Refer a Student

Denver Urban Scholars provides life-changing opportunities for students to pursue individual pathways to college and career. Our program serves youth beginning in grade 6 and continuing through post-secondary. Denver Urban Scholars programming includes a combination of Community Mentoring Services, Scholar Support Services, social-emotional groups, teacher and parent engagement that collectively work towards our vision of providing a life choice and opportunity for every young person.

*We work in specific partner schools.  If you would like to refer a student at a partner school, please contact the principal or social worker at that school to learn more about the referral process.

Interested in learning more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements to enroll a student?

A: Our program is a fit for students who:

  • Want to graduate from high school and have options beyond, and desire support in achieving their goals from a Program Manager/mentor
  • Have the time to commit to the program (see FAQ below)
  • Currently attend a partner school in which we are enrolling and intent to stay there for at least one year
  • Will be in 6th or 9th grades during the next enrollment period (typically late August through early October)
  • Are not enrolled in any other mentoring or college and career readiness program

Q: How long may students stay in the program?

A: We ask for a minimum one year time commitment from students and families, but encourage students to continue throughout their middle school, high school, and post-secondary careers. With few exceptions, we are unable to serve students who move out of a partner school. Programming occurs year round, including over the summer months.

Q: What programming is available to students?

A: Denver Urban Scholars provides a combination of community mentoring services, scholar support services, social-emotional groups, and teacher and parent engagement to youth enrolled in the program.

  • Services may vary depending on the grade of the student and the specific services available at each partner site
  • Scholar Support Services are provided to every student in a wrap-around setting, designed to bring together the student, school, family, mentor, and any additional outside supports
  • Some students may be matched with a mentor
  • Workshops and trainings focused on college and career readiness topics are open to all participants, and occur monthly throughout the year

Q: What is the time commitment each month?

A: Students with individual mentors should plan on spending a minimum of 10 hours per month with their mentor. In addition, students are required to meet monthly with a Program Manager, most often during the school day. Monthly workshops typically last about 2 hours, most often on a Saturday or on a weekday evening.

Q: What is the enrollment process?

A: Students interested in mentoring will be invited to attend an enrollment session during the fall enrollment period with a parent/guardian. During the session, students and parents/guardians will learn more about Denver Urban Scholars mentoring. At the end of the evening, if the student is interested, both parties will be invited to complete an application. Notifications of enrollment typically follow within 2-4 weeks.  For enrollment in other services, please reach out to the principal or social worker at the partner school to learn more.

Q: What if my student is not appropriate for this specific program?

A: If Denver Urban Scholars is not the right fit for your student and you want to find another mentoring program, a list of affiliated mentoring programs in Colorado is available at


Please note that we typically enroll students in the 6th and 9th grades from late August through early October. Many sites currently have a waiting list.

Enrollment depends upon many factors, including space, funding, partnership concerns, and individual factors. We will make every effort to serve appropriate students, including by making reasonable accommodations. At the same time, meeting the above requirements does not guarantee enrollment in our programming. We reserve the right to determine whether or not a student is not the right fit for our program.

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