Our highest funding priorities are those that address the lack of equitable access to health services and quality education. This aligns with our mission to enhance the effective services of organizations serving special needs, at-risk and/or low income youth, and our vision for a strategic network of collaborative, sustainable youth serving agencies that builds resiliency in youth and guides them towards their optimal potential.

We especially encourage our YAP Partners or new grantees applying for a High Impact grant to collaborate with other youth organizations to address specific obstacles youth face in gaining equitable access to such services. High impact grant requests that also address local policies or societal structures that may inadvertently discriminate against marginalized youth will be given top priority. Our ongoing goal is that youth needs are met, and not just for youth who are already identified and in the system, but for youth that are quietly falling through the cracks as well. Hence, a proactive approach to assessing youth and families’ needs should be taken.

CSFF’s strategic priorities listed below have been identified out of our mission, vision and current and ongoing work.

Health and Wellness

  • Access to appropriate mental health counseling; alcohol and drug abuse education and intervention; access to appropriate mental health facilities
  • Access to multi-tiered and holistic child and family support systems
  • Access to medical, dental and other health services for children with disabilities and/or special needs of any kind, are low income, or experience social, cultural or other barriers
  • Services or programming that proactively address stress factors that prevent or hinder optimal wellness, such as lack of family support/resources, history of family mental illness, lack of stable and affordable housing, lack of transportation, geographic isolation and generational poverty

Education

  • Access to quality education, pre-school through 12th grade, county-wide, regardless of special needs, geographic locations or other barriers, or  socioeconomic background
  • Access to alternative and non-traditional learning and enrichment opportunities, such as vocational and technical programs, therapeutic art and movement courses, and classes at CMC
  • Stronger collaboration and shared resources among the three Routt County school districts to strategically benefit and meet the needs of all youth