DENVER, CO, April 17, 2019Denver Kids, Inc. and Denver Urban Scholars, two long-standing local youth development agencies, have agreed to join forces to combine as a single organization, which will operate as Denver Kids, Inc. The combined entity will represent nearly 100 years of collective experience with the goal of improving outcomes and opportunities for children and teens by supporting them to make it to and through high school, prepared for what comes next.  Denver Kids and Denver Urban Scholars expect the merger to be effective July 1, 2019 following completion of definitive agreements and other matters.

“This is an exciting opportunity to come together to achieve a mission we both deeply care about: empowering youth to stay anchored to their education, develop fundamental social-emotional skill-building opportunities and graduate high school,” said Denver Kids, Inc. CEO Jim Goebelbecker. “Only good things can come out of the collaboration of two like-minded organizations with similar heart and passion.”

The newly combined organization will continue supporting all students enrolled in both programs through academic support, mentoring and case management. Denver Kids serves approximately 1,000 students in more than 150 Denver Public Schools, and Denver Urban Scholars serves over 500 individuals (students and parents).

With the combined expertise, Denver Kids, Inc. will serve students starting in third grade, into post-secondary. The new organization will continue to be committed to ensuring that every student graduates high school, and that they are empowered to seek opportunities in college or a career.

In 2017, Denver Urban Scholars united with Colorado Youth at Risk, serving youth who face barriers to success in middle and high school and beyond. Similarly, Denver Urban Scholars and Denver Kids, Inc. saw the opportunity to combine their efforts in a way that will better support Denver’s youth.

“We are committed to open doors and empowering students to unlock their own opportunity. This proposed combination creates a new way for us to do more for Denver’s youth while continuing to use mentoring; social, emotional and academic support; and case management that we know leads to better outcomes for our youth,” said Patrick Byrne, CEO of Denver Urban Scholars. Byrne will serve as Executive Vice President of Community Relations with Denver Kids, Inc.

More information about the proposed organization can be found at

About Denver Kids, Inc.
Denver Kids, Inc. is on a mission to make high school graduation possible for Denver Public Schools students facing adversity. Through strong, supportive relationships, we position young people for success both in and out of the classroom. It’s been the heart of our mission and the springboard to the strong outcomes we’ve achieved since our founding in 1946.

For students challenged by poverty, outside factors often create roadblocks to their success. Once  students fall behind and lose their footing—whether that’s in elementary, middle, or high school—it’s challenging to catch up. This is where Denver Kids intervenes and plays a transformative role. Our professional Educational Counselors work one-to-one with approximately 1,000 3rd through 12th-grade students in over 150 district schools to keep them engaged, in school, and on track to graduation and new possibilities for their futures.

About Denver Urban Scholars
Denver Urban Scholars provides life-changing opportunities for students to pursue individual pathways to career and college. Since 1995, Denver Urban Scholars has combined mentoring, social, emotional and academic support to ensure a life of choice and opportunity for every Scholar. Serving students from middle school through three years post-graduation, Denver Urban Scholars seeks to provide continuous and long-term support. Denver Urban Scholars currently serves over 500 individuals (students and parents) in 11 charter, traditional public, and private schools across Denver through a deep school model involving mentoring, student support services, social emotional groups, and parent groups.


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