Heart & Hand Center

Heart & Hand provides long-term support for Denver's under resourced youth through holistic out of school time programming, one-on-one mentorship and family support. The enduring relationships we develop with children and their families fosters a nurturing community where our children can thrive.

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The Heart & Hand Center


Youth Development 


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


By creating a nurturing community, the Heart & Hand Center empowers all young people to realize their potential. We envision a world with no opportunity gap, where all children have access to the resources, skills, and information they need to build vibrant futures.

The Heart & Hand Center provides nurturing, long-term support to youth in Northeast Denver through daily afterschool and summer programming using a whole child approach. We engage deeply with our young people from 2nd grade through 2 years past high school graduation. What makes Heart & Hand unique are the meaningful, enduring relationships we develop with children and their families. In addition to the enriching programming we provide for young people, we also provide families with resources and referrals for critical needs such as housing, food, and emergency funding.

A typical day at Heart & Hand elementary and middle school afterschool program looks like:
- Physical activity on the playground after dismissal
- A full hot meal for all students
- A Social Emotional Learning (SEL) check-in in small groups
- Homework help and targeted academic supports
- Optional enriching workshops like poetry, african drumming, and basketball

Heart & Hand youth participating in the College & Career Program receive individualized support to ensure they have access to the resources they need to succeed in high school and beyond. Elements of this program include:

- One-on-one meetings, goal setting, and action planning
-College and career-related workshops
- Visits to workplaces and colleges and relationship building with postsecondary institutions and scholarship providers
- Job shadowing and internship opportunities
- Home visits with students and families
- Meetings with school staff such as teachers, administrators, and counselors


Evidence of Program's Success

With the deep connections we build and the comprehensive resources we offer to our families, Heart & Hand is so much more than an after school program.

Creating Support:
Research demonstrates that having a supportive adult during childhood has a positive impact on mental health, physical health, and long term success.
98% of Heart & Hand youth report having a Heart & Hand adult whom they trust.

Academic Success:
Elementary students performing on grade level and with high attendance rates are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and earn a post-secondary degree.
Heart & Hand elementary school students are 1.6x as likely to be performing at grade level in math and more likely to be performing at grade level in reading and writin than their peers.

New Opportunities and Challenges:
High income families spend 11 times as much as low income families on enrichment and learning opportunities.
93% of Heart & Hand youth feel challenged and get to do new things when at Heart & Hand.

Changing Mindsets:
Believing that your future is bright can be a powerful motivator, particularly when confronting the challenges of life in poverty.
85% of middle and high school students say Heart & Hand helps them think about life after high school.

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