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Five difference-making grants from Spring Board

Dear Editor:

After a thoughtful and rigorous review process, the members of Spring Board Aspen are pleased to announce our 2012 grant recipients: the Yampah Mountain High School Rebound Program, Aspen Hope Center’s Junior Hope, Raising a Reader, Kids for Kids, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the Stage of Life (SoL) Theatre Company.

The Yampah Mountain High School Rebound Program addresses educational, social and emotional goals of at-risk students so that they can access and return to a general educational setting. Spring Board will help fund its Snowboard Outreach Society program, a five-day therapeutic snowboard clinic at Sunlight Mountain.

The Aspen Hope Center’s Junior Hope program, based out of Basalt High School, provides support and counseling to peers for suicide prevention. Funding will go toward promotional materials and speakers and for events emphasizing mental health.

Raising a Reader reaches about 1,700 kids in 100 valleywide preschool programs to promote early reading ability. Spring Board has provided funds for the Classroom Connections program, which will provide more volunteer support at three different times during the school year. It also provides funds for administrative assistant-volunteer coordinator and supplies and materials.

Kids for Kids is an all-volunteer community-service/philanthropic board of area high school students focused on helping other youth in need in the Roaring Fork Valley and around the world. Funding will benefit marketing materials required to expand awareness of this relatively new organization.

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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers has been working for 17 years to promote stewardship of public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects. Spring Board specifically will aid in Youth Crew Leader Corps, which gives middle school students an opportunity to work with their peers to restore different trails throughout the valley.

SoL Theatre Company is a grassroots acting company that grew out of an identified need for an affordable children’s theatre program in the Roaring Fork Valley. Through the performing arts and the

use of theatrical training and production, SoL focuses on building a healthy community and nurturing youth to

their greatest potential. Spring Board

will help fund scholarships so that

more youth of the valley have the opportunity to participate in this special program.

Spring Board Aspen is a group of involved, dedicated young adults who want to invest our skills, time and enthusiasm into our Roaring Fork Valley community and encourage our peers to do the same. Together we hope to make a difference in the lives of those Spring Board touches – whether they are grantees, fellow board members or our peers.

Thank you to our grantees for allowing us to fulfill our vision of servitude and volunteerism in the valley we love.

Samantha Jacobs

Member, Spring Board