John Wetenkamp

Educational Counselor


How many years have you worked in education or direct service?


When did you join Denver Kids?

August 2015

What age group(s) do you serve?

Middle School, High School

What do you enjoy most about working with the students you serve?

Being able to meet with them in personalized ways that suit their needs and make us feel a genuine connection. For some kids that means exploring the library, with other kids it means shooting hoops with them, and for others, it’s sharing our favorite music and talking about it after school. Having the ability to tailor our sessions to best serve students without any obstruction is what makes this position unique and powerful.

Describe a student outcome or success that you are most proud of.

I have seen several juniors this year realize for the first time that college is a viable option for them after thinking their whole life that they would not go.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t let anyone else define your success.