Teens Act has been supported significantly by various community partners. We are actively engaged in seeking collaboration with, and funding from local foundations, schools and districts, universities, corporate sponsors, private donors, and government agencies at both the federal and state level. We work with the following major partners, and sponsors.
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE (CNCS)
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. In 2018, Teens Act was granted two AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA members.
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, Independence High School and most recently through Timpview High School. They have committed over $45,000 of funding for our program to operate in those schools. As of the 2018-19 school year Teens Act is not actively working in the Jordan School District in past years through Valley High as well as at Jordan High School they have provided thousands of dollars in in-kind donations in facilities use, material use and personnel costs.
LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (LULAC)
We have been 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) UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY (UVU) SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (SLCC)
Currently, we are in the process of developing stronger partnerships with over 20 independent secondary education departments and other important programs at BYU, UVU and SLCC. We have a close partnership with these schools. BYU’s Y-Serve student volunteer program has provided assistance in all of our schools and districts. BYU’s Sociology Department, UVU’s Organizational Development Class, BYU’s Ballard Center (On-Campus Internship Program), and the Marriott on Board program, have all provide us with quality volunteers and support staff as well as research projects. UVU's Center for Social Impact (formely Service and Learning Program) has provided us with invaluable volunteers and support, as have TRIO, First Generation, CAL and Student Retention. SLCC has provided indispensable assistance through the Thayne Center and individual professors and their students such as through Dr. Daniel Baird's Technical Writing classes. With the assistance of his students we have received assistance in improving a number of program services including, media, PR, Web work, and data analysis.
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 give Teens Act access to additional supports, funding and 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 Latino students. These partnerships also help Teens Act become sustainable as we collaborate in our work with students and in applying for grants as partner agencies.
We continue to build a stronger partnership with Provo City. We have been recipients of a CDBG 2 out of the last 3 years. Former Provo City Mayor John Curtis had recognized the work of our non-profit. Current Mayor Michelle Kaufusi has demonstrated her support for Teens Act in a number of ways. Prior to her election as mayor, while on the Provo School District Board of Education, she was a guest speaker in our class at Provo High School. She also facilitated to participation of other family members to participate with us. As Mayor she supported our Back to School Bash in August of 2018.. We are also exploring the possibility of tours of city programs as well as internships and job opportunities for the students Teens Act serves.
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 $1,000-10,000. 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 benefits from partnerships with a number of businesses. The Utah Valley Youth Symphony allows us to share office space with them, Jackie Choto provides us with accounting and payroll services, The CW Group as well as Automaxx have provided ongoing funding for our program services. Many businesses in the community provide Teens Act with program funding through donations such as Panda Express, CPK, Alpine Credit Union, events, free gift cards or vouchers that are used as rewards for exceptional mentors and students and auction items such as Little Giant Ladder Systems for our fundraising events. These businesses are important partners with Teens Act as we keep expenses to a minimum, increase donations, and create a stronger rapport with the 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.