Grow Urban Youth into Future Environmental Leaders



Change the lives of culturally diverse, at-risk Colorado youth through science and outdoor education. Our programs incorporate mentoring, leadership, community service and career development. 98% of ELK youth graduate high school!

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Low-income, at-risk urban youth in Colorado do not have the same opportunities to experience the outdoors and learn about nature. Only 60% of them will even graduate high school. Our youth deserve to be inspired by nature, have the tools they need to succeed in life, and follow their chosen career paths. We need our youth to become the future environmental leaders of tomorrow to protect the planet and its people.

How will this project solve this problem?

ELK is changing the future by connecting our two most precious resources: our children and our environment. We inspire kids through nature, introduce them to science, leadership, and careers, and invest in their success.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project changes the lives of not only 80 youth, but also the community in which they live. Our communities are starving for homegrown leaders who are passionate and care about the people around them. Our youth graduate from high school, go to college, and become leaders in their careers and their community. Our program is a unique and necessary part of changing our youths’ lives around.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $370

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $370 .  The original project funding goal was $5,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Stacie Gilmore

Denver, CO United States

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