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2023 Youth Health and Wellness Grant Recipients

A Precious Child:A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. Funding to add Satellite Resource Centers to increase access to basic needs for low-income youth.

American Cancer Society: American Cancer Society is improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. Funding to pilot the first-ever ACS Access to Care Transportation and Lodging Community Grant dedicated to pediatric hospital cancer patients in Colorado.

Children's Hospital Colorado: Children's Hospital Colorado's Sports Medicine Center pediatric sports medicine doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, dietitians and other specialists lead the region in state-of-the-art treatment for young athletes. Funding to research the physical, mental, and emotional effects of youth girls flag football.

Clothes to Kids Denver: Clothes To Kids Denver provides new and quality used clothing in a boutique setting to Denver area students from low-income or in-crisis families, free of charge. Funding to underwrite new underwear, socks and shoes, filling a gap of an items provided to all youth that cannot be procured through in-kind donations.

Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA): The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) strives to create a positive and equitable environment in which all qualified student participants are challenged and inspired to meet their highest potential. Funding to support officials for girls high school flag football pilot.

Crossroads Safehouse: Crossroads Safehouse provides emergency safe housing, advocacy, legal assistance, rapid rehousing and crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence. Funding to support Time to Talk program, which provides dating violence prevention and education to students throughout Fort Collins and surrounding communities.

Denver Area Youth Services (DAYS): Denver Area Youth Services (DAYS) fills gaps in school-based services by providing accessible, culturally sensitive, trauma informed behavioral and mental health services for youth at no-cost, regardless of their insurance status. Funding to increase access to youth mental health services.

Denver Broncos Girls Flag Football: The Denver Broncos Foundation launched a pilot program to provide high school girls a pathway to play flag football at the scholastic level while creating additional and equitable athletic opportunities for female student athletes. Funding to support existing teams and add new teams with uniform, equipment, and programming costs.

Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Week: The Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Week highlights high school flag and tackle football coaches who go above and beyond for their student athletes. Funding to provide equipment grants for recognized coaches.

Denver Broncos High School Game of the Week: The Denver Broncos High School Game of the Week highlights a high school football matchup and supports the participating schools with a pre-game tailgate featuring Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and Alumni. Funding to provide equipment grants for participating schools.

Denver Urban Gardens:Denver Urban Gardens is the largest independent network of food-producing gardens in the country, stewarding 193 community and school-based gardens and 15 food forests across six counties in metro Denver. Funding to adopt school-based garden at Cheltenham Elementary School.

Every Kid Sports: Every Kid Sports provides youth sports grants to kids ages 4-18 from income-restricted families so that they too can experience the positive benefits of playing. Funding to increase access to youth football programming for Colorado youth.

Food Bank of the Rockies:Food Bank of the Rockies is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Rocky Mountain region, working to ignite the power of community to nourish people facing hunger. Funding to support Totes of Hope program at Doull Elementary School and co-sponsor Food Bank of the Rockies semi-truck vehicle with Centura Health.

Futures Football: Futures Football is a tackle football program for middle school students in the Denver Metro Area. Funding to be used to support middle school football team equipment and programming costs.

Good Sports: Good Sports drives equitable access in youth sports and physical activity, by providing new sports equipment, apparel and footwear and helping children in high-need communities achieve their greatest potential, on the field and in life. Funding to underwrite youth tackle football equipment needs to remove the financial barrier of youth sports participation and increase youth safety.

Heart of America Foundation: The Heart of America Foundation transforms learning spaces, bridges the resource gap and strengthens communities to give all students room to dream, discover and thrive. Funding to increase access to youth mental health services through space renovation.

Inside Out Youth Services:Inside Out Youth Services is the only nonprofit organization serving LGBTQIA2+ youth in El Paso County.  Funding to support programming and access to mental health services.

Judi's House: Judi's House works to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. Funding to support services for youth impacted by cancer.

Juvenile Assessment Center: The Juvenile Assessment Center provides a coordinated site which contributes to the safety of youth, families, and the community through early intervention, comprehensive assessment and improved access to appropriate services in the 18th Judicial District. Funding to support assessment and referral services for justice-involved youth.

Kiowa High School: Kiowa High School C-2's mission is to give each student and athlete the best experience and opportunities possible throughout their K-12 education and athletics. Funding to support installation of new lights at its 6-man football program and district stadium.

Metro Caring: Metro Caring's bi-lingual Kidz in the Kitchen/Niñoz en la cocina program provides youth with a multigenerational cooking class focused on building healthy habits, cooking kid-friendly recipes, and learning how to grow food. Funding to support nutritional programming and provide opportunities for Latino youth to build healthy nutritional habits.

Project PAVE: Project PAVE is dedicated to ending violence by empowering youth to build healthy relationships by providing effective and accessible Healthy Relationships Education Programs and Early Intervention Mental Health Services to middle and high school youth in under-served communities. Funding to underwrite True Man and Brave Woman character development programs in conjunction with Denver Broncos youth and high school football programming.

Second Wind Fund:Second Wind Fund exists to help youth (up to 19 years old) at risk for suicide access professional counseling services by removing financial and social barriers. Funding to support geographic expansion to provide in-person therapy services in all Colorado counties and launch Young Adult Pilot Program to provide services to youth ages 19-21.

Servicios de La Raza: Servicios de La Raza provides and advocates for culturally responsive, essential human services and opportunities with a vision of building and cultivating a thriving Colorado Latino community. Funding to expand access to mental health services for Latino youth.

Special Olympics Colorado:Special Olympics' Unified Champion Schools program unifies students with and without intellectual disabilities using sports as a catalyst to create welcoming school environments and behavioral changes. Funding to underwrite new Unified Champion Schools featuring flag football across Colorado.

The Gathering Place:The Gathering Place provides case management including youth-specific navigation services and wrap-around services for individuals experiencing poverty and hardship to meet basic needs and support long-term stability. Funding to support access to basic needs, mental health support, and housing-related assistance for youth.

The GrowHaus: The GrowHaus primarily serves the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods, working to cultivate community-driven food justice and serving youth through food access, nutritional and developmental programming, and through partnerships with local nonprofits and public libraries. Funding to underwrite snack boxes to be distributed to kids during school closure.

WellPower: WellPower partners with the Division of Youth Corrections, Colorado Crisis Services and the 2nd Judicial District to fill gaps in government-provided mental health services for justice-involved youth. Funding to expand mental health services and wraparound support for justice-involved youth.

Wish for Wheels: Wish for Wheels empowers the well-being of 2nd graders, their families & the local community in Title I schools across the country by providing them with a brand new bike and helmet. Funding to underwrite new bikes, helmets and locks and provide community repair kits and trainings to foster positive community relations with students, their school, and neighborhood first responders.