Denver Urban Scholars engages students through three programs:
- Stepping Stones: Serving middle school students in sixth through eighth grades.
- Milestones: Serving high school students in ninth through twelfth grades.
- Capstones: Serving graduates of the Milestones program during their first two years of post-high school education.
Students who choose to be a part of the program are empowered and inspired to succeed through:
Our trained mentors act as tutors, counselors and friends, spending between 6 and 8 hours with the scholar each month. Mentors offer support, guidance and encouragement to help scholars develop higher levels of self-confidence, improve their relationships with adults and peers, and see school in a more positive light.
Our master’s degree-level, professional case managers establish ongoing relationships with each scholar in our program. They work side-by-side with scholars, helping them to help them achieve success through emotionally, developmentally, culturally and socially appropriate actions.
Our case managers and mentors work with scholars to strengthen and refine the skills that are necessary academic success. This may include tutoring, help with writing or providing coaching and guidance. Often, our case managers work closely with schools and teachers to monitor and support each student.
With all the challenges our scholars face, we believe that paying for a good education shouldn’t be an additional burden. After acceptance into our program, our scholars receive the appropriate level of financial assistance to help cover school fees and supplies.
Denver Urban Scholars partners with schools that share a desire to support underserved youth in Denver, Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. Our goal is to help each scholar in our program earn a high school diploma from a top-performing school. With their high school diplomas, our scholars have a better opportunity to participate in higher education, obtain meaningful employment and lead fulfilling lives.
Our current school partners are:
- Denver School of Science & Technology
- KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
- KIPP Sunshine Academy
- La Academia at Denver Inner City Parish
- JK Mullen High School
- Venture Prep High School
- St. Rose of Lima School
- Bishop Machebeuf High School
- Arrupe Jesuit High School