Our Service Area: Aspen to Parachute
Aspen Community Foundation’s service area spans a corridor of ranchland and mountain slopes along the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Belying pictures of rural poverty, the region is home to picturesque mountain towns – marked by small business, public art and cattle drives that stop traffic. What you don’t see are the unattended children and youth congregating in trailer parks and rooms in dilapidated homes, discretely out of the way of tourists, waiting for parents who work double and triple shifts. Of these parents, 40% commute over an hour.
As the data below demonstrates, children living in this area have highly diverse backgrounds and experiences that lead some children on to post-secondary education and success and others to dropping out of school.
Free and Reduced Lunch
Not Ready for Kindergarten
Not Proficient in Reading
Not Proficient in Math
Afterschool Program Access
High School Graduation
Low Income Student Graduation
Dedicated College Counseling Access