RYDER’S FUND

Ryder Johnson

Ryder’s Fund is a charitable endowment created in celebration of Ryder Johnson’s life and directed to enhancing the healthy development of young people in our community and assisting them with life’s challenges. The fund will seek opportunities for collaboration with local law enforcement officials to maximize impact and include grants to local organizations providing more specialized services.

Ryder Johnson had a direct and meaningful history with the YMCA of Boulder Valley. He played hockey for many years at the Arapahoe YMCA and especially loved to play goalie. He also participated in many other sports and programs through the years. It is therefore appropriate for a fund bearing his name to be administered through the YMCA’s Endowment Committee. A member of the Johnson family will serve on the Endowment Committee to ensure that the purposes of the fund are carried out and the lives of young people in our community are nurtured, enhanced and enriched.

Ryder’s Fund Spring Newsletter

See how Ryder’s Fund is supporting local schools and education programs, law enforcement, specialized service providers, faith communities and youth programs.

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CU Boulder Buff Peer Advocacy Group

Ryder’s Fund is proud to sponsor the CU Buff Peer Advocacy Group, a CU student athlete’s group dedicated to raising awareness around mental health issues.

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Young Minds Matter Lecture Series: The Connection Between Drug Use and Suicide

Jan 9, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at Mental Health Partners’ Ryan Wellness Center

Kristina Hindert, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, will lead a discussion about how the use of marijuana, alcohol, prescription drugs and other substances is linked to suicide attempts in teenagers and emerging adults. READ MORE

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Young Minds Matter Lecture Series: How Stress and Strain Affect Today’s Youth

Jan 24, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at Mental Health Partners’ Ryan Wellness Center

Join Chris Bader, PhD, Director, Psychological Health & Performance, University of Colorado Athletic Department for an informative presentation and conversation about the signs and symptoms of stress-overload and how parents can help provide relief, encouragement and guidance. READ MORE

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Ryder’s Fund Supports First Responders, Reserve Crisis Fund

​Ryder’s Fund gives back to those who support rescue efforts in this community. READ MORE