CHOICES Resource Guide

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Northeast Denver Resources for Children, Youth and Young Adults


DON’T SHOOT I WANT TO GROW UP Stop the violence | Save the children | Get involved Call brother jeff’s Cultural Center 303.297.0823

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brother jeff brohter jeff’s Cultural Center | Denver, CO 80205 Reysean Dequinn Abram was 14 when he was murdered on August 30, 2013 in Northeast Denver. Like all tragic deaths there was a vigil, funeral and public outcry. What stood out to me about Reysean’s death was his age and the children who came to mourn him. It was heartbreaking to see young people in our community facing death at a time when they should be filled with joy, security and visions of a bright future. I will never forget some of the young mourners, wearing the familiar Rest In Peace airbrushed

shirts with Reysean’s image, and some of his peers flashing hand signs showing their particular “set” or neighborhood crew. At fourteen, whether young people are gang affiliated or not, throwing up a “set” can be life threatening.What can be done to turn the tide of youth violence, incarceration and death? A solution of brother jeff’s Cultural Center is to collaborate with others and provide young people with CHOICES. This publication is the end result of several meetings convened to identify opportunities and resources for children, youth and young adults in Northeast Denver. If there are other opportunities and resources that should be included contact us at brotherjeff1@earthlink.net | 303.97.0823. Are your CHOICES Clear, Honorable, Obvious, Individual, Community, Empowering, and Successful?

The American Assocoation of Blacks in Energy (AABE) AABE is a professional organization of African Americans in the energy industry. Through its Scholarship Program, AABE seeks to help increase the number of African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans (Underrepresented minorities) in energy fields. 14405 W. Colfax Ave., #264, Lakewood, CO 80401, grhanley106@aol.com Athletics and Beyond Athletics and Beyond employs the “Athletics & Beyond (A&B) Student Athlete Program” as the foundation to produce marketable and successful citizens. A&B uses athletics as a “hook” to engage participants in achieving their academic goals. www.athleticsandbeyond.com www.athleticsandbeyond.com Black Pearl Entertainment Black Pearl Entertainment is an all-inclusive artist development, promotions, and public relations company. Black Pearl Entertainment has successfully pooled the knowledge, resources, and experiences of its partners to create a unique music consulting experience. 1.877.876.2714 | www.denverblackpearl.com BarberShop Talk: The Roundtable of Wise Men BST established a mentoring support channel to facilitate males of ages 8+ to be welcomed into and encouraged to grow within a rank developed structure. BST is pressed on instilling our core values in every member, demonstrating Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage, Loyalty, Balance, Respect, Selfless services, and Duty in all aspects of life and operations. 720-346-5698 | www.joinbst.com Northeast Denver Resources for Children, Youth and Young Adults | 3


Challenging How Every Student Strategizes (CHESS) The mission of CHESS is to encourage a more compassionate, ethically driven thinker by Challenging How Every Student Strategizes. With this, we will increase graduation rates, decrease drop out rates and decrease gang violence. 720.854.9677 | www.makeachessmove303.com CHOICES CHOICES is a program of brother jeff’s Cultural Center and is a comprehensive approach to reducing violent gang activity within Northeast Denver. The program connects and engages high-risk gang youth and families to intervention services. 2836 Welton St., Denver, CO 80205 | 303.297.0823 | www.brotherjeff.com cityWILD cityWILD is a bold effort to bring the typically exclusive world of outdoor experiential education to a broad non-traditional audience: low-income youth of color. 1620 E 36th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | 303.227.6862 | www.citywild.org Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CAPBES) CABPES is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging African-Americans and other underrepresented youth to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. 3240 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80205 | 303-329-6251 | www.cabpes.org Colorado Youth At Risk Colorado Youth at Risk empowers teenage students to make life choices that positively impact their future through community-based mentoring and intensive training. 1700 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | 303.623.9140 | www.coyar.org COMPUGIRLS CompuGirls is a culturally relevant technology program for ambitious girls (ages 13-18). Administered through the University of Colorado Denver the program teaches how to use a Macbook in iLife series to create personal movies and creativity to develop virtual worlds. 1380 Lawrence Street #645, Denver CO 80204| 303.315.0138 | www.cruecenter.org/compugirls Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) CPRD works with children in at least 40 metro-area schools, as well as educational and community facilities around the country. For the 20th year, they will offer one of the finiest Summer intensive programs in the country bringing master teachers and dedicated students together for a five week immersion. 119 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205 | 303.295.1759 | www.cleoparkerdance.org Crowley Foundation Our vision is to inspire youth to realize their potential and value. Our Mission is to provide educational opportunities to Colorado youth through academic instruction, life skills, college preparatory programs and scholarships! Jean 720.935.9842 | Jamal 720.838.3714 | Kenneth 720.935.6465 | www.crowleycollegeprep.com

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Denver Police Activities League (PAL) PAL is a non profit established to provide athletic and other endeavors to Denver youth during high-risk hours, and to be a positive interface between the Denver Police Department and the community. 1240 W. Bayaud Avenue, Denver, CO 80223 | 303.937.1223 | www.denverpal.com Denver Public Safety Youth Programs Denver Public Safety Youth Programs function as a partnership between the community, private and government organizations to promote positive youth diversion and intervention programs. Programs serve thousands of youth and families each year through a number of prevention and intervention services. 303 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 1000, Denver, Colorado 80204 | 720.913.4620 Denver Urban Gardens Denver Urban Gardens comes alongside residents, and together, grow community - one urban garden at a time. DUG offers neighborhoods the essential resources for community gardens 1031 33rd St #100, Denver, Colorado 80205 | 303.292.9900 | www.dug.org Especially Me EspeciallyME promotes and facilitates ideas, attitudes, goals and lifestyles that encourage school age youth to adopt and sustain concepts of positive self-value and dignity in defining and pursuing success and excellence. www.especiallyme.org Earth Force Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. www.www.earthforce.org Flagship Help Center Flagship Help Center has become an anchor for the community by offering a comprehensive list of services and assistance to the youth and adults they serve. True to our vision statement, “Guided by our belief that EVERYONE has worth, Flagship will be the destination for positive life transformation.” Serving the needs of our customers each and every day is what inspires us. 4755 Paris Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80239 | 303-371-6351 | www.flagshipdenver.org Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP) GRASP is a peer-run, intervention program that works with youth who are at-risk of gang involvement or are presently active in gangs, helps families of gang victims, and serves as a youth advocate. 701 South Logan St., Suite 109, Denver, CO 80209 | 303-777-3117 | www.graspyouth.org Gang Resistance Education and Training – GREAT GREAT is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around schoolbased, law enforcement officer instructed classroom curricula. 303 W. Colfax Ave., Dept 1401, Denver, CO 80204 | 303.523.7513 | www.courts.state.co.us 6 | I Have Choices


Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID) GRID is the city’s response to address gang violence. GRID is collaboration of local agencies and community members working to help youth, families and communities effectively prevent and reduce gang and youth violence in their communities. 303 West Colfax Ave., Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80204 | 720.913.4616 | www.denvergov.org/safety Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance Churches throughout Northeast Denver offer regular service and programming for youth. Contact the GMDMA for detials. 14333 Bolling Dr, Denver, CO 80239 | 303.375.0754 Hope Center HOPE Center is a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, developmental delays and persons in need of specialized educational or vocational services. These services are provided in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the functioning of each enrollee. 3400 Elizabeth St., Denver, CO 80205 | 303.388.4801 | http://www.hopecenterinc.org Impact Empowerment Impact Empowerment provides prevention level services to youth, as well as organizes and implements a variety of community based efforts to improve the quality of life of the Northeast Park Hill community. 3399 Holly St., Denver, CO 80207 | 720.612.2199

Join over 200 Black Men from all backgrounds and professions as they volunteer in classrooms and serve as role models. For details email brotherjeff1@earthlink.net Northeast Denver Resources for Children, Youth and Young Adults | 7


BROTHERS

(Brothers Reaching Out Toward Healing, Exploration and Respect for Self) An eight-week support group for boys and young men who have witnessed or experienced violence.

The Girls’ Group

An eight-week support group for girls and young women who have witnessed or experienced violence. Help your child Recover from the effects of trauma Cope with fear, andger and sadness Learn healthy ways of expressing feelings Imroive his/her self image Have fewer sleep problems Learn the importance of family and community in healing Be a stronger, more positive person For More Information 303.860.0660 (English) 303.718.8289 (Spanish) admin@denvervictims.org www.denvervictims.org 8 | I Have Choices


Justina Ford STEM Institute The Dr. Justina Ford STEM Institute supports professional scholarship in STEM with traditionally underserved and under acknowledged communities of color. This program employs a youth-driven servicelearning approach to engage girls in STEM by dissolving the trepidation of the field. 720-234-4994 | www.jfsteminstitute.com MiCasa Mi Casa works to advance the economic success of Latino and working families by expanding opportunities for educational, professional and entrepreneurial advancement. Mi Casa provides training for families beginning with programs for youth that inspire academic success, leadership, career exploration, and entrepreneurship. 3399 N. Holly St. Suite 134, Denver, CO 80207 | 303.388.8213 | www.micasaresourcecenter.org Open Door Youth Gang Alternative Open Door’s most important goal is to prevent kids from ever joining gangs. Open Door has developed successful programs with elementary and middle school-aged children that focus on prevention. 1615 California St., Suite 712, Denver, Colorado 80202 | 303-893-GANG (4264) or 1-800-ASK-GANG www.opendooryouth.org Shades of Blue SHADES OF BLUE was conceived and created by a group of airline pilots, educators, and business people who have an interest in aviation and aerospace and who wish to help introduce students to the career opportunities available in the field of flight. 303.814.2987 | www.ourshadesofblue.org

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library 2401 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-2115

Park Hill Library 4705 E Montview Blvd Denver, CO (720) 865-0250

Ford-Warren Branch Library 2825 High St, Denver, CO 80205 (720) 865-0920

Pauline Robinson Library 5575 E 33rd Ave Denver, CO (720) 865-0290

Montbello Branch Library 12955 Albrook Dr Denver, CO (720) 865-0200

Sam Gary Branch Library 2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238 (720) 865-0325

Visit denverlibrary.org for more information

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Vickers Boys and Girls Club Open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18. To join, simply visit and complete a membership application form. Vickers is open after school and in the evenings during the school year, and on weekdays during the summer. 3333 Holly St., Denver, CO 80207 | 303.321.0340 | www.bgcmd.org/clubs/vickers-boys-girls-club Voices on Canvas, Inc. Voices On Canvas Inc provides youth with the platform to develop essential communication and civic skills, fostering expressive dialogue through the medium of art. 2740 Garfield Street, Denver CO 80205 | 303.329.4625 | www.voicesoncanvas.org YouthBiz YouthBiz offers middle and high school youth in and after school programming in partnership with a broad range of community partners, that challenges them to build entrepreneurial skills and habits. 3280 Downing St., Ste. C, Denver, CO 80207 | 303.297.0212 | www.youthbiz.org YMCA The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion to strengthen the foundations of community. 1700 E. 28th Ave., Denver CO 80205 | 303.642.6954 | www.denverymca.org

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Additional resources can be found at

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Glenarm Recreation Center 2800 Glenarm Pl, 80205 Phone: (720) 865-3380

Hiawatha Davis Jr Recreation Center 3334 Holly St, 80207 Phone: (720) 865-0590

For a complete listing of centers, visit denvergov.org

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