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Young Americans Center Receives $15,000 Grant from Colorado Garden Foundation
Grant money to support "Greening Up Young AmeriTowne" Initiative
In April 2016 CGF awarded $479,004, including matching grants of $25,800 provided by Bellco (https://www.bellco.org/)
Since the partnership began in mid-2015, Colorado Garden Foundation has planted seasonal and native plants in Young AmeriTowne at the Denver and Lakewood locations. A student "Parks and Recreation Manager" oversees the care of the plants, watering and trimming as needed.
Besides creating a lush environment in Towne, the support of Colorado Garden Foundation highlights the importance of having parks and green areas in communities for students at an early age. Amanda Krische, Vice President of Programs at Young Americans Center notes, "Through the Young AmeriTowne Program, youth experience what it's like to be an adult, working for wages, budgeting time and money, and learning how to use a checking account responsibly. Colorado Garden Foundation has created even more value for AmeriTowne participants, providing the opportunity for students to take an active role in making their community a physically better space."
Grants and scholarships are awarded from ticket proceeds generated at the CGF's two annual shows: Colorado Garden & Home Show (http://coloradogardenfoundation.org/
"Every year, we look forward to awarding grants that educate and build community around horticultural endeavors," said Jim Fricke, Colorado Garden Foundation executive director. "We are honored to support Young Americans Center's Greening Up Young AmeriTowne project. We are inspired by the work that they do and hope this grant helps them reach their gardening goals."
About Colorado Garden Foundation
Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-
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