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 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 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.
- 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 who have disabilities and/or special needs of any kind, are socio-economically marginalized, 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
- Access to quality education, pre-school through 12th grade, county-wide, regardless of special needs, geographic locations or other barriers, or socio-economic 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