Our master’s degree-level, professional case managers establish ongoing relationships with each scholar in our program. We utilize a strengths-based, trauma-informed, and positive youth development lens. Program Managers provide services such as assessing student needs; case planning and goal setting; counseling; psychoeducation and life skills training; crisis intervention; and coaching students and mentors on the mentoring relationships. Program Managers and youth work together to complete a needs assessment to determine strengths and needs in five areas, and they use the assessment to guide a goal-setting process to lay the framework for the year and to develop a case plan to determine the supports and interventions needed and the frequency of meetings.
Students are paired with an adult mentor and relationships are focused on increasing high school graduation; supporting college and career readiness; providing social-emotional support to reduce delinquency; building positive relationships; and developing skills in areas such as conflict resolution, collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving. DUS follows mentoring best practices through recruitment, screening, quality matching and training.
Real Talk is a highly interactive program that uses experiential learning to increase social and emotional intelligence and school engagement. Evaluation results show positive outcomes in the areas of self-awareness, conflict resolution, critical thinking, problem solving, self-advocacy, relationship building and locus of control.
Teachers are highly skilled academically, and Denver Urban Scholars offers additional help within a school community for the teachers to learn how to best serve students who need more social-emotional attention.