Since our inception in 2005 we have donated
$1,698,974

YAP Partnering Organizations:

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities
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 Elementary School
Hayden Middle School
Hayden High School
Heritage Park Preschool
Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center
Integrated Community
Laurel Street School and Family Center
Lift-Up of Routt County
LiveWell Northwest Colorado
Lowell Whiteman School
Mind Springs Health
Newborn Network
North Routt Community Charter School
North Routt Preschool
Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition
Northwest Colorado VNA
Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA
Partners in Routt County
REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide)
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 School District
• South Routt Elementary School
• South Routt Middle School
• South Routt High School
STARS (Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports)
Steamboat Springs Arts Council
Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts
Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center
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
Strings Music Festival
The Lowell Whiteman School
Totally Kids, Inc.
Town of Oak Creek
Yampa Valley Autism Program
Yampa Valley Community Foundation
Yampa Valley Medical Center
Yampatika
Young Tracks Preschool and Child Care Center

Vision and Goal

The Youth Advocacy Project for Routt County (YAP) provides long-term local funding and hands-on development support to government and non-profit youth serving agencies throughout Routt County in order to enhance and assist in sustaining the effective services these agencies currently provide to special needs, at-risk, and/or low income youth.

History

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 special needs, at-risk, and low income youth. Sara has worked directly with a wide variety of children with 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 $275,000 annually as Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) grants, and an additional $25,000 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 $120,000 in funding through CSFF General Discretionary Funds to local youth and family organizations that fall outside of the YAP Grant Guidelines.

 

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