2021 Report Card
Our Successes would not have been possible without your help!
FOYAN has Increased the number of youth impacted though outdoor programs from 2,900 in 2019, 3,600 in 2020 to over 5,000 in 2021.
FOYAN received several regional grant awards in 2021 focused on youth outdoor programs from the following: El Pomar Foundation, Westerns Colorado Community Foundation, West Elk Community Fund, Anshutz Family Foundation, Goodwin Foundation, Forever Our Rivers, the City of Grand Junction, Colorado Garden Foundation and several others. In addition, FOYAN has established a new funding partner (Montrose Community Foundation) and continues to seek new funding opportunities such as the Kyle Clark/Channel 9 News Fundraising Campaign, and KVNF/Alpine Bank Underwriting Grant. Private donations were instrumental in helping us leverage matches for our grants.
FOYAN funded the bus transportation to bring approximately 1200 students to interactive water learning activities on the Western Slope including:
“Water in the West” – a new Colorado River Water interactive exhibit at the Eureka Science Museum in Grand Junction. This hydrology exhibit has 12 different lessons about water, from turbulence and dissolved oxygen, measuring flow rate, irrigation, fish ladders, other water uses and a model of a transmountain diversion.
The annual Montrose Natural Resource Festival sponsored by the Shavano Valley Conservation District providing demonstrations and hands-on activities led by resource specialists – many stations focused on various aspects of water.
FOYAN assisted with funding bus transportation for these field trips made possible from matching grants from "Forever our Rivers" and "The Gunnison Round table" intended to bring students to western water learning opportunities.
Approximately 600 students from Mesa County participated in the "outdoor wilderness Lab" (OWL).
FOYAN assisted with bus transportation costs to bring 600 7th grade students from Mesa County School District to attend the Outdoor Wilderness Laboratory (OWL) in Gateway, Colorado after the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted for the school district in late spring. OWL is a 3-day environmental education program where specialists provided hands-on instruction exploring conservation of natural resources.
FOYAN received the "Youth Outside" grant - a new grant program to help at-risk youth connect with nature and the outdoors.
Approximately 130 Youth from CASA7JD (Montrose), 80 youth from Families Plus (Delta), 30 youth from Haven House for the Homeless, 80-90 youth from Partners West (Montrose, Delta, Ouray) and Peer Kindness (Montrose) are gaining experience and competence in new outdoor skills with peers, participating in team building activities and engaged in nature-inspired art through this grants. FOYAN is assisting with the purchase of outdoor gear for these groups and is helping to facilitate guided outings twice a month to a local or state park and/or federal public land area.
FOYAN provided partial or full scholarships For students and teachers to attend environmental learning and outdoor programs including:
96 youth received scholarships to go to at least one week-long summer camp through the Nature Connection (TNC) in Hotchkiss where they were engaged in outdoor nature activities and sports. FOYAN partially funded a young teen to join the TNC's girl’s 3-day backpacking adventure, and we provided a scholarship for a Delta teacher to attend a wilderness first aid course.
FOYAN awarded Northside Elementary (Montrose) $5000 for the schools Learning Garden and Outdoor Classroom,
Northside's school garden and outdoor classroom components was partially funded from the El Pomar Foundation San Juan Regional Council and donations from supporters of FOYAN. In addition, we assisted the Delta County School District - Farm to School Program acquire $17,000 through various grants for pollinator gardens at several schools.
FOYAN provided funding for cross country ski equipment rentals and participation in winter ecology programming for 180 youth
FOYAN board member continue to publish monthly outdoor articles in the local papers with tips and ideas for getting kids outside, and we consistently share information on nature and outdoor activities through Facebook and Instagram.
Check out our "blog" for seasonal tips and ideas on planning successful outing with youth.
FOYAN is helping Riverside Educational Center (REC) in Grand Junction with the purchase of beginner cross-country skis for their resilience building enrichment program.
REC will be serving 15 schools in the 2021-2022 school year, with one-on-one tutoring, and building outdoor skills helping more than 700 youth in need, build self -esteem and confidence.
Web development continues. The FOYAN website will be a one stop resource for youth, teachers and families in Delta, Mesa, and Montrose Counties!
Funds received by FOYAN through grants, donations and in-kind contributions directly impact over 5,000 of our local youth in Montrose, Mesa and Delta Counties.
2021 Funding Graphics
2021 Funding Growth
2021 Funding Sources