About Us

Denver Urban Scholars is a nonprofit organization that partners with high poverty, high performing schools to unlock the potential of students facing added challenges by creating individual pathways to career and college. Denver Urban Scholars is a coordinated, integrated approach that seamlessly combines mentoring, case management, academic support, financial assistance and more into a wrap-around network of support for every Scholar. Many Scholars are enrolled from middle school through three years post-graduation, creating a long-term relationship with mentors and staff.

We do this because:

  • One student drops out of high school every 26 seconds in America
  • Only 67% of Denver students graduate high school
  • Colorado ranks 49th out of 50 states in percentage of teen dropouts
  • Early intervention has proven to decrease the likelihood a child will drop out of school

Since our founding in 1995, Denver Urban Scholars has worked to change these statistics, helping young people through our Stepping Stones, Milestones, and Capstones programs.

And our programs work. For the 2012/2013 school year:

  • 91% of students enrolled in our Milestones program graduated from high school
  • 51% of students in our programs increased their GPA from the start of the year
  • 43.5% of tutored students increased their grade point average
  • 93% of students in the program advanced to the next grade on time

Learn more about becoming a Mentor, Volunteering, or making a Donation.

Patrick Byrne, Executive Director, Shares the Mission and Legacy of Denver Urban Scholars

Denver Urban Scholars Helps Students Build Strong Foundations