Boys & Girls Clubs is one of the largest and most comprehensive youth development organizations in Metro Denver. We run Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs at 15 different program locations, as well as a targeted behavioral intervention program that takes place during the school day. We also run Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) programs at two schools in southwest Denver, where academics and enrichment are integrated into an experimentally longer school day.
Positive Youth Development
Positive youth development is an approach to working with young people that draws on their unique strengths, recognizes their contributions and ultimately helps them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy, productive adults.
Our OST programs occur after the end of the school day during the school year and during the weekday over the summer. These programs provide low or no-cost opportunities for youth to participate in “high-yield learning activities” (fun and academically enriching activities) ranging from digital photography and robot-building, to football and skateboarding, to homework help and geography contests, to healthy cooking classes and peer-led pregnancy prevention programs. During the summer, high-impact programming continues with summer-specific activities including baseball clinics with the Colorado Rockies, rafting trips, and summer reading. Additionally, youth between the ages of 8 and 13 who attend the Clubs have the opportunity to spend a week at Gates Camp for a wilderness and leadership experience in the mountains.
Key Program Areas:
By the time they reach 6th grade, middle class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty. Through engaging academic and career programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is filling the learning gap faced by many of the kids and families we serve. Learn more »
Developing good character and demonstrating leadership skills are critical for young people to succeed in school and in life. Our Character and Leadership programs challenge kids to be community-minded, and empower them by demonstrating how they can affect change by working together. Learn more »
Good health requires practice. It means not only having a place to go where you get the chance to run, jump, kick, throw and high-five; it also means eating right and having the knowledge and confidence necessary to choose wisely. Boys & Girls Clubs provides the right resources – from coaches to carrots – to help kids make the right choices. Learn more »
Specialized Youth Development Programming
Boys & Girls Clubs is proud to administer the PACE (Promoting Academics and Character Education) program, a specialized, highly effective three-week intensive behavioral intervention for Denver Public School middle-schoolers on the verge of suspension or expulsion. The PACE program takes place during the traditional school day at three Boys & Girls Clubs locations. Learn more »
Family Support Services
At the Clubs, we believe that engaging parents and family members in their children’s lives is critical to youth’s success in school and life. That’s why we offer regular opportunities for parents to get involved in our programs – not only the ones that directly benefit their children, but those that also allow them to invest in and further their own development and education.
At the Clubs, we know that we’re not the only ones who care about helping at-risk youth succeed. That’s why we’re proud to partner with people, institutions and organizations across the metro area who are also committed to helping every young person reach their full potential. We work with youth, schools, neighbors, businesses, volunteers, families and other partner organizations to collectively improve the communities where our sites are located. Our staff participate in collaborative efforts such as the Denver Afterschool Alliance and the Adams County Youth Initiative. Furthermore, by forging partnerships with community institutions like schools and libraries, as well as other nonprofit organizations, we can ensure that we’re providing the highest quality of services without duplicating efforts. Levering others’ expertise and sharing our own is essential to our community-building work: when we’re all working together toward a shared goal, we can achieve more.