The Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services, Inc. (CROPS) is a nonprofit, 501 c 3 organization that was founded in 2004 by Beverly Santicola and her late mom, Ardella Paulsen. CROPS mission is to grow a new generation of rural leaders for the future. Since 2015 CROPS has primarily worked in Rural and Native American communities engaging youth and elders in inter-generational problem solving for community revitalization and improvements.
Film-making and digital media technologies are used as a platform for youth leadership development. Between 2015 and 2018 the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe youth wrote, directed, performed and produced four award winning films about serious social issues on their reservation, including teen suicide and substance abuse. Their films ESCAPE and THE STRENGTH OF SIBLINGS have been viewed by more than 5 million people online.
Leadership teams comprised of rural youth and elders are trained to work together to solve community problems such as housing shortages, substance abuse, suicide, poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation. Over the past four years as a result of this approach CROPS has helped generate nearly 50M in new grants for solar energy, water, wastewater, health, education, suicide and substance prevention, victims assistance and child welfare services.
We're seeking matching donations of $5.00 and up from individuals to continue our work in rural communities like San Pierre, Indiana and Towaoc, Colorado. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to interview elders in San Pierre, and $300,000 to address homelessness on the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation. Please designate which project you wish to support when making a tax deductible donation. Contact email@example.com for more information or contact us by phone.