North Regional Council grants $220,000 over four years to middle school mentoring programs.
The North Council continues its goal of establishing an education continuum to support children from early childhood education through high school graduation. To this end, the Council approved three multiyear grants in 2014, including an $88,000 grant to the Greeley Dream Team and a $132,000 grant to Partners Mentoring Youth. Both grants were made with the aim of strengthening each organization’s funding base and increasing partnerships.
The Council also approved a grant of $80,000 to replicate Colorado State University’s Campus Corps program at the University of Northern Colorado. Campus Corps is an innovative, evidence-based, therapeutic mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 10 to 18. This is the first time the Council has drawn on its deep community ties to help fund a replication effort.
The North Regional Council continues to provide funding for Student Recovery Program of the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County, and Smart Start for Kids, a United Way of Larimer County program. Smart Start for Kids supports proven programs and strategies that ensure all children enter school ready to learn, and are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The partnership works to place Navigators at community centers to serve as connectors between at-risk families and school readiness services in Larimer County. Student Recovery Program is a wrap-around intervention program for at-risk Latino male students currently attending Greeley Central High School and Northridge High School. Student Recovery Program currently supports almost 200 students at Greeley Central and Northridge high schools.
Regional Council Members
Trustee, El Pomar Foundation
Editor, Greeley Tribune
Mayor, City of Loveland
Assistant Vice President of Community and Economic Development, Colorado State University