A Precious Child, Inc.

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Precious perks

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Females
Males
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Precious Perks provides opportunities through A Precious Child's Social Enterprise Coffee and Gift Shop for young adults, 16-24-year-olds, who are currently out of school and without employment, helping them with training, obtaining and retaining employment.

With a focus on diversity, inclusion and belonging, participants of Precious Perks learn how to navigate the professional workforce and the many obstacles they will face. Providing continued mentorship and opportunities with A Precious Child's multiple programs will allow the participants to feel secure and supported to help keep them on the pathway toward self-reliance.

Precious Perks combines social services, community support, job training and education. Over their training period, participants will have strategic short-term, mid-term and long-term achievements. The participants will have hands-on experience and supervision through the Precious Perks Coffee and Gift Shop giving them the unique opportunity to participate locally in an individual-focused wrap-around workforce development plan.

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Evidence of Program's Success

By helping our Precious Perks young adults train and obtain long-term employment and address underlying issues, such as problems related to housing, personal relationships and/or mental health, we also help increase stability and positive outcomes for any children they may have now or in the future. Precious Perks helps prevent multigenerational poverty, creates a more diversified professional workforce and helps add financial contributions to the local economy. Our success will be measured by achieving clients' goals and their employment within the local economy.

Edussentials

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents

Description

Children living in poverty bring the devastating effects of this hardship with them to school every single day. And, without the same access to the educational resources their peers receive (such as tutoring or a home computer), these children fall behind.
Edussentials provides educational support, including computers, calculators, and tutoring, to remove barriers to school attendance and improve educational outcomes for low-income students.

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Evidence of Program's Success

A Precious Child collects qualitative records which will provide valuable insight into the impact A Precious Child has in the community. Rochelle Garcia-Gomez with Adams 12 Five Star School District, says "the families we serve often have multiple barriers that make it difficult for students to attend school on a regular basis. The services A Precious Child provides help us to remove some of those barriers so that students can attend school on a regular basis."

giveARTS

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

giveARTS provides opportunity fund recipients with funding for the items and activities they need to feed their creativity. This funding allows kids to engage in all types of art programs, covering the cost of lesson fees, class materials, instrument rentals, art supplies, uniforms, etc.

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Evidence of Program's Success

100% of our Opportunity Fund Recipients reported more positive relationships with their peers.

Inspiring Minds Center

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
At-Risk Populations

Description

Children visiting the Resource Center while their parents shop have access to our Inspiring Minds Center, which includes a computer lab, reading corner and STEM-based educational games focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The Center is a safe and comforting environment for kids that exposes them to STEM learning along with giving children STEM kits to take home to support their education. We added an Inspiring Minds Mentorship Program in September wherein at-risk Middle and High School mentees are matched with either an adult or a peer mentee. Adult to youth mentees meet either in the community or virtually to develop social & emotional skills, work on academics and learn about the workforce. Peer to peer matches meet virtually to work on academic assignments and build relationship skills

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Evidence of Program's Success

341 Inspiring Minds Stem Kits distributed to support STEM education during distance learning.

Basics 4 Babies

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children birth to age 3
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Basics 4 Babies provides basic necessities such as food, diapers, wipes, formula, baby food and baby gear to families with infants who would otherwise ration or go without.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Diaper Need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean and healthy. Infants in low-income families are at great risk of suffering the effects of Diaper Need because many families can't afford diapers (NDBN). On average, an infant uses about 240 diapers a month, with a year's supply of diapers costing $936 (AAP). With over 38% of Colorado infants and toddlers living in low-income families, the reality and effects of Diaper Need are a part of everyday life for the children we serve at A Precious Child. In 2020. we served over 8,972 infants and toddlers and distributed over 316,000 diapers and 3,947 packs of wipes.

Fill A Backpack

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Fill A Backpack program is more than a backpack. We're able to give children in need a sense of normalcy. No child should have to go to class feeling embarrassed to have ask their teacher to borrow a pencil or piece of paper. It is no surprise that many struggling families simply cannot afford the growing annual expense of school supplies for their children with 67% of children arriving to their first day of school unprepared. Each year, Fill A Backpack provides tens of thousands of Colorado kids with backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies, giving them hope and excitement so they can start the school year feeling confident and prepared.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, Fill A Backpack distributed more than 21,000 backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies. 82% reported a greater interest in learning and 92% felt more confident in their ability to succeed in school.

giveSPORTS

Class

Recreation & Sports 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Description

giveSPORTS provides new and gently-used sports equipment and participation fee scholarships, giving children in need the opportunity to participate in sports. At A Precious Child, we believe that participation in athletics is an important aspect in the physical and mental development of children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (2018), "Participation in organized sports provides an opportunity for young people to increase their physical activity and develop physical and social skills." Children in need have a higher risk of developmental, emotional and physical issues, and providing them with the opportunity to participate in sports empowers children to be active and teaches them important life and team building skills.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, giveSPORTS served 13,983 individuals.
18,440 lbs of sports equipment was distributed
83% of giveSPORTS Opportunity Fund recipients reported living a healthier lifestyle as a result.

Precious Gift

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

A Precious Child collects donations of new toys, gift cards, and gifts for children (babies through teenagers). We distribute the gifts to children in need through our Resource Center as well as our agency partners.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, A Precious Child distributed 14,219 gifts.
89% of caregivers reported having less stress
95% of caregivers reported having more hope for the future.

Precious Essentials

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents

Description

Precious Essentials provides food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, home goods and other essentials at the Resource Center and Satellite Resource Centers, located at Agency Partner locations. To address the pressing issue of transportation and time limitations for many of our clients, A Precious Child stocks 43 Satellite Resource Center locations throughout the Denver Metro area with items for immediate needs. The program implementation plan is a year-round collaborative model in which the 546 Agency Partners that work with A Precious Child refer children and families in need of our services. Agency Partners give referred families a voucher for three shopping trips at the Resource Center where they meet with an Advocate for intake.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, Precious Essentials served 44,367 people (24,328 children and 20,039 adults).
94% of families said it was more manageable to pay for other household expenses as a result of what they received through the Resource Center
81% had reduced stress
92% said they had more hope for the future.
QREM, a third-party evaluator, found that working with A Precious Child reduces a family's reliance on assistance programs over time, representing approximately $5.6 million dollars in combined diverted public assistance dollars for families receiving WIC, TFAP, SNAP and TANF SERVICES OVER TWO YEARS.

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