Youth program has many funding sources |

Youth program has many funding sources

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyMeet the Wilderness, a youth program, is funded by a variety of agencies.

EAGLE COUNTY – Meet The Wilderness’ programs have been supported by a broad variety of agencies and foundations.The firm JVA Consulting in Denver was awarded a federal grant to provide capacity building services and small grants to Colorado’s nonprofit sector, and Meet the Wilderness has been a beneficiary. The program provided Meet the Wilderness with complimentary development seminars and one-on-one planning sessions. These services from JVA would normally cost about $10,000. Also through the program, Meet the Wilderness’ has learned about developing an effective board of directors, program evaluations and effective grant writing.

JVA Consulting also provided a cash grant of more than $7,000 to fund a Meet the Wilderness program designed to help middle school kids avoid involvement in drugs and alcohol.Last spring, hundreds of guests sampled wines from around the country along with selection from the menus of Vail Valley restaurant. The income from the four-day event supported Eagle County nonprofit organizations.Meet the Wilderness was given an award to support its forthcoming fourth grade educational/character building trips to Colorado National Monument. This spring you can “taste Vail” from April 6 to April 9.The Denver Foundation is the oldest and largest community foundation in Colorado, and one of 700 community foundations in the nation. Meet the Wilderness received $10,000 for programs involving Denver youth.

Finally, the Siragusa Foundation will once again sponsor a group of inner city Chicago youth on a 6-day wilderness trip in 2005.Vail Colorado

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