President, Vail Valley Foundation
YouthPower365 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an extraordinary history of serving children and families throughout Eagle County. From the inception of our organization, YouthPower365 staff and leadership have studied our ever‐changing resort community to provide optimal services to the working families who struggle every day to make ends meet and to raise educated, well‐rounded children.
YouthPower365 has grown in both size and services over the course of our history to respond to the growing and changing demand for high-quality support services. We now have 17 full-time staff, employ 168 teachers in the after-school programs, and utilize 200+ volunteers Today, we operate a cradle-to-career pipeline focused on overcoming the opportunity gap faced by many of our youth and families.
We are devoted to our youth and families at each step of their academic journey. YouthPower365 programs benefit all Eagle County youth, from our very youngest to those pursuing postsecondary opportunities. Our programs have historically focused on serving our minority and low-income families, but YouthPower365 has made it a primary goal to expand PwrHrs so that we can offer the program to any child in-need.
We offer early childhood initiatives (PwrUp); afterschool and summer programs for K-12, including academic support, enrichment and civic development activities, and fitness/nutrition education (PwrHrs); and mentorship, scholarships, internships, shadow days, and other professional development support for high school students (PwrOn). All YouthPower365 programs encourage a greater level of investment in their school community.
Since its inception in 1981, the VVF has always had education as an aspect of its mission. However, in the early 1990s, the VVF shifted focus from adult education (events like the World Forum) to youth education. The VVF had some of its own programming, and also supported and funded the Youth Foundation. Eventually, it became clear that there were great benefits to merging the two organizations, and on Jan. 1, 2012, the merger was completed, creating what is now known as YouthPower365. Today, the organization provides more than 15 programs in education enrichment for more than 4,200 children a year, in close partnership with Eagle County Schools, and focuses on three areas of work: PwrUp (Early Childhood), PwrHrs (K-12), and PwrOn (college & career readiness).