classroom Document Camera

Dillon Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program – one man monohull dinghy

Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) - Cooking Matters class for 15 youth

Friends of the Summit County Libraries – Summer Reading internship program

Frisco Elementary School/Silverthorne Elementary School Counseling – Buddy Bench program

Silverthorne Elementary School – Reading Recovery Intervention Program

Summit Advocates for Gifted Education (SAGE) – Assistance with a three-part student, parent, educator event focusing on navigating the 21st Century education system and workforce while maintaining personal balance

Summit High School IT Department – “Save the Cart” program

Summit High School Theatre Construction Tech Lab – Professional woodworking equipment

Summit Wrestling Booster Club – Equipment scholarships

Upper Blue Elementary – Reading Recovery texts for qualifying first grade students

Upper Blue Elementary Faculty – Mindfulness Program for professional development

Spring 2014 Youth Giving Council members included Levi Ascher, Valentina Blass, Jamie Byers, Meagan Collins, Morgan Courtney, Brian Curnutte, Diana Gasiouk, Natalie Gray, Drew Hartley, Megan Heil, Genna Hiller, Sam Hull, Blair Huntley, Tom Kalina, Joy Manguso, Cait McCluskie, Maddie O’Malley, Max Ortiz, Bailey Radek, and Josue Razo.



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