The Youth Opportunity Foundation funds three (3) primary beneficiaries:
Denver Urban Scholars and The Bridge Project, - These two nonprofits have one thing in common - they help Denver’s at-risk youth help themselves.
Denver Urban Scholars
- Denver Urban Scholars envisions a life of choice and opportunity for every young person and therefore partners with high poverty, high performing schools to unlock the potential of students facing added challenges by creating individual pathways to college and career.
- The organizations program model utilizes five core components to support students: academic strengthening, social and emotional skill building, college and career exploration, positive adult relationships, and academic financial support.
- Program staff utilize a community-based approach and partners with DPS schools to ensure academic success and matches all students with a mentor to help facilitate all other core components.
- In a district that has a 40% dropout rate Denver Scholars Urban is increasing the graduation rate of the students they work with to 90% as well as ensuring that 95% of those students go on to pursue post-secondary education.
- During the 2013-14 school year Denver Urban Scholars mentors devoted 3,295 hours to working with youth and 91% of all mentors continued their mentoring relationship past the required one-year commitment.
The Bridge Project
- The Bridge Project strives to help children and youth living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods to achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources necessary to succeed as adults.
- Bridge children and youth ages 3-18 will achieve their academic potential in school and graduate from high school.
- Bridge participants who graduate from high school will have the resources to earn a college or associate degree, gain occupational training, or succeed in employment.
- Bridge families will support their children’s academic experiences and will be committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for all children in their community.
Colorado Youth At Risk
- Colorado Youth at Risk (CYAR) empowers teenage students to make life choices that positively impact their future through community-based mentoring and intensive training.
- CYAR participants in the class of 2010 had a 90% on time graduation rate (i.e., graduated high school four years after entering ninth grade) vs. 51% for Denver Public Schools and 45% for Aurora Public Schools.
- CYAR served 305 youth in 2010. 95% of these students stayed in school, and 90% of seniors graduated high school.
- In 2011, CYAR will serve more than 325 youth in its Steps Ahead and Touchstone one-on-one mentoring programs, as well as more than 500 students in its one-day Taking On Possibilities (TOP) program.