YAP envisions an engaged and diverse Routt County community that strategically collaborates to strengthen the optimal potential of vulnerable youth and families.


Michael and Sara Craig-Scheckman founded the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in the spring of 2005. The Craig-Scheckmans made their move from New York in the summer of 2003, trading in a hectic life for a more peaceful, outdoor life in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Sara grew up vacationing in Steamboat with her parents and brothers, and now her entire family permanently resides in beautiful Routt County, and call Steamboat Springs home. Michael and Sara have four bright and wonderful daughters: Rachel, Rebecca, Dawn, and Madeline. The Craig-Scheckmans believe in strong families and strong communities, and are very pleased to provide funding which will directly benefit Routt County youth and youth-serving agencies.

Michael Craig-Scheckman grew up in New York City. He is a registered investment advisor and has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of finance and investment. Since 2003 Michael has been president of Deer Park Road Corporation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Deer Park is a registered Investment Advisor and the manager of STS Partners Fund, a hedge fund that invests in asset backed securities.

Sara Craig-Scheckman was raised in California and later moved to New York to attend law school. She has dedicated her professional life to working with youth with multiple risk factors, youth who have special needs, and youth who experience socio-economic marginalization. Sara has worked directly with a wide variety of children who have special needs, including emotionally and physically abused children, youth with physical and cognitive disabilities, and youth in the juvenile justice system. After graduating from law school, Sara worked in the area of youth law advocacy, providing direct civil legal services. Sara is fluent in Spanish and has advocated for the rights of immigrant children and families.

Craig-Scheckman Funding

The Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation (CSFF) gives $480,000 annually as Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) grants, and an additional $125,000 in “discretionary funding” to organizations that have received YAP support in the past. These discretionary dollars may be used for event sponsorship, support of a challenge grant, or for other purposes as seen fit by Sara and Michael Craig-Scheckman. The Foundation also provides approximately $403,000 in funding through CSFF General Discretionary Funds to local youth and family organizations that fall outside of the YAP Grant Guidelines.  Total annual CSFF contributions are $1,008,000.  In addition to the Foundation, Sara and Michael Craig-Scheckman are generous philanthropists and make personal donations to select causes at their discretion.

Since our inception in 2005 we have donated

CSFF and YAP Partnering Organizations:

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities
Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center
Bear River Young Life
Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Colorado
City of Steamboat Springs Youth Programs
Community Cultivation
Dept. Of Human Services - Fatherhood Program
Dept. of Human Services
Emerald Mountain School
Family Development Center
First Impressions of Routt County
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition
Hayden Activity Center (C.A.N.)
Hayden School District
• Hayden Elementary School
• Hayden Middle School
• Hayden High School
• Hayden Valley Preschool
Hayden Youth Connection Project
Heritage Park Preschool
Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center
Integrated Community
Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain
LiftUp of Routt County
LiveWell Northwest Colorado
Mind Springs Health
Newborn Network
North Routt Community Charter School
North Routt Preschool
Northwest Colorado BOCES
Northwest Colorado Center for Independence
Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership
Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition
Northwest Colorado Health
Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA
Old Town Hot Springs
Partners in Routt County
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide)
Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Routt County United Way
Routt County Youth Services Coalition/Service Learning Institute
Sk8 Church
SOS Outreach
South Routt Library District
South Routt Rec. District
South Routt School District
• South Routt Elementary School
• South Routt Middle School
• South Routt High School
• South Routt Preschool
STARS (Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports)
Steamboat Dance Theatre
Steamboat Mountain School
Steamboat Springs Arts Council
Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts
Steamboat Springs School District RE-2
• Soda Creek Elementary School
• Strawberry Park Elementary School
• Steamboat Springs Middle School
• Steamboat Springs High School
• Yampa Valley High School
Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
Strings Music Festival
Totally Kids, Inc.
Town of Oak Creek
Yampa Valley Autism Program
Yampa Valley Community Foundation
Yampa Valley Medical Center
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council
Young Tracks Preschool and Child Care Center