United Way of Weld County Youth Allocations Committee Recommends Nearly $15,000 in Funding to Nonprofit Agencies

Six Weld County high school students on the United Way of Weld County Youth Allocations Committee determined and oversaw the awarding of $14,752 to area nonprofit agencies.


Each year, the Youth Allocations Committee invests funds from the previous year’s youth campaign held at local schools by Weld County elementary and secondary students. The Youth Allocations Committee high school students are recruited and trained to review proposals from nonprofit agencies for funding. The students on the committee review written proposals, visit with the agencies and make recommendations for funding to the United Way of Weld County board of directors.

“Our youth volunteers have to make very difficult decisions as requests far exceed the funds they have to award,” United Way of Weld County President and CEO Jeannine Truswell said. “The depth of their discussions demonstrates their caring, intelligence and leadership. These are our future leaders and they inspire us.”

Students on the committee this year were: Ethan Alcazar (Eaton High School, junior), Luis Garcia (Greeley Central High School, senior), Sierra Henry (Frontier Academy, senior), Annika Miller (Frontier Academy, senior), Anita Patane (Greeley West High School, junior) and Alondra Retana (Frontier Academy, senior).


The 2016-17 recipient agencies are:
• Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains – Safe Touch: Body Safety program ( $1,000)
• Weld Food Bank – Kids Backpack Program ($1,750)
• Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development – Coaching/mentoring ($477)
• Catholic Charities – Homeless Prevention Program and emergency assistance ($1,000)
• Global Refugee Center – Little Learners Program ($1,000)
• Partners Mentoring Youth – community based youth mentoring program ($1,500)
• Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley – neighborhood revitalization ($1,750)
• North Range Behavioral Health – Home Instructions for Parents of Preschool Youngsters ($625)
• "I Have a Dream: Foundation of Boulder County – Carbon Valley Dreamer Class Summer Program ( $1,750)
• Right to Read – Summer English Academy ($1,500)
• Greeley Dream Team – Educational Talent Search Summer Program ($1,000)
• Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County – junior staff ($1,000)
• Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy (Technology and marketing and outreach items – ($400)


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United Way of Weld County Youth Allocation Committee members are, from left, Anita Patane, Luis Garcia, Ethan Alcazar, Annika Miller, Sierra Henry and Alondra Retana.









If a high school student is interested in serving on the Youth Allocations Committee, contact Lyle SmithGraybeal, United Way of Weld County vice president of community impact, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling (970) 304-6199.