Denver Kids will post updates regarding our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) here and on social media, as necessary.

May 1, 2020

As remote learning and social distancing become the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term relationships Denver Kids staff and mentors have with their students remain the threads that provide consistency in an unpredictable world.

Although the support we provide may look a little different for now – whether it’s holding weekly virtual office hours, providing templates to help students advocate for themselves through email, or connecting via digital Social/Emotional Learning tools – our staff is still walking (virtually) side-by-side with our students every step of the way.

We want to share a few recent stories, as our students continue to receive support from Denver Kids and work toward achieving their dreams during these unique times.

I helped a student by encouraging him to complete his third quarter. The student called me and said he was going to drop out of high school. I sent the student his grades and transcript to show him how far he has come and how close he is to finishing the school year. He was encouraged and said he will stay the course.” – Gabe, Denver Kids Educational Counselor

Showing gratitude is an important Social/Emotional skill that we consistently teach our students. Studies show that practicing appreciation may reduce stress and increase empathy. Here is a gratitude letter, written by Denver Kids student Samihya, to healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19.

Denver Kids senior, Jenesis, wanted to learn piano and was trying to teach himself. Ben, a former Denver Kids Educational Counselor, agreed to take him on as a student for free. They have been working together for the last few years and Jenesis recently won a trophy at the Boulder chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival, which went virtual due to COVID-19. Click below to watch a video of Jenesis taking a digital piano lesson with his instructor, Ben.

If you would like to learn more about how we’re maintaining our commitment to our students as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming virtual Q&A sessions with Denver Kids CEO, Jim Goebelbecker:

Friday, May 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP with your session of choice to Patrick_Byrne@dpsk12.org.

Thank you for your partnership during this unique time, as we work collectively to provide multi-level support to our students and their families.

We are truly Better Together.

 

April 14, 2020

If it wasn’t for Denver Kids, I wouldn’t know how to navigate this situation and make sure my granddaughter has what she needs to learn remotely.
—Denver Kids grandparent

This is just one example of how Denver Kids continues to be a vital resource for our students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we monitor the news and execute our work remotely, I want to update you on how Denver Kids has quickly adapted over the last few weeks to stay engaged, connected, and available to our students. Here are some examples of the support we’ve implemented to date:

  • Provided crisis management to our students and their families, including Social/Emotional support and conversations regarding managing anxiety, improving coping skills, and establishing a new routine
  • Assisted Denver Public Schools (DPS) by notifying parents about remote learning, distributing laptops, and helping families complete the DPS technology survey
  • Helped families get connected to the internet, food banks, and other vital resources
  • Secured grant funds to distribute to families facing emergencies such as food insecurity and upcoming electric & gas bills
  • Completed our own technology status survey of each student and family

Now more than ever, it is crucial to ensure our students receive the real-time interventions that keep them on track to high school graduation, and maintain strong, supportive relationships with our program staff.

If you would like to learn more about how we’re maintaining our commitment to our students as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, I invite you to attend one of our upcoming virtual Q&A sessions with me:

  • Friday, April 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 23, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 30, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 15, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP with your session of choice to Patrick_Byrne@dpsk12.org.

Otherwise, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you individually in a virtual setting to provide you with a personalized update. Please email me at Jim_Goebelbecker@dpsk12.org with your availability and we will reserve a time.

Thank you for your partnership during this unique time, as we work collectively to provide multi-level support to our students and their families.

We are truly Better Together.

With gratitude,

Jim Goebelbecker, CEO

 

March 18, 2020

We have been following the news regarding COVID-19 closely and are reaching out to share with you that in accordance with directives from Denver Public Schools, the Denver Kids offices are closed starting Wednesday, March 18, through Monday, April 6. Our staff will transition to working remotely during this time.

We at Denver Kids want to assure you that we remain unwavering in our commitment to the students we serve. Throughout these unprecedented times, we will continue creating career and college pathways by providing multi-level support to our students and their families.

As we shift to virtual work, we are adapting to stay engaged, connected, and available to our students. Now more than ever, it is vital to ensure our students continue to receive real-time interventions that keep them on track to high school graduation, and maintain strong, supportive relationships with our program staff.

During this time, in place of 1:1 in-person outings, our volunteer mentors have also been asked to shift to supporting their mentees virtually.

If you have questions or concerns, please email info@denverkidsinc.org.

How can you help?
During this time, as we continue to practice resilience and grit—traits we instill in our students every day—we ask for you to consider making a gift at www.ColoradoGives.org/DenverKidsInc. Your investment helps us position our students for success in school and in life, no matter the challenges they face.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our mission.

We are truly Better Together!