Adolescence is a time of significant brain, body and emotional growth. The changes in brain structure and connectivity that occur between the ages of 10 and 25 present important opportunities for positive, life-shaping development, and for recovering from past adversity.
What We Fund
We support efforts that promote healthy behaviors and engage youth, ages 10 to 25, in implementing solutions for health and well-being. We emphasize a Positive Youth Development approach. This incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies so that young people reach their full potential.
Efforts that serve youth experiencing the highest barriers to health and well-being in rural, urban and frontier communities are our priority. Funding may support programs/projects, capacity building, collaboration and systems building.
Promoting Youth Health and Well-Being
We support youth-friendly health services, focused programs for youth that are safe, healthy, inclusive and affirming, and out-of-school time programs that provide regular, on-going programming and safe spaces.
Amplifying Youth Voice and Leadership
We seek to fund youth-led efforts where young people are leading work, youth leadership development programs and professional development for youth-serving staff.
Develop a plan for an onsite mental health program to provide a place of personal growth where urban young men can identify opportunities, challenges and goals.
Provide street outreach to youth experiencing homelessness in Mesa County, connecting them to youth-friendly mental health services and other supports.
Colorado Health Network
Pilot a youth-centered peer educator network to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis education and awareness and to reduce HIV infection risk in Denver youth.