Denver Urban Scholars engages middle school through post-secondary students.

  • Pathways: Serving middle school and high school students in sixth through twelvth grades
  • Capstones: Serving graduates of the Milestones program during their first two years of post-high school education

Our menu of services includes

Student Support Services
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.
Community Mentoring
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.
Socio-Emotional Support
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.
Teacher SEL Support
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.

Parent Engagement

We offer seminars monthly for parents based on relevant topics in the school community.  Topics can include bullying, cyber-bullying, cultural identity, and more.

Each year, Denver Urban Scholars acknowledges program graduates with a personalized graduation ceremony.