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Future of youth at top of mind for Aspen Community Foundation

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The Aspen Times
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ASPEN – The Aspen Community Foundation announced Wednesday plans for its first-ever “Cradle to Career – Building Youth Success from Aspen to Parachute” symposium.

The event, scheduled for Feb. 15 at the Aspen Institute, will bring together national leaders to share their knowledge of how communities can come together to dramatically improve youth success.

“For 30 years, like other community foundations, we supported many nonprofits, accepted local funding requests and granted as many as we could. We’ll still offer that important support – but we’re now proactively identifying what we think is the most critical social issue facing our valley – and we’re bringing nonprofits, business, philanthropy and government together to focus on one thing that affects us all: the success of our kids from Aspen to Parachute,” said Tamara Tormohlen, executive director of the Aspen Community Foundation.

According to the foundation, “a quiet crisis threatens many young people in our region” due to poverty, language barriers and other obstacles.

With that in mind and to create a sustainable solution to this crisis, the Aspen Community Foundation formed the Cradle to Career Initiative, a collaborative partnership aimed at using principles of “collective impact” to focus funding, knowledge and attention on getting students ready for their futures.

The February symposium will address these ideas and more, according to Tormohlen. In addition, the foundation has been holding monthly roundtable discussions with more than 60 nonprofit leaders, agency executives and school officials.

“We believe that by bringing together school districts, nonprofits, governments, students and parents, we can create a model for success that inspires communities and effects change across the region,” added John Bennett, who recently joined the Aspen Community Foundation as Cradle to Career director.

Tickets to the Cradle to Career symposium are $25. For more information, visit http://www.communityfoundation.org.


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