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The Chaffee County Youth Alliance (CCYA) has announced its second annual mini-grant awards, which distributes $10,000 to 10 community youth projects across Chaffee County. Grants of up to $1,500 were awarded to support projects and programs focused on positive youth development. All programs will occur during 2019.

The CCYA grant process gave special consideration to applications written and submitted with youth as program partners. Community mini-grants were awarded to the following agencies and projects:

Buena Vista Public Library – Youth advisory group to create after-school Teen Space.

Chaffee County High School – GSA-hosted story-times that involve LGBTQ+ story books at the public library, senior projects to conduct mindfulness workshops at school.

Boys & Girls Club Salida Branch – Creation of Youth Yoga Team where youth learn the foundations of yoga and choreograph routines for friends and family in a showcase.

Friends of Salida Skateparks – Youth-hosted Skate Art Workshop to paint blank skateboards and turn them into art masterpieces, to be sold during ArtWalk.

Boys & Girls Club Buena Vista Site – Community Service Projects led and organized by the Torch Club, made up of youth age 10-13.

Greater Arkansas River Nature Association –Youth activities that focus on improving mental health by being in nature, creating a connection to the public land that they utilize.

Salida High School Drama Team – Youth leadership opportunity to engage in theatre by performing, learning, and supporting each other in a structured peer environment.

Articipate – Expanding youth classes to provide in-depth exposure to various art forms.

elevateHER – Winter Capstone Project, where youth utilize skills they’ve learned to take help to execute an outdoor adventure by planning out the trip.

Mini-Blessings – Project led by high school students to expand the sensory garden to be handicap accessible and robust as an outdoor experiential environment for youth.

The Chaffee County Youth Alliance is part of the Communities That Care program: a collaboration of Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI) and Chaffee County Public Health. CTC is an evidence-based prevention planning system aimed at helping communities prevent youth risk problem behaviors including alcohol, tobacco and drug use.

Those interested in learning more about CCYA or who have questions regarding the mini-grant process, should contact Communities That Care Facilitator Liz Sielatycki at 719-395-0344 (ext. 107) or email her at