A collection of news, events, photos, and stories that are inspiring to us.

Our Educational Counselors provide the one-on-one support and advocacy necessary to empower our Denver Kids students to succeed academically, personally, and socially. The added support of school personnel, family, mentorship, and various community members help them reach their full potential. These are their stories.

Student Spotlight, News:

New Research Sheds Light on How Childhood Adversities Impact Adult Health

Rosmina Garcia, a mentor specialist with Aurora Youth Options, at her apartment on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Aurora. (Joe Mahoney/MahoneyImages) Rosmina Garcia of Aurora endured a significant number of adverse experiences early in life.…

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Our Homecoming Queen

Consider the Homecoming Queen. A young woman fixed in the American imagination among Friday night lights and dew-drenched corn fields. Now consider Honey. Born in Somalia before fleeing to Syria and eventually making her way…

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Student Spotlight:

Outstanding Student

Ned was referred to Denver Kids in second grade by a school administrator after a series of classroom disruptions linked to his unruly behavior. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Ned these past ten…

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Student Spotlight:

The Likable Sheriff

Recess begins with the bell’s trill. As children pour from the doorways of the elementary school onto the sunlit playground, Ronnie is among them. Dribbling a basketball and surrounded by friends, it is obvious why…

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Student Spotlight:

Planning for Greatness

Taking the easy road may sound good to many, but not to Nicky. As she discusses her dream to complete her Cosmetology degree at Emily Griffith Technical College before moving to Miami, building up clientele,…

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Student Spotlight:

Our Daniels Scholar

“Sometimes when we cry,” Devon explains, “it’s not because we are weak, but because we’ve been strong for too long.” These are the words Devon used to explain his tears upon hearing he had been…

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Student Spotlight:

Jarrad Jackson

Greatness. A word that every viewer of the 2012 Summer Olympics was bombarded with. But what does it mean to find your greatness? According to Denver Kids, Inc. alum, Jarrad Jackson, finding your greatness is…

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Student Spotlight:

Beating the Odds

Graduating high school on time is an extraordinary achievement; graduating in five years is sometimes even more so. No one better exemplifies the grit of a ‘super senior’ than David...

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Student Spotlight:

Emerging Confidence

When Claudia joined Denver Kids as a shy and timid fourth grader, her voice and confidence were tightly guarded. Claudia’s reluctance to engage with the world around her kept her from sharing her many gifts.

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Student Spotlight:

Learning to Trust

How does a young man learn to trust again? That’s the question Eric and his Educational Counselor, Jason, set out to answer together. At first, Eric does not appear to harbor deep emotional misgivings about…

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