Five ways we’re supporting the mental health of students and educators
Having school-based support is critical to navigating mental health struggles and we’ve made five key investments in mental health so far this year.
Our Academic Opportunity Fund provides resources to educators and schools through grants that enable all students to fully engage in learning. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and prioritize schools and programs with the highest financial need.
Providing opportunities for BVSD students, from tutoring to software to transportation expenses, reduces the economic barriers to academic success.
Please use the application form to assess your need and align it with the most appropriate resource, whether it be Impact on Education, BVSD or another community organization.
Applications due Monday, November 14, 2022
Decisions announced in December 2022
Impact on Education makes investments to support the ongoing mental health needs of students and staff throughout the Boulder Valley School District.
Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a pediatric mental health state of emergency in May of 2021, citing skyrocketing demand for mental health services among Colorado’s youth.
In addition to the well-documented impact of the pandemic on mental health, our community also experienced a mass shooting and Colorado’s most destructive wildfire in 2021. BVSD is committed to providing mental health support for students from kindergarten through graduation.
In 2019, BVSD was working to roll out a new phonics-based curriculum in elementary schools and begin screening Kindergarten students to identify those at risk for dyslexia, but they lacked the funds to quickly train all educators.
Impact on Education, in partnership with Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia (BVKID), stepped in to fund professional development and training for 46 BVSD interventionists and classroom educators.
The training took place in the summer of 2020 and meant that during the 2020-21 school year, every school in BVSD had at least one interventionist who was trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to better support students. In 2021, IOE also supplemented BVSD’s educator training, but we are pleased to share that over the summer of 2022, BVSD made their biggest investment to date for this critical training opportunity by funding 85 elementary educators to participate in the training.