New Loan Closing: PlatteForum
Supporting Colorado youth through art and activism
$125,000 loan through the Metro Denver Nonprofit Loan Fund
Based in Denver, PlatteForum connects young people to professional artists in a safe environment where they can take creative risks and explore social issues through the arts. Through this process, youth participants develop academic, professional, social-emotional, leadership, and personal skills. They also apply an equity lens to their work, seeking out BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth who often face greater barriers to their success. Through their flagship Art Lab Future program, PlatteForum offers free tutoring, social-emotional mental health counseling, food support, immigration services, and social work services for youth participants who are experiencing homelessness or are in the foster care system. Due to COVID-19, demand for these services has tripled – driving up PlatteForum's program costs. Offered through our Metro Denver Nonprofit Loan Fund, this loan will both help PlatteForum meet this rising demand and support investments in key infrastructure improvements – like a better space and new computers for staff – that will help them thrive in the long term.