Students to award money to nonprofits

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Students from six area high schools will present $48,000 on Thursday to nonprofit organizations during an El Pomar Youth in Community Service program at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

The ceremony is the culminating event of the EPYCS program. The program is statewide and sponsored by the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs. Every year, the program teaches students about leadership, community service, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. It is in these areas that the students raise money to receive matching grants.

Student groups from each of the six high schools raised $500 and received $7,500 in matching grants from El Pomar. After raising money and receiving grants, the students acted as their own special "mini-foundations" and made decisions regarding which nonprofit organizations and school programs would receive funds.

The high schools that took part in the program were Hayden High School, Lowell Whiteman School, Meeker High School, Moffat County High School, Soroco High School, and Steamboat Springs High School.

During the ceremony, the student representatives from each school will be able to reflect on their experiences in the EPYCS program and distribute their grants to their selected organizations. Those attending the ceremony will be high school students, school officials, community leaders and representatives from different nonprofit organizations.

This year, students from 134 high schools in Colorado will grant more than $1.1 million through the EPYCS program. Since the start of the program in 1991, students involved have granted more than $8.1 million to nonprofit organizations in Colorado.

El Pomar Foundation was founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937. The foundation contributes nearly $20 million through direct grants and operating programs. The contributions support nonprofit organizations in Colorado.

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