Participating CharitiesMentoring Colorado's Youth
For nearly seven decades, Denver Kids has worked with students attending Denver Public Schools who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments to successfully complete high school, pursue post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community. We do so through one-on-one Educational Counseling dedicated to a holistic and long-term approach that addresses both the academic and social/emotional needs of each student. The long-term goal is to empower our young people and end the cycle of generational poverty one family at a time. It is a critical mission for them and for our local economy. We believe that every student, regardless of their socioeconomic status, deserves a chance to reach their fullest potential.
The mission of Gunnison Valley Mentors is to promote the healthy growth of young people through one to one mentoring partnerships and enrichment opportunities. Mentors matter in the lives of those they serve. Mentors connect, motivate, inspire, educate and empower youth to grow into their fullest potential.
Many people know the retail arm of Goodwill Industries of Denver however, our agency also has an extensive high school career development program that assists teens in formulating a career path prior to graduation from high school. Not only does this programming focus on planning, preparation and job training to ready them for the workforce or post-secondary education, it also motivates them to finish high school and reach for their dreams. Last year, our agency provided youth programming in 37 schools in 7 school districts as well as several college campuses serving 17,684 students. Our hope is to help youth get the education, support and resources they need to achieve self-sufficiency, dignity and hope through the power of work and become long term contributors to our community. To accomplish these outcomes we offer both site based school staff support as well as mentoring programs focusing on post-secondary preparation, career readiness and life skills for first generation youth in young people coming from at-risk communities. Our mentoring model is primarily site based group mentoring targeting youth ages 15-19. More information about Goodwill Industries of Denver’s Youth Services Programming can be found at http://www.goodwilldenver.org/programs/youth-development-programs/
Partners in Routt County makes a positive difference in the lives of Routt County youth by pairing them with positive adult role models through our Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring programs. Youth between the ages of 6-17, who are in need of additional support, are referred to the program by other youth serving professionals and are carefully matched with a screened and trained volunteer mentor who spends time with their mentee each week for a minimum of one year. Each partnership is supported by a Case Manager and is also provided the opportunity to attend monthly group activities, on-going trainings, and referral to resources as needed. In addition to one-to-one mentoring, our School-Based program also offers in-school and after-school programs for all students in the schools. We have been providing mentoring services in our community for 20 years and currently serve over 600 youth each year. Our website, if you don’t already have it, is www.PartnersRouttCounty.org
Since 1995, Denver Urban Scholars has been dedicated to helping metro Denver students with the greatest need graduate high school and enter higher education with a meaningful life plan for success. The students we serve are those who have potential, but are at risk of dropping out or getting lost in the current system. We require a significant commitment from each student in our programs, and in return, students who choose to be a part of our programs are empowered and inspired to succeed through mentoring, case management, academic support and financial assistance.
Mentor Colorado was founded in April 2014 by the passion and vision of a number of grassroots organizations implementing mentoring programs. These organizations established the partnership to improve their ability to collaborate and strengthen communities through mentoring. To amplify the impact of mentoring, Mentor Colorado supports the growth and development of 60 organizations throughout the state resulting in greater collaboration, more high-quality mentoring programs, better use of resources, and most importantly, more young people matched in quality mentoring relationships.