Athletics & Beyond

The MISSION of Athletics & Beyond is to create OPPORTUNITY through EXPOSURE. Through athletics we capture the attention of student athletes. Once engaged, we stress education, development of life skills, career exploration outside of sports and the fundamentals of athletics for a lifetime.

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Strong Women and Gentlemen (S.W.A.G.)

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Athletics & Beyond is proud to announce we are community partners with the Warriors Football Program and will be bringing S.W.A.G. academic support through Club Z! of Montbello, GVR, SE Aurora this fall in addition to our pre-existing partnership with the Montbello Warriors football program, Aurora Central H.S., KIPP-KNDLA Denver and MLK Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College. Great opportunities are lined up for student athletes in the Far Northeast Denver district.

S.W.A.G. was created to help curve gang violence, reduce the "school to prison pipeline" and provide life skills mentors for our young adults. Strong Women and Gentlemen (S.W.A.G.) is a program designed to provide engaged support to increase high school graduation rates and secondary education attendance as well as prepare students for the rigorous academic requirements of college.

S.W.A.G. experience great success this summer at Aurora Central H.S. and MLK Jr. Early College and is now expanding to additional areas.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since its inception, A&B has maintained a 100% student athlete high school graduation rate and 95% of graduated athletes have attended college and 70% graduated. Denver Public Schools (DPS) recorded a 56.1% high school graduation rate in FY11-12. Class of 2015 100% high school graduation rate all going to college in the fall. In stark contradiction to Denver Metro Area graduation and college attendance rates in 2014 A&B produced 3 college graduates, 13 high school graduates (100%) included 11 college attendees, and 2 joined the armed services, 7 athletic scholarships and 4 academic scholarships who earned National Honors Society recognition. Program members attended 13 schools in 5 school districts with 75% of students attending DPS where graduation rates are 40% less and 70% coming from homes with incomes within the 200% of the national poverty line.

Student-Athlete Membership Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

The Student Athlete Program (SAP) consists of four components: 1) Educational Success, 2) Life Skills Building, 3) Career Options and 4) Athletic Development. SAP focuses on at-risk children and adolescents primarily attending Denver Public Schools (DPS). Currently, there are no other programs in the Denver Metro area that combine the aforementioned components and is inclusive of the passion of the youth in Denver communities. The Educational Success component of SAP provides academic support and resources. A&B hosts National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center workshops, provides resources for academic tutoring, ACT/SAT preparation testing and monitoring of the academic progress of students. Additionally, throughout the year A&B student athletes participate in college campus tours.

SAP Life Skills Building places an emphasis on civic engagement by using Cross Age Mentoring. Cross Age Mentoring is executed by collaborating with community members, constituents and residents in order to impact the socialization and shared capita of each A&B student athlete. A&B teaches participants about civic responsibility through socially and culturally focused events, workshops, and volunteerism in the community. For example, at the Girls' Empowerment Workshop and the Boys' Life Beyond Sports Workshops, both annual A&B events--student athletes are paired with community leaders and have the opportunity to hear narratives and engage in dialogue regarding topics that impact our youth. Cross Age Mentoring illustrates the ongoing A&B goal to provide opportunities through exposure by incorporating various types of people with differing backgrounds (such as sports personalities, judicial judges, fire fighters, educators, or business owners) who act as mentors and examples of alternative life paths. Such an ecological approach to supporting our student athletes supports research finding that increased support networks simultaneously increase the resilience and stability for both children and adolescents. Consequently, increased support raises the likelihood that students will have the accountability and positive engagement required to surge individual life trajectories.

In addition, Athletics & Beyond is working with Learning for Life Real World Career Exploring to develop and deliver engaging, research based academic, character, leadership and career focused programs aligned to state and national standards that guide and enable all students to achieve their full potential. These programs encompass an ideal, interactive link between the academic environment and the real world by providing shadowing opportunities within several industries.

In effort to provide robust, comprehensive development of its student athletes A&B has joined forces with Colorado Connect Youth Organization (CCYO). Colorado Connect is a grass-roots organization, comprised of four independent club basketball organizations (Denver Hooperz, Colorado Truth, Big Frame and Rim Rockers) and Colorado's first national 7on7 club football organization. CCYO Prep Football Club is the premier 7on7 football organization based in Denver, CO. The merger was formed in 2014 to help build the brand of amateur athletics in Colorado by having strong competitive development programs, both academically and athletically. Collectively, these clubs feature some of the top high school talent in CO and sponsors their participation in local and national tournaments. Additionally, Athletics & Beyond provides weekly out-of-school time (OST) programs year round for Colorado Connect. Further, A&B's amateur boxing program currently has 7 boxers and is ran by level 3 certified coach, Everette Elliston.

Ultimately, A&B serves between 175 - 400 students per year by providing life skills workshops in local Denver middle and high schools. In addition to leadership and life skills workshops, A&B serves over 100 student athletes in five school districts and thirteen schools in the Denver Metro area. In 2013, A&B was recognized by the Denver Foundation, the Mayor's Office, and Denver Parks and Recreation to name a few. The 2013 student athlete class included 20 college attendees, 6 athletic scholarships and 12 academic scholarships. Having learned the need to prepare for life beyond athletic ability, the majority of A&B student athletes attend college as a result of their academic success and not their athletic abilities. A&B provides opportunities for young men and women to succeed. Currently, there are 47 A&B student athlete participants; 35 of these student athletes have advanced from success in little league athletics to success in high school. Of the high school students; 25% are known as Scholar Athletes--maintaining a 4.0 or higher grade point average. An additional 50% of our student athletes maintain a grade point average of 3.0 with the remainder on track to graduate from high school on time. Over the past three years, A&B student athlete participants have experienced great success with the Educational Success component of SAP.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We provide opportunities for our young men and women to succeed. We have over 37 A&B Student Athletes, 29 of the 37 Student Athletes have advanced from success in little league athletics to success in high school. Of the high school students, 25%, known as "Scholar Athletes" maintain a 4.0 or higher grade point average. An additional 50% of our "Student Athletes" maintain a grade point average of 3.0 and the remainder on track to graduate from high school on time.
Class of 2012- One college graduate from the University of Denver at Colorado. Twelve A&B Student-Athletes graduated from high school and received scholarships to play basketball and football.

Class of 2011- One college graduate from the University of Denver at Colorado. Six A&B Student-Athletes graduated from high school and received scholarships to run track, play basketball and football.

Class of 2011 graduates; Ezekiel Bishop received eight Division 1 scholarship offers and currently attends the Arizona State University. Da'Onna Westbrooks received 3 Division 1 offers and is a sophomore the University or Northern Colorado.

Class of 2010- One college graduate from the University of Oregon (now in the NFL). Four A&B Student-Athletes graduated from high school and received scholarships to play football and one for academics only.

Over 95% of our graduates are from single parent households and all of them are from at underserved communities. Our typical student athletes are first generation college students. The success for A&B is measured by the graduation and accomplishments of our students. The works of our first three graduate's class of 2007 and 2011 have resulted in over $889,000.00 in scholarships saving their families over $624,000.00.

In 2011 A&B student athletes earned an amazing total 830 volunteer hours. AliJah Jackson is a sophomore at CSU who recently won the 2010 Sprint Youth Community Service Award.

Boys & Girls Empowerment Workshops

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Blacks
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

This forum is an all-day program for young men and women, ages 7-18, to learn essential life skills and to be exposed to positive role models and healthy options for future goals. The workshops provide a safe place for boys & girls to get together and build a camaraderie with others which encourages teamwork and confidence. Adult mentors and role models include Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, 1st Lady Mary Louise Lee, retired Fire Chief Roderic Juniel and a host of others. The agenda includes team building, college planning, anger management, and dating and sexual harassment workshops, among others.

High school graduation rates in the Denver County, as reported by the Colorado Children's Campaign Children Count's Report are extremely low- Denver 52.7%. During the 2006 - 2007 academic years, 3,500 Denver Public School students in grades 7th - 12th dropped out of school. Disturbingly, 77% of these dropouts failed one or more semester courses in the 9th grade. DPS has a dismal success rate with children of poverty and children from minority backgrounds. Denver Public Schools' and National Student Clearinghouse student records show low-income DPS graduates were underrepresented in accelerated courses and programs. Among all DPS graduates from 2002 to 2007, 56% enrolled in college. Hispanic enrollment rates, however, were far lower, with only 39% of Hispanic students enrolling in college, compared with 63% of African-American DPS graduates and 71% of Anglo DPS graduates. Unfortunately, in this day and age, it has become increasingly difficult for them to have access to this information. This distressing fact becomes even more alarming when we take into account that 1 in 3 African Americans, 1 in 6 Latinos and 1 in 17 Caucasians born after 2001 will be sent to prison.

This year our boys2MEN and Girls Empowerment Workshops will host over 300 young men from the Denver Metro area, including some boys from the Denver Juvenile Diversion program, CARR group home, and various middle and high schools. These young men and women will be exposed to many practical and inspiring topics, and offered an opportunity to meet and bond with other boys in their communities. This creates a memorable and motivating event which will have a life changing impact. From lessons on how to successfully deal with anger to how to tie a tie, it is a one of a kind experience for all boys, especially those who desperately need direction.

boys2MEN Workshop Promotional video: vimeo.com30520889

Girls Empowerment Workshop promotional: http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=YwC6xUwERN4

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Evidence of Program's Success

The amount of young men and women we are able to reach and the resources and information they will walk away with. Reducing the amount of young adults who stay in school and eventualy graduate from college or a trade program. Collective increased community buy-in and efforts.

Meet our student athletes: http://athleticsandbeyond.com/noteworthy.html

Team Colorado All Stars Club 7v7 Football Team

Class

Recreation & Sports 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Team Colorado is the premier 7v7 travel football organization based in Denver, CO. The club was formed in 2012 by Athletics & Beyond to help build the brand of football in Colorado by having a strong competitive off-season development program (January - July). The club features some of the top high school talent in CO and participates in local and national 7v7 tournaments.

In addition to club 7v7 football tournaments A&B student athletes tour various colleges and universities June - July.

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Evidence of Program's Success

100% high school graduation and several college graduates who come back to Athletics & Beyond to serve as mentors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yToFlsx-3E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or61ebizJjw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeXiQKQWigc

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