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 →
The Colorado Rapids and MLS WORKS announced today the official activation of the second mini-pitch in Colorado. The mini-pitch was initially revealed to the public at the Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City Grand Opening on August 25. The Rapids, in partnership with Boys & Girls Club members will “activate” the mini-pitch with a Futsal Clinic on Friday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m. Continue reading →
Each year, the Denver Broncos invite Club members from our Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club football team to take on the mascots during halftime of the last home preseason game. Last night, our Club members managed to get the big win against a great group of mascots that certainly didn’t take it easy on our kids. The kids had a blast and were thrilled to have this very special opportunity.
Tristen Rose, 11, lines up a shot as he plays pool at Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City on Aug. 27.
When Jason Martinez had to start turning kids away from the Boys & Girls Club because there was no room, it became imperative to expand.
“There is a huge need for a Boys & Girls Club in this community,” said Martinez, who is manager and founder of the Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City. “In the eight years that we’ve been here, we’ve seen about 2,800 kids.” Continue reading →
Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s academically-charged summer programming, many Club members are starting the school year off on the path to success.
To keep youth reading during the summer months, Club members participated in a city-wide reading program called Youth One Book, One Denver. This program helps kids avoid summer learning loss and ensures that they are fully equipped with the tools and knowledge they need for the new school year.
We know you care about helping kids. We promise to keep you informed and up-to-date on what’s happening right now for youth in our community. Thank you for supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver!