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The UEA Children At Risk Foundation (CARF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, implement, sponsor, distribute and/or otherwise make available educational materials and programs designed to further the goal of the Utah Education Association in promoting the educational welfare of children at risk.


If you are interested in applying for an individual or group grant from the UEA Children At Risk Foundation, please click here. Mini Grants are available up to $500 and Innovation Grants are available for $1,000.


 President (VACANT)

 Karen Gorringe, Vice President 
 Paula Zsiray, Executive Director
 Jennifer Boehme
Kimilee Campbell
 Sue Dickey 
 Connie Sorensen    
 Marjean Wayment, UEA Board Liaison
 Brenda Pett, UEA Staff Liaison

Paula Zsiray CARF's Executive Director.

Please consider a donation to the UEA Children At Risk Foundation. You can download the contribution form by clicking here (PDF), filling out and then send to:
The UEA Children At Risk Foundation
875 E. Pontiac Drive
Murray, UT 84107

You can also support the CARF, by shopping at AmazonSmile. Just click this link

CARF at Work

Speaker tells students to 'stand up for what's right'

Simeon Wright, a cousin and witness to the kidnapping of Emmitt Till, presented his story of standing up for what's right and helping others in need to students at Two Rivers High School and Weber State University on Feb. 5-6, 2013. His visit was sponsored, in part, by a grant from the UEA Children at Risk Foundation. 

Grant helps students in remote area reach college dreams 

Despite its remote location, thousands of tourists make the long trek to the iconic red-rock vistas of Southeastern Utah’s Monument Valley each year. But for veteran Monument Valley High School educator Howard Dee, the problem is not how to get tourists to the isolated area, it is how to get his students out…to attend college.

With the help of grants from the UEA Children at Risk Foundation, Dee created a program that allows students to take concurrent enrollment classes, to improve their ACT scores by taking the test a second time, and to make personal visits to college campuses…more

Authors offer writing tips to students

Thanks to a grant from the UEA Children at Risk Foundation, about 20 students at Two Rivers High School in Ogden are getting hands-on writing experience from two authors living in Utah. An article in the Ogden Standard-Examiner provides details.

Grant provides college credit for Monument Valley students

At an after-school assembly at Monument Valley High School with an auditorium of students looking on, the UEA Children at Risk Foundation presented veteran educator Howard Dee with a $1,000 check to help him fund concurrent enrollment-related trips for students at the remote school. CARF Executive Director Scott Berryessa explained that the foundation works to support programs that enhance opportunities for students and teachers. “We as teachers care about you as students,” Berryessa said as he presented Dee with the contribution.

Children at Risk Foundation individual and group grants

The Children at Risk Foundation takes applications for individual and group grants. PreK-12 UEA member educators are encouraged to apply. Mini Grants are available for up to $1,200 and are awarded to an individual currently working with an at-risk population who has developed a program to benefit student achievement, efficacy, and overall school success. The program can be targeted to a classroom, grade level, or school. Innovation Grants are available for $2,500 and are awarded to an individual or group who has designed a unique program to benefit a highly-impacted population.

Grant applications must be submitted by a UEA member, be tied to new projects and not replace funding for projects already in existence, have the potential to serve a larger number of students rather than specific individuals, and have the potential to be shared with other educators serving similar populations.

Submission of Grant applications are closed at this time. The process will be open again in the Spring of 2016.