While we support many areas of youth advocacy our funding priorities are those that address the lack of equitable access to the full spectrum of health services and quality education. This aligns with our mission to work collectively with our partners throughout the community to improve the lives of Routt County youth with multiple risk factors, youth who have special needs, and/or youth who experience socio-economic marginalization, and our vision for an engaged and diverse Routt County community that strategically collaborates to strengthen the optimal potential of vulnerable youth and families.
We encourage our YAP Partners applying for a High Impact grant to work closely with other youth organizations in order to holistically address obstacles families and youth face in gaining equitable access to services. High impact grant requests that support initiatives addressing institutional/system policies or 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.
- Access (birth to five) to health screenings to assess any potential physical health concerns and/or ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
- Family access to prenatal care, medical, dental and other proactive health services
- Access to specialized physical, emotional, and mental health services for children who have disabilities and/or special needs, experience socio-economic marginalization and/or cultural, language or other barriers
- Family and youth access to individualized mental health counseling; alcohol and drug abuse education, prevention, and intervention; access to appropriate mental health facilities
- Childhood trauma prevention programs and services
- Access to prevention services and programs that address social, economic and other health determinants such as poverty, housing instability, transportation challenges, geographic isolation and/or cultural barriers
- Access (birth to five) to screenings to assess potential learning disabilities/special needs
- Preventative and early intervention family programs promoting optimal early childhood development and wellness
- Access to high quality education, pre-school through 12th grade, county-wide, regardless of disabilities, special needs, socio-economic, geographic, cultural, and/or language barriers
- Access to alternative and non-traditional learning and enrichment opportunities, including vocational and technical programs, therapeutic art and movement programs
- Efforts to increase collaboration and shared resources among the three Routt County school districts to strategically improve education outcomes for all youth