The Youth Advocacy Project for Routt County (YAP) envisions a strategic network of collaborative, sustainable youth serving agencies that builds resiliency in youth and guides them towards their optimal potential.
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.
The Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation (CSFF) gives $400,000 annually as Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) grants, and an additional $115,000 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 $95,000 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 $610,000. In addition to the Foundation, Sara and Michael Craig-Scheckman are generous philanthropists and make personal donations to select causes at their discretion.