Through its sale of Homecoming mums, members of the Key Club were able to raise the $500 needed to get a $7,500 grant from the El Pomar Foundation through its El Pomar Youth Community Service (EPYCS) program.
The Key Club students have joined with those from Moffat County Youth United Way to disperse the money.
"Kids have all the power," Key Club adviser Cindy Morris said. "They make the decisions as to who to grant the money to."
First, students survey the student body to see what types of health and human service organizations they want to fund.
Using the results of that survey, they develop a mission statement and send letters to all non-profit organizations on the Western Slope to see if they serve an area listed in the mission statement. This year teens in EPYCS focused on funding organizations or groups who served educational purposes, youth or the elderly.
Eight agencies received funding: The Boys & Girls Club of Craig , $1,000; Recreational After-school Doorway (RAD), $1,000; The Science Outreach Center, $500; Humble Ranch in Steamboat Springs, $1,000; Buddy Program, $500; Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, $1,000; Make-A-Wish, $1,500; and Horizons Specialized Services, $1,000