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Center for Public Deliberation receives $20,000 grant from Bohemian Foundation

By Jeff Dodge, as appearing in SOURCE

Several Colorado State University entities recently received Pharos Fund grants from Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation.

CSU recipients include Campus Connections (formerly Campus Corps), the Center for Public Deliberation, and the Little Shop of Physics.

They were among 33 local nonprofit groups that recently received a total of $500,500 from the Pharos Fund, started in 2001 by philanthropist Pat Stryker. The fund makes awards of up to $30,000 to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental units.

How the grants will be used

Campus Connections, which received $10,000, is a three-credit service-learning course for CSU students who serve as mentors to at-risk youth ages 11-18 in a structured group setting. It is operated by faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Youth who participate are typically experiencing a range of challenges, such as involvement in the juvenile justice system, drug/alcohol use, mental health issues, poverty, family issues, abuse and neglect. Bohemian Foundation funding will support essential case management services for the youth and clinical supervision of graduate student family therapists, who are on site for each session of Campus Connections providing therapeutic support, assessments and interventions.

The Center for Public Deliberation, based in the Department of Communication Studies, received $20,000 from the fund, representing the ninth grant the center has received from the Foundation in 10 years. The center, which has become a national model for student involvement in local deliberative efforts, will use the money to fund events, summer faculty support, and a graduate student’s work over the next two semesters.

‘Critical’ funding

“The funding from the Bohemian Foundation is critical to help us do the work that we do,” said Martin Carcasson, founder and director of the center. “We do our work as a public service, so funding from the Bohemian Foundation allows us to continue doing what we do without having to charge.”

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