Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock reflects on the impact that Boys & Girls Clubs has had on his life and shares the City of Denver’s goals for the youth in our community.
Describe your involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. I grew up going to the local Boys & Girls Club in northeast Denver along with my sisters and brothers and many friends. This organization has been an invaluable partner to the city and families of Denver for decades. Today, they play an integral role in partnership with my administration to form and implement the Denver Afterschool Alliance. As one of Denver’s organizational leaders in data collection and work around providing high-quality afterschool programming, they have been and continue to be a go-to partner when it comes to closing opportunity gaps in Denver’s neighborhoods in need. Continue reading →
The dawn of the 21st century has sparked great changes to our society and youth culture. On a global scale, we are more interconnected via technology and there has been an increase in the overall pace of life, resulting in a shift in how we communicate and interact. With this shift comes an increased challenge to ensure that all youth have what they need to successfully meet the complex challenges of young adulthood. Continue reading →
At his Boys & Girls Club, Tiger’s outgoing personality and mature attitude make him a natural leader. While striving to accomplish an array of self-set goals, Tiger has is eyes set on a promising future. Tiger has spent the past nine years at his Club building leadership skills, spearheading community projects and serving as a mentor for his younger peers.
“To me, the Club is a secondary home that gives me a head start for my adult life,” said Tiger. “Without the Club, my opportunities to build a better future would have been limited.”
When Demitria Flores first stepped on the Colorado State University campus, she wasn’t sure she would stay.
Coming from a family where her parents hadn’t completed high school and few of her peers had joined her on campus, Flores felt alone and overwhelmed.
“When I first came to CSU, I had a really hard time. I struggled,” said Flores, now a 20-year-old junior majoring in Human Development. “I felt lost and it was a lot to take in. I reached out to a few people from Boys & Girls Clubs and they reminded me why I was there and helped me find resources on campus. Once I found friends and started to be successful, that’s when I really started to enjoy CSU.”
The transition from struggle to success is the premise of a groundbreaking new partnership between Colorado State University and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Continue reading →
Encouraging kids to read independently is critical to their overall academic success. Studies have shown that a student who can’t read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate on time.
“A student who can’t read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer.”
– Donald J. Hernandez, Annie E. Casey Foundation
At the Clubs, kids of all ages can participate in a variety of programs designed to encourage reading and make reading fun. Continue reading →
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is gearing up for another great year of celebrating the amazing youth in our community through the Youth of the Year competition and we need your help.
WHAT IS YOUTH OF THE YEAR?
A nationally recognized program.Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program for Club members. It is a year-long competition amongst high performing Club members which begins at the Club level. Top performing youth advance to the city-wide competition. Each city-wide candidate then has the potential to advance to the state, regional and national competition.
Boys & Girls Clubs receives 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fifth consecutive time. Only five percent of charities have received at least give consecutive 4-star ratings.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time that Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver has earned this top distinction. Only 5% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver outperforms most other charities in America. Continue reading →
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