Our year-round direct services programming includes Educational Counseling, Future Options, Volunteer Mentoring, and Student Engagement. With a goal of high school graduation and post-secondary pursuance, Denver Kids implements a case management model that utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed, and positive youth development approach through in-and out-of-school support and interventions to students in Denver Public Schools (DPS), grades 3-12, who have been identified as being at-risk for school failure.
EC Educational Counseling: Approximately 950 students in nearly 150 Denver Public Schools receive Educational Counseling support via the EC Mobile Team. Each student is matched one-on-one with a professional Educational Counselor. This one-on-one matching means that we serve the students regardless of the schools they attend throughout the district. Educational Counselors provide in-and out-of-school support and interventions, interacting with students during school hours and on school grounds. However, Educational Counselors are not limited to the school – programming also takes place in the evenings, weekends, during the summer, in the home and other locations that are conducive to student and family needs.
Educational Counselors support caseloads of about 55 students, interacting with each student, parent, and Denver Kids volunteer mentor, with additional interactions based on the student’s current needs and/or challenges. Educational Counselors also meet with individuals in the school and community who can positively support students and facilitate collaborative relationships that advance and nurture the students’ goals.
EC Deep-School: Serving approximately 400 students and parents in a limited number of partner schools, Denver Kids implements a case management model similar to that of the Mobile Team to address academic needs and social/emotional support. However, this school-based programming provides the opportunity for more frequent individualized interaction with students, parents, and staff. In addition, each partner school selects enhancements from a menu of services including social/emotional groups, parent engagement workshops, and large school assemblies.
Future Options: Denver Kids provides post-secondary guidance and career exploration assistance to our high school students. Student engage in career exploration and job readiness exercises and are supported in identifying schools and in applying for financial aid and scholarships. Our high school graduates have the option to continue to receive support as they transition from high school to college and training programs. Post-secondary programming implements a peer-mentoring model with intensive case management and academic support with the goal of improving post-secondary attendance, persistence, and completion or career readiness.
Volunteer Mentoring: Denver Kids pairs qualifying students in our program with adult volunteer mentors for a minimum of one year. Mentors work closely with a student’s Educational Counselor to position students for success and align their unique goals and challenges. Mentors spend a few hours each month with their mentee engaging in a variety of activities.
Student Engagement: Denver Kids also provides opportunities for students to engage in learning outside of the classroom. Students participate in activities where they gain life skills, learn valuable lessons, and become contributing members of their community. When partnered with goals for educational success and positive role models, the engagement program truly supports the growth and development of the whole child.