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 that incorporates skill-building 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. Programs and services must be serving a majority youth of color and/or youth living in families with low incomes. Funding may support programs/projects, general operations, capacity building and collaboration efforts.
Supporting Youth Development
We support programs for youth that are safe, healthy, inclusive and affirming and out-of-school time programs that operate 10 hours or more per week on an ongoing basis and provide regularly scheduled activities and safe spaces.
Promoting Youth Health
We support youth-friendly health services that are inclusive, affirming and accessible for youth with a focus on integrated mental health and sexual and reproductive health services. Programs and organizations are expected to maximize earned revenue wherever possible. Services that are designed to meet the needs and incorporate the desires and perspectives of young people, increase access to care and respond to identity are prioritized.
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.