15 Forever was established at Community Foundation Boulder County in 2006 to promote civic engagement and leadership among Boulder County youth. In the years since, the youth-driven program has granted a total of more than $200,000.
The aim of the program to address the needs and concerns of Boulder County youth from a peer perspective. Students involved in 15 Forever learn about philanthropy and local issues by managing their own grant cycle over the course of the school year, while area students raise funds for nonprofits working to address the community issues that 15 Forever members have prioritized.
In 2020, the 15 Forever Youth Board has decided to focus its attention on youth homelessness, which disproportionately affects LGBTQ+ youth and contributes to food insecurity and educational disparities in the greater Boulder area.
According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, there were 23,014 homeless students in Colorado in 2018, 2,034 of whom were unaccompanied. 15 Forever believes it is its job to recognize and respond to the homelessness crisis in the region and do what it can to ensure that homeless youth in the area get access to basic resources and support.
To be eligible for a grant, organizations must provide homelessness intervention and/or prevention services within Boulder County for the benefit of Boulder County youth between birth and age 18. The universe of eligible intervention and prevention services is diverse and broad and may include, but is not limited to, medical, career development, financial literacy, or housing support. Funding can be used for a project, program, or general operating support.
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2020.
See Community Foundation Boulder Country website for additional information, including eligibility criteria and a grant award timeline.