SLV Youth Fund
In 2021, CFSLV created a fund to provide financial support to San Luis Valley nonprofits serving youth, including providing services such as childcare, recreation, outdoor activities and youth entrepreneurship.
The SLV Youth Fund provided funds to the Friends of Walk 2 Connect to support the San Luis Valley Walking Leadership Program. Youth ages 15-18 co-create and learn new skills related to local history research, event creation, and promotion, public-speaking, and guiding outdoor recreation activities.
SLV Youth Fund Recipients
ADELANTE SAN LUIS - Funds from this grant are used to support the Student-to-Career program that provides business and career educational opportunities and skills training for youth in San Luis and the 11 surrounding villages.
ANTONITO TOGETHER - The organization has formed a Youth Advisory Council that advises the Antonito Together resident team on plans of action and requests for funding projects, events, etc. Each member receives a monthly stipend as they learn how to lead and record meetings; how to select, plan, and execute events; how to work with county commissioners, town council, and school board; how to effectively advocate for a cause and more. Funds are used to support the Youth Advisory Council.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE SAN LUIS VALLEY - Teens are building a multi-use teen center in downtown Alamosa. Funds are used for a youth-driven interior design project so the youth have a voice and can spread their message as they design their own space.
CREEDE EARLY LEARNING CENTER - Summer sees an increase in the need for childcare and the Center will use the funds to cover these increased childcare costs. In the summer of 2021, CELC will build an addition that will allow them to accommodate more children, meeting their wait list needs.
FRIENDS OF WALK 2 CONNECT - Funds will be used to support the San Luis Valley Walking Leadership Program. Youth ages 15-18 co-create and learn new skills related to local history research, event creation and promotion, public-speaking, and guiding outdoor recreation activities.
HEART OF SAGUACHE/KV- One of the organization's initiatives involves working with youth in a Student to Career Pathway that is implemented through local schools. Students participate in weekly Virtual Career Fairs, field trips to local businesses, and virtual Job Readiness Classes with Colorado Workforce, all with the goal of preparing them with soft skills that will keep them moving forward after graduation.
LITTLE TREASURES PRESCHOOL - The Little Treasures Preschool provides school readiness programs to preschool-age children of Conejos County. By tracking students, they have found that Little Treasures students consistently score higher than their peers within the district and state. A survey found that 99% of parents believe they are doing a great job. Funds will be used for general operating needs.
RIO GRANDE PREVENTION PARTNERS - RGPP partners with local school districts, clubs and other youth-serving organizations to instill prevention measures for youth substance abuse and suicide while providing youth with safe spaces. Funds will be used for general operating needs.
RIO GRANDE WATERSHED CONSERVATION & EDUCATION INITIATIVE - RGWCEI serves youth across all six counties of San Luis Valley with three areas of focus: K-12 Class 2 Field, which introduces watershed health and natural resources awareness with academic learning and objectives; environmental education workshops that focus on natural resource management; and special programs like youth conservation camp. Funds will be used for general operating needs.
SAN LUIS VALLEY LOCAL FOODS COALITION - The Rio Grande Farm Park, a program of SLVLFC, connects youth to the land through educational and volunteer opportunities. Summer programs include a Junior Famer Incubator Program, a weekly Spring Garden Project with homeschool youth, a partnership with Youth Works for weekly volunteering on the land, and the completed construction of the Education Center. Funds will be used to support these programs.