Abuse & Neglect: According to Kid’s Count, there are more than10,000 youth victims of abuse and neglect in Colorado every year. Youth in the North Denver area can be at higher risk due to economic hardship, lack of resources, and stress. Our YouthBoard would like to fund organizations that provides services to youth who have experienced abuse and neglect, including in-school programs that provide therapy as well as organizations that provide awareness around these issues.
Access to Higher Education: For students in North Denver, the ability to go to college can be limited. Navigating the application process and finding the means to pay tuition can be particularly challenging for students who are the first in their family to go to college. The post-secondary support staff at many schools often have large caseloads and are shared among multiple schools, making their jobs difficult. We want to fund organizations that provide these essential support systems to assist youth in accessing higher education.
Early Childhood Education (Emphasis on Reading Levels): The ability to read is a fundamental part of learning and communication. While children do learn a variety of key skills in elementary school, reading will always be a pivotal part of any child’s toolbox. In our North Denver community, 38% of all K-8 students test below their reading grade level. Our team desires to fund organizations which help build a strong reading foundation early on, so that students do not have to constantly play catch-up throughout later school years.
Mental Health Training for Teachers: The issue of youth mental health has recently become a large concern for parents, students, and teachers alike. Some schools are not equipped to effectively deal with these issues due to budget limitations or administrative complications. Teachers need to be better prepared to deal with mental health issues in their schools. Our YouthBoard would like to fund organizations who help provide the tools and resources necessary for teachers to become effective responders to all types of mental health issues.
*Geographic Restrictions: We would like to fund organizations who specialize in working within our area of North Denver, including Adams County, Denver County, the northern parts of Arapahoe County and southern part of Weld County