WHO WE ARE

Who We Are

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 everchanging resort community to provide optimal services to the working families who struggle every day to make ends meet and to raise educated, wellrounded children. This year, YouthPower365 celebrates 20 years of providing critical wraparound support services to Eagle County youth and families.

YouthPower365 has grown in both size and services over the course of our 20-year 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.

What We Do

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.

Our History

Created in 1997, YouthPower365 (then named the Youth Foundation) was designed to impact youth with positive mentorship, community interaction and recreation applications that inspire self-confidence, friendship, and integrity in the hearts of all participants, as well as volunteers and supporters.  Headed by inaugural chairman Mark Smith, the 15-member founding board also included Rod Slifer, Chupa Nelson, Bob Hernreich, Gerald Gallegos, Steve Fossett, along with nine other individuals that donated their time to the organization’s early efforts.

In January 1, 2012, the Vail Valley Foundation and YouthPower365 merged to collectively offer more effective and efficient programming as education arm of the Vail Valley Foundation. Since then, the Vail Valley Foundation and YouthPower365 have shared a successful partnership and continue to grow to meet changing needs. Through our attention to human resource and cost efficiency, added strength due to the merger, elimination of competition with VVF initiatives, and the unyielding creativity of our staff and leadership, YouthPower365 has been able to serve more children, offer more effective programming, and leverage greater community support for our initiatives. YouthPower365 operates as a separate 501(c)3 and all contributions remain restricted to education.

In October 2017, we will be celebrating 20 years of serving children and families throughout Eagle County. From humble beginnings, we now have 17 full-time staff employees, employ 168 teachers in our programs, utilize 200+ volunteers, and serve over 4,200 students from cradle to career.

Our Staff

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