Alexis Owen is the Founder and Executive Director of the Young Philanthropists Foundation (YPF). YPF is an organization dedicated to educating K-8 students on the benefits of engaging in their communities with a mission to give kids the power to change our world through philanthropy and volunteerism. The Foundation operates on the assumption that if you give kids the opportunity to make a difference today, they will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. The Foundation runs the successful Penny Harvest program across Colorado.
At the age of 25, after witnessing the September 11 terrorist attacks from her balcony in Brooklyn, NY, Alexis founded the September 11 Quilt Project, a national “healing” project that received enormous acclaim. A giant American flag made up of individually designed panels of cloth that came from all over the world, the September 11 Quilt Project toured the country, and was featured in such publications as The New York Times, People Magazine, TIME Magazine, and The Washington Post as well as on such news programs as CNN Headline News. The flag was recently donated to the Colorado Historical Society.
Additionally, Alexis and her husband, Andy, run a local PR firm. Alexis is Past President of the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program (RAAP) in Denver, a graduate of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Leadership Program, a member of the Leadership Denver class of 2008 through the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, and was nominated as 2008 Outstanding Nonprofit Professional of the Year through the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.