Teens Act has been greatly supported by various community partners. We are actively engaged in continually seeking collaboration with, and funding from, various sources such as local foundations, the school district, universities, corporate sponsors, private donors, and government agencies at both the federal and state level. We work with the following major supporters, partners, and sponsors, and we will continue to develop these partnerships to sustain our program:
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
Corporation for National and Community
In 2013, Teens Act received a four year CNCS grant to hire nine full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to help Teens Act develop the capacity of the organization through program supervision, curriculum development, fund development, and research.
Provo School District
The Provo School District has provided five years of funding (2013-2018) through the 21st Century Grant that has allowed us to operate our program consistently at Provo High School and Independence High School. They have committed over $45,000 of funding for our program to operate in those schools.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
We were awarded Ford’s national grant as part of our partnership with a local LULAC council in Utah. This grant is renewable, and we aim to continue to develop our relationship with Ford and LULAC.
Brigham Young University (BYU) and Utah Valley University (UVU)
Currently, we are in the process of developing stronger partnerships with over 20 independent secondary education departments and other important programs at BYU and UVU. We have a close partnership with these two schools, especially with BYU’s Y-Serve student volunteer program, BYU’s Sociology Department, UVU’s Organizational Development Class, BYU’s Ballard Center (On-Campus Internship Program), and the Marriott on Board program, which all provide us with quality volunteers and support staff as well as research projects.
We also work with various foundations such as the Telemachus Foundation, Scott Foundation, JEPS Foundation, Hemingway Foundation, and George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, among others. Each foundation provides us with funding ranging from $4,000-10,000. It is crucial for Teens Act to continually develop partnerships with foundations.
Teens Act has become a partner agency of the United Way of Utah County. This will give Teens Act access to additional funding sources and other resources in the local community.
Governmental and Non-profit Organizations
We are currently working with Gear Up, TRIO, and Latinos in Action (LIA) by sharing resources and cooperative efforts in the Provo School District. Gear Up focuses on tutoring, TRIO focuses on counseling, and LIA focuses on leadership programs for underserved students. Since we are serving sophomores this year, we help students raise their GPAs enough to participate in other community programs when they become juniors and seniors. These partnerships also helps Teens Act become sustainable as we collaborate the work in applying for grants as a partner agency and engaging in a long-term evaluation of participants.
We are currently building a stronger partnership with Provo City, where our program is located and operating. Provo Mayor John Curtis has recognized the work of our non-profit and will attend our annual gala event to demonstrate his support for Teens Act. We are also working with the Provo Economic Development Department to offer summer internships and job opportunities to the students Teens Act serves.Foundations
We work with the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Wheeler Foundation, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Philip G. McCarthy Foundation, Rocky Power Mountain Foundation, Larry H. Miller Charities, JEPS foundation, Jeffrey S. and Helen. Cardon Foundation, C.Scott and Dorothy E. Watkins Charitable Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation, among others. Each foundation provides us with funding ranging from $4,000-10,000. We are grateful for their support and recognize that it is crucial for Teens Acto continually develop partnerships with foundations for our sustainability.
Teens Act further benefits from partnerships with Exceptional Accounting Service, which provides us with accounting and payroll services for 50% off, and Velocity Networks, which designs and hosts our website free of charge. Startup Dojo offers us a 40% discount on our office rent. Many businesses in the community provide Teens Act with free gift cards or vouchers that are used as rewards for exceptional mentors and students, or auction items for our annual gala to raise funds. The Cheesecake Factory, Costco, and The Brick Oven are among our most recent donors. These businesses are important sources of help for Teens Act as we try keep expenses to a minimum, increase donations, and create a stronger rapport with the local business community.
In order to increase both the number and strength of our corporate partnerships and sponsors, Teens Act has been actively engaged in developing relationships with local businesses and community leaders through the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, K-16 Alliance, National Association of Professional Women, Nonprofit Coalition Group, BYU Management Society and BYU Alumni Association and others.