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.

Featured Supporter:

Soul Day Foundation Gifts the Joy of Biking at Roll With Soul

This past weekend Soul Day Foundation hosted Roll with Soul—their seventh event in support of Denver Kids. Sponsored by Define Cycling, Venture Sports Colorado, and Yellowbelly, Roll with Soul provided 60 of our students with brand new bicycles,…

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Alumni Profile:

Doncey Albin

Graduating high school on time is an extraordinary achievement. Graduating in five years is sometimes even more. No one better exemplifies the grit of a “super senior” than Doncey. “From getting in legal trouble, suspended…

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Alumni Profile:

Rachel Hernandez

Poverty. Abuse. Neglect. Unstable home environment. These are challenges that would cripple many people. But not Rachel. These setbacks only fueled her forward. Prior to graduating from North High School with a 3.0 GPA, Rachel…

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Alumni Profile:

Gabriel Barela

Gabriel entered the Denver Kids program with uncontrolled anger, poor attendance and low marks that set him further behind in school. But working with his Denver Kids Educational Counselor, he slowly started redirecting his anger…

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Alumni Profile:

Kufto Walio

Those who have had the pleasure of working with Kufto have learned a great deal about adversity and grit. Born in Ethiopia, Kufto came to the United States in fourth grade, culture shocked and not…

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Featured Mentor:

Denver chanteuse Lannie Garrett’s long road and huge talent

Article by William Porter, The Denver Post Awash in a spotlight’s white glow, a woman with a shocking pile of curly red hair works the packed floor of Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, sporting a sequined cowgirl outfit that…

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Student Spotlight:

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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