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YouthEntity has been selected to compete in the Pepsi Refresh Project during the month of May. We are competing for a $25,000 grant to bring financial education to valley youth including cash awards for learning. So far our program has reached more than 300 students and thousands of dollars in cash awards have poured into the community, and we want to reach more.In order to be awarded the grant, we need community voters (ages 13 and over) to vote daily from May 2 through May 30 for our grant application at At YouthEntity, we believe financial education is for everyone, and that it is a process that should begin at a young age. That’s why we have created and continue to develop programs for youth in elementary through high school so that we can help build a stronger nation through financial education, one young person at a time. YouthEntity’s “I am financial knowledge” program for fourth- through sixth-graders is featured in the grant and is a financial capability program based on national Jump$tart standards. In “I am financial knowledge,” students learn about planning and money management, credit and debt, risk management and insurance, saving and investing, financial responsibly and decision making, and income and careers. “As a graduate of this program, these students will not only be more financially literate than most adults, they will have a great foundation to continue their financial education through other YouthEntity programs such as the Investment Challenge,” said Kirsten McDaniel, YouthEntity director. Graduates of the program also have an opportunity to open a bank account at the YouthEntity Alpine Bank and are eligible to receive an additional 1 percent interest on their savings accounts up to a balance of $1,000.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts and Garfield County Vegetative Management will provide cost share to treat Garfield County’s noxious weeds. An onsite visit is required by the conservation district to help identify your weeds, address resource issues and develop a weed management plan. The deadline for spring application is July 15. Applications for the program are available at the district office by calling 945-5494, ext. 105, or go to to download an application.

Volunteers are urgently needed to help out at the Dandelion Day-Arbor Day Festival in Sopris Park, on May 7. To volunteer or for more information call Sue at 618-1849 or email

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