Youth United Is the New Name for Solomon & RISE Funds

Park City Community Foundation merges its programs that give local kids access to sports, activities, & belonging.

Park City, UT – March 24, 2024 – Park City Community Foundation today announced that its Solomon Fund and RISE Fund programs have merged and are now named Youth United. The unified program offers local children and teens (Pre-K-12 grade) reduced-cost access to sports, recreation, clubs, camps, and extracurricular activities. Youth United makes belonging and community connections possible for school-aged kids, regardless of their financial circumstances or cultural background.

Youth United is for Latino kids, BIPOC kids, and kids of any background who are navigating any financial constraints. Participants receive scholarships and equipment, dramatically reducing the cost of access. Through these experiences, kids from all backgrounds become friends and feel a sense of accomplishment and belonging. Youth United improves outcomes for every local student, particularly students of color and bilingual students who have not had access to opportunities they want to try.

Solomon Fund was the brainchild of Beano Solomon. “Our goal is to see children of different backgrounds sitting together in the lunchroom,” said Solomon. “All children should feel like they belong. We are a very privileged community and together we can ensure that all children are included in all activities.”

In partnership with Park City Community Foundation, Solomon Fund was created in 2016 and focused on younger students at the Pre-K-8th grade levels. It has successfully grown Latino student participation in sports and recreation up to 18%, which more accurately reflects local Park City demographics. Inspired by Solomon Fund, Molly and Kevin Efrusy also partnered with the Community Foundation in 2020 to found RISE Fund, a very similar program, but for Park City High School students.

The new name, Youth United, was selected by surveying supportive donors, participants, and partners. Nearly 200 names were submitted and then narrowed down to a shortlist which participants ranked in order of preference. Youth United was the top choice.

“It made sense to merge these similar programs and change the name to Youth United so that kids, as they age, can participate in one program,” said Diego Zegarra, Vice President of Equity & Impact at Park City Community Foundation. “We are very proud of the achievements we’ve made in partnership with our donors and other organizations to build a more equitable Park City and Summit County and we expect continued need and growth for this program.”

Youth United is a program of Park City Community Foundation and now serves local kids of all ages to access in-school and out-of-school activities. Youth United kids can participate in everything from soccer, skiing, boxing, cheerleading, and mountain biking to dance, theater, and debate with over 30 partner organizations, such as Youth Sports Alliance, Park City High School, and others.

Community Foundation staff convenes partners and families through Spanish communications, community outreach events, and registration for activities. The families of participants are also connected to important community resources, like healthcare, legal support, and housing. Over 100 donors fund the program and the Community Foundation distributes grants to partners who in turn provide scholarships to youth.

“I’m excited that we now have a unified program that serves all students from kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Molly Efrusy, founder of RISE Fund (now Youth United). “Merging the two programs allows us to think about creating a pipeline for sports and extracurriculars at the high school level, which is especially important for competitive sports that require several years of experience.”

Today’s announcement of the new name was made at the spring registration event for Youth United which took place at the Blair Education Center. Over 200 people were in attendance to register their kids for sports, activities, and camps with the Youth United partners. Other providers were also on-site offering access to healthcare services and childcare scholarships. Park City Community Foundation thanks Orthopedic Partners for sponsoring Youth United. Event sponsors were Intermountain Health and U of U Health Plans.

About Park City Community Foundation – The Community Foundation plays a vital role in solving the biggest challenges in greater Park City. It cares for and invests in our people, place, and culture by bringing together local nonprofits, donors, and community leaders to contribute financial resources and innovative ideas to benefit all the people who live and work here. As the home of Live PC Give PC, Women’s Giving Fund, Youth United, and other important initiatives, the Community Foundation has generated more than $57.8 million in total impact to the greater Park City community and Summit County since its inception in 2007. Learn more about donating, volunteering, fundraising, and getting involved at For more information about the Youth United, visit

Media Contact: Christine Coleman, Park City Community Foundation,, 415-209-8506.

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