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Northwest Denver Neighborhood Center Friends

Youth of Northwest Denver are making gains in academics, but also need increased awareness of college, vocational, and entrepreneurial possibilities. Please help Friends support the Neighborhood Center to provide programs that stimulate and grow individual academic and enrichment.

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Neighborhood Center

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

The Neighborhood Center at Skinner provides students and their families access to a diverse range of out-of-school time programming intended to meet the needs of Skinner students and the Northwest Denver community. Through academic support, high school readiness,character building, STEAM programming, athletics, college awareness, and project-based learning, we equip students with the tools they need to succeed in middle school and successfully transition to high school. We also provide Skinner families with resource sharing, skill development and role education. The Neighborhood Center at Skinner is a safe and welcoming space for both students and the surrounding community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over the past 3 years the Neighborhood Center has served over 75% of the schools population, with an average of 210 students who attended at least 30 days. Our students have a 12% better attendance record then their peers, and perform 10% better than their peers on standardized tests of math, reading and writing skills.

ACCESS Pre-Collegiate

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Other Minorities
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

ACCESS (Administration of Career and College Exploration for Skinner Students)

This program is conducted as an after school offering during the academic year. It focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math (STEM) career interest areas. This "hands on" program gives students a view of potential STEM career options and a roadmap for how to pursue those options. Our target population is comprised of Skinner students in good standing, that are potential first generation college attenders, and eligible for free and reduced lunch.

This program has the following components:

1) Bi-Monthly Career Exploration Trips within the Community: By partnering with local businesses and community leaders, our students get a snapshot of potential career paths and resources that can help achieve success in these subject matters.

2) 3-4 Annual College Visitations and ACCESS Summer Collegiate Camps: By exposing our students to academic endeavors on various post-secondary campuses, we are sending the message to our first generation families that college is attainable. In addition, the resources and technology that different departments offer are superior to what our students are exposed to at the middle school level. We have success creating project-based activities for our students using these resources and bringing parents to campus to hear about their children's experiences.

3) After school programming consists of several topics that are covered throughout the academic year:
- Career Exploration introduces the students to various STEM careers and how to best prepare for them (e.g., appropriate class selections) in both middle school and in high school;
- Basic Study Skills (e.g., effective note taking, budgeting of time, effective listening, how to take essay / objective-type exams, etc.);
- Communication Skills Development (e.g., how to better communicate with parents, peers, siblings, and teachers; effectively dealing with stress; etc.)
- High School Transition Preparation (e.g., anxiety, mental / physical preparation, including explanation of high school classes students need to plan on, year-by-year in order to be successful candidates for their college of choice.
- Supplemental Academic Instruction is designed to give students the opportunity to enhance their academic skills in the following areas: writing, critical thinking, math, sciences, and computer research.
-Provide a liaison to high school and college transition resources.
-Finally we also take students on field trips for extra curricular activities on college
campuses.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Faculty has reported that the College 4 Y.O.U. participants have better academic progress in their classes than most other students.

- Parents report that students are excited about attending the Saturday Academies.

- Student attendance at Saturday Academies averages at 89%.

- Program is at maximum numbers (55 students) each year and a waiting list is maintained.

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