Caring for the next generation

Denver spoke. We listened. The earlier and more resources we can provide Denver’s youth, the less crisis and need for costly services later in life.

Address mental health and substance misuse issues early.

Right now, resources are limited. By creating more opportunities that tackle problems at the source, youth are more likely to avoid downstream problems later in life, like justice involvement.

Improve resilience to life stresses and pressures.

Unsurprisingly, today’s youth face a lot of life pressures and stresses. For many, that leads to anxiety and depression, and for some, more severe mental health concerns. This can impact success and school, or lead to negative coping strategies like substance misuse, self-harm, and involvement in criminal behaviors.

Increase awareness of and participation in well-being and help-seeking, particularly for youth allies.

Parents, caregivers, schools, and others are critical allies for Denver’s youth. We must help these allies better recognize, address, and talk about mental health and stress—just like we do with physical health.

Youth Grants

Grants in our Youth priority area provide earlier and more resources to reduce crisis and increase resilience for Denver youth coping with life stressors. Our grantees work to reduce youth harm to self and others through addressing trauma, mental health, and substance misuse; increase youth ability to demonstrate healthy resilience for coping with challenges and stresses in life; and increase awareness and involvement by family and allies in ways that help youth address trauma, mental health, and substance misuse.

View a Summary of the Youth Grants

Youth Learning Brief

Caring For Denver Foundation is committed to learning both as a measure of progress and to guide our future actions. Deeply listening to our grantees and their expertise is part of this commitment. Learning Briefs share back what we’ve learned and how grantees are helping us think about our work differently.

We want to hear your ideas.

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