Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Friday, July 7, 2000
Amy Jewett Sampson
OWENS AWARDS $3,133,695 IN YOUTH CRIME PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION GRANTS TO DENVER COUNTY
Governor awards close to $8 million statewide in YCPI grants
DENVER – Governor Bill Owens has awarded $7.9 million statewide in Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention (YCPI) grants to reduce incidents of youth crime and violence. Denver County organizations and programs received $3,133,695.
"These monies will go toward helping to address violence and criminal activity among youth in Colorado," said Gov. Owens. "The organizations that are receiving funding will serve thousands of young people and their families through prevention and intervention programs."
The following Denver County organizations and programs are YCPI recipients for fiscal year 2000-2001:
Asian Pacific Development Center: CAVAY Creative Alternatives to Violence
for Asian Youth – Awarded $25,000.
Program Description: Provides an after-school program for high-risk Asian youth. The primary focus is to help youth stay out of trouble while also helping them develop a healthy sense of self through the development of personal goals and objectives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc.: Mentoring Program –
Program Description: To serve at-risk youth in the Otero County branch by matching each child in the program with a pre-screened and trained Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer for a year-long mentoring experience. The program aims to help youth avoid negative life choices by offering them a positive adult mentor who can offer support and guidance.
Butterfly Hope: Butterfly Hope Educational Enrichment Program –
Program Description: Designed for youth in elementary and high school. The service provides gardening, natural science, visual arts, and expressive arts to the children and jobs to the adolescents.
The Center for the People of Capitol Hill: YES Pals – Awarded
Program Description: Matches third grade students at Wyman Elementary School with mentors in the community. The activities include lunches, tutoring, and field trips.
Catholic Charities Samaritan House: Building Healthy Relationships –
Program Description: Targets 500-600 children and their parents who reside in northern Colorado shelters (Denver, Fort Collins, and Greeley). The program provides the violence prevention curriculum Second Step to the children, and workshops for the families.
Catholic Charities The Family Center: Five Points Curtis Park Family
Preservation Family Support Project – Awarded $49,500.
Program Description: Serves youth to age 18 and their families in the Five Points/ Curtis Park areas through family advocacy and violence prevention support. The services include crisis intervention, community-based activities, and life-skills classes.
Center for Human Investment Policy: Parent Leadership Training –
Program Description: Aims to improve a child’s readiness to succeed in school by improving the quality of early childhood care and education programs and to increase parents abilities to be effective leaders and advocates for their children. Program targets children ages 0-5.
Center for Women’s Employment and Education: Valverde Family Literacy
Project – Awarded $67,778.
Program Description: Offers a full family literacy model of teen, adult, and children’s educational services at Valverde Elementary School. Specific activities include adult basic education, nursery and preschool programs, weekly Parent and Child Together (PACT) time, as well as teen counseling, support, and mentoring.
Children’s Center for Arts and Learning: Children’s Center for Arts
and Learning – Awarded $35,500.
Program Description: Provides formal training in the arts, including music, painting, dance, and drama. The program also promotes mentoring relationships with caring adults to help at-risk children overcome learning and behavior problems that frequently go hand-in-hand with poverty, substance abuse, and dysfunctional families. It also encourages commitment to school through regular school attendance.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance: Project Self Discovery – Awarded
Program Description: Provides services to the youth of the Denver Community ages 15-18. The services include dance, as well as artistic and recreational activities related to the reduction of crime and violence.
Colorado High School of Denver: Low Income Scholarship Program –
Program Description: Provides scholarships for nine months of education for the alternative high school. The students are provided an accelerated curriculum, and the program accommodates the working students it has enrolled.
Cross Community Coalition: Computer Education Program – Awarded
Program Description: Offers computer skills training to youth ages 4-18 and adults in the Elyria, Swansea, and Globeville areas. The arts component consists of 12 different workshops of 4-8 sessions, each taught by local artists.
Crossroads of the Rockies: Crossroads of the Rockies Children and Youth
Program – Awarded $40,000.
Program Description: A mentoring program that provides tutoring, social education, parenting classes, and recreation. The program aims to build meaningful relationships with youth, increase educational skills, and improve relationships with parents.
Denison Montessori School, Denver Public Schools: Narrowing the Ethnicity
Gap – Awarded $45,000.
Program Description: Aims to strengthen its literacy enhancement services by offering reading support, home visits, follow-up, parent education workshops, family reading nights, and after-school activities. The program serves 6-8 year old Denison students and their families.
Denver Indian Center, Inc.: Youth Mentoring Program – Awarded
Program Description: Involves mentor pairs in a variety of activities during the evening, four nights a week. The program is intended to serve Native American youth in the metro area with coordinated group activities.
Denver Kids, Inc.: Family Support Project – Awarded $25,500.
Program Description: Provides preventive counseling and mentoring for DPS students K-12. This Family Support Project is a family counseling and conflict management program for children, of whom almost all have a friend or relative who has been a victim or perpetrator of violence
Denver Public Schools Munroe Elementary School: Munroe Knights Chess Club
– Awarded $9,460.
Program Description: Provides the following activities: chess instruction, McDonald’s rewards, Team Chess State Championships, family education nights, chess education trips, chess club meetings, and family education trips. The goal is to increase parental involvement in the school and to provide opportunities for success for the entire student body.
Denver Street School: Student Outreach Services (SOS) – Awarded
Program Description: Serves youth ages 12-20 with a history of abuse. The alternative high school includes education, counseling, athletics, and daycare services to the students and teen parents.
Denver Youth Program DBA Denver Partners GRASP: GRASP (Gang Rescue And
Support Project) – Awarded $30,000.
Program Description: Provides the Denver area youth ages 14-22 involved in gangs and assists them through weekly support groups. The goal of the program is to empower youth to make wise decisions which will enable them to avoid or free themselves from the gang culture.
Escuela Tlatelolco Centro Estudios: Academia Institute and Bridge Program
– Awarded $135,000.
Program Description: Provides and alternative institute for students ages 0-14. The program provides accelerated education and community service opportunities to the youth.
Family Star: Advantage Program – Awarded $50,000.
Program Description: Targets children ages six weeks to six years, from low-income households who reside in the Cole, Five Points, and Whittier neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to ensure that the families have access to the family development resources offered.
Five Points Media Center: Youth Media Camp – Awarded $30,000.
Program Description: Serves youth in grades 9-12 from DPS. Program aims to teach students about media and telecommunications through their active involvement, goals setting, and mastery of media/telecommunications skills.
Florence Critterton Center for Young Families Human Services, Inc.: Young
Fathers Program; Bridges of Support Project – Awarded $35,000.
Program Description: Designed for young fathers ages 14-22. The fathers are provided with extensive services to reduce family violence and assist them in becoming actively and positively involved with their children.
Fresh Start, Inc.: Heart and Pride – Awarded $25,000.
Program Description: Serves youth ages 11-18 who have committed municipal offenses. Youth are required to participate for 4 consecutive Saturdays. Their program is dedicated to youth development and community service.
Friends in Transition: Friends for Youth – Awarded $10,000.
Program Description: Aims to serve youth who lack positive role models and direction and give youth on probation a new direction and guidance for a life aside from crime. Mentors reach out to at-risk youth and offer them a one-on-one relationship that brings encouragement, hope, and trust.
Full Circle Intergenerational Project, Inc.: Senior Youth Partnership
– Awarded $27,963.
Program Description: Matches young African Americans at risk for substance abuse and crime with adult mentors and involves the family in the match activities. Program also encourages families to become involved in other agency activities beyond mentoring. Program emphasizes cultural and community bonding.
Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver: Discovery – Awarded $35,000.
Program Description: Serves girls ages 9-11 and their female mentors with two 13-week sessions. The girls learn their rights, capabilities, and responsibilities as leaders.
Globeville Community Center: Globeville Youth Leadership – Awarded
Program Description: Serves youth in the Globeville area between the ages of 9-14 who demonstrate academic leadership potential. The program provides a mentoring program with youth mentors and research projects for the mentor pairs.
Goodwill Industries of Denver: School to Work Program – Awarded
Program Description: Serves at-risk DPS students in an effort to enhance their chances for success and self-sufficiency by providing employability and independent living skills via a school and work based curriculum.
Inner Places Inc.: The Spot – Awarded $100,000
Program Description: Serves 60 youth ages 14-21 by providing a safe, supportive nighttime place. The services at "The Spot" include creative arts, education, employment, and career development.
Kim Robards Dance: Teen Quest – Awarded $12,708.
Program Description: Serves youth 12-18 through creative arts. Fifty young women are provided dance education, group activities, goal setting activities, and choreographic opportunities.
La Clinica Tepeyac: Nuestros Milagros – Awarded $31,950.
Program Description: Targets Latino youth and uses mentoring as a method of keeping children connected to school and as a prevention strategy to reduce risk behaviors of all types. The aim is to increase academic skills, decrease school absenteeism, increase health risk knowledge, and to strengthen leadership and mentoring skills.
La Raza Services, Inc. D.B.A. Servicios De La Razo, Inc.: Proyecto
Adelante – Awarded $100,000.
Program Description: Works to reduce the incidence of violence and criminal behavior among Latino youth ages 13-18 by providing an in-school, after school, weekend and summertime program which strengthens protective factors impacting high-risk youth through the enhancement of positive personal, familial, academic, and community values and behaviors.
Metro Denver Gang Coalition: Crisis Intervention Project – Awarded
Program Description: Serves gang affiliated youth to age 22. The services include training, community service, and counseling for the participants and their parents.
Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, Inc.: Mi Carrera Leadership Development
– Awarded $39,000
Program Description: Provides leadership development for girls ages 12-14 in the Denver area. The program offers retreats, field trips, cultural activities, and workshops for young women.
Mile High United Way: Horace Mann Neighborhood Center – Awarded
Program Description: Serves youth 6-22 and their parents in the Horace Mann, Sunnyside, Smiley, and Park Hill neighborhoods. The program provides neighborhood centers with low cost activities and classes for the youth and families.
Mile High United Way: Family Partners Program – Awarded $133,669.
Program Description: The program has two primary goals: to increase parents’ involvement in their child’s education to promote school readiness and to increase language development and promote pre-literacy skills for at-risk children. Services include parent education meetings, resources and referrals, toy lending library, and literacy workshops.
Mile High United Way: Southwest Scholars – Awarded $63,425.
Program Description: Works with 4, 5, and 6 year-olds at eight Denver public schools. The goal is to improve the reading and writing skills of students whose performance is below grade level by providing enrichment classes.
Moyo Nguvu Cultural Arts Center, Inc.: Children’s Rites of Passage
– Awarded $22,720.
Program Description: A comprehensive program designed to provide young African-American women, ages 11-18, with a cultural and gender specific educational experience. The curriculum covers the following areas: academic reinforcement, health, cultural arts and movement disciplines, social skills, technology, and entrepreneurship.
Neighborhood Cultures of Denver: Neighboring Through the Arts –
Program Description: A crime and substance abuse prevention activity that serves at-risk youth and their families who live in low and middle income neighborhoods. The practice is to invite and select neighborhoods based on citizen interest, willingness, readiness to participate, and demonstration of ability to plan and implement block art projects.
Northeast Women’s Center: Crossover – Awarded $38,000.
Program Description: Provides educational/skill building services to single teen parents and at-risk youth ages 16-21. Program includes GED services, job readiness, job placement, support services, and mentoring.
Northwest Coalition 4 Better Schools: North Star Tutor Mentor Program
– Awarded $30,000.
Program Description: Serves youth ages 6-18 through mentoring, tutoring, recreation, and parent involvement. The youth meet with trained mentors twice a week after school for 30 weeks.
Palmer Elementary School: The Palmer Project – Awarded $25,888.
Program Description: Serves Palmer Elementary School Students and their families by hiring a family outreach coordinator to support the family with resources. The support includes building resiliency and connection to the neighborhood.
PS 1 Charter School: PS 1 Community Steps Ahead – Awarded $50,000.
Program Description: Provides services to students ages 10-18. The students are matched with a trained community mentor that they meet with on a monthly basis and communicate with on a weekly basis.
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center: Pro Bono Attorneys Project –
Program Description: Offers pro bono legal representation to families and children with cases under the Denver Protective Orders Court and for every egregious crisis call received on the Hotline for Children and Families At-Risk. They recruit and train new volunteer attorneys each year to represent children at-risk.
Rocky Mountain Ser Job For Progress: Huerfano County Family Learning
Project – Awarded $30,000.
Program Description: Serves youth at-risk of suspension or expulsion and their parents. Students participate in academic and computer instruction, workshops, seminars, and other activities directed at overcoming risk factors associated with delinquent behavior.
Rose Community Foundation: Denver Beacons Project – Awarded $67,500.
Program Description: The goal of the project is to improve educational and social outcomes for children and youth and to offer high quality opportunities and activities to develop skills, self-confidence, and leadership abilities. Services are provided at Cole Middle School, Lake Middle School, and Rishel Middle School.
SafeHouse Denver, Inc.: Domestic Violence Family Intervention Services
– Awarded $27,648.
Program Description: Offers a parent education component which reinforces family conflict and anger management skills for women. Mothers are encouraged to voluntarily enroll their children and support the new skills that are taught to the children. The intention is to support the family as a whole and encourage them to heal together.
Save Our Youth, Inc.: Expansion of Save Our Youth Mentoring Program
– Awarded $25,050.
Program Description: Serves youth ages 11-18 in the predominantly Latino neighborhoods of Baker, Villa Park, and Jefferson Park. The youth are matched with mentors to support them in learning projects and to develop meaningful relationships.
Speaking of Dance: Building Community Through Dance – Awarded
Program Description: Targets youth and their families who have limited to no access to arts activities and offers them intergenerational performance-based dance workshops. Participants learn dance and choreography as well as listening and pro-social skills.
St. Anthony Health Foundation: Shared Beginnings CHES in Northeast Denver
– Awarded $31,994.
Program Description: Serves the northeast Denver area through a collaborative effort focusing on access to resources and reproductive health education and providing mentors to guide teens through critical decision-making processes to prevent pregnancy and encourage pre and postnatal care if pregnant.
St. Joseph’s Boxing Club: St. Joe’s Boxing Club - Awarded $17,
Program Description: Provides an organized, adult supervised daily activity that promotes citizenship, moral conduct, and self-worth through disciplined and practiced sports participation. Target areas include Sloan’s Lake and Globeville neighborhoods.
Street Beat, Inc.: Street Beat Truancy Program – Awarded $83,050.
Program Description: Targets truant middle school youths ages 11-14 from northeast Denver with the goal keeping these youth in school, improving their performance, and building family support to keep youth off the streets and away from trouble. Students must attend classes at the Street Beat facility and attend individual and group meetings.
Summer Scholars – Awarded $256,493.
Program Description: Provides a six week summer literacy and recreation program to 1,200 elementary school students who are reading below grade level. The program prevents the spiral of school failure, poverty, and violent crime by strengthening the literacy skills.
The Latin American Research and Service Agency: Latino Community
Leadership Project – Awarded $50,000.
Program Description: Provides leadership, life, cultural, volunteer, and business skills to participants ages 8-30. The center is open to parents to pursue their educational aspirations including GED preparation.
The Native American Multicultural Education School, Inc.: Native American
Multicultural Education School NAMES – Awarded $10,000.
Program Description: Provides leadership, life, business, cultural, and volunteer skills to participants ages 8-30. The center is open to parents to pursue their educational aspirations including GED preparation.
The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth: Youth Enhancement Services
– Awarded $100,000.
Program Description: Serves youth 3-18 through academic/education services in the Denver Metro area. The place of service is "Shaka’s Place: Youth Technology Center".
The Urban Farm at Stapleton: The Urban Farm at Stapleton (Embracing
Horses) – Awarded $90,000.
Program Description: Serves 400 youth ages 5-18 from Northeast Denver, North Aurora, Northwest Denver, and Montbello. The youth learn to work with animals, respect, caring, problem solving, and values.
Urban Children’s Coalition: Family Advocacy Program – Awarded
Program Description: Serves families in the Denver area around court cases and other domestic resources. The families receive ongoing case management from the advocates and obtain guidance through the social services and judicial systems.
Urban Peak: Peak Experience – Awarded $82,800.
Program Description: Serves homeless and runaway youth ages 14-21 who are at risk for crime. The services include a daytime program, an emergency shelter, a street outreach, and housing.
Warren Village, Inc.: Village Children with a Brighter Future –
Program Description: Provides an early childhood program for the at-risk children at Warren Village. Program includes a learning center that is safe, nurturing, and multicultural.
Whiz Kids Tutoring, Inc.: Whiz Kids Tutoring – Awarded $25,000.
Program Description: The program’s goal is to improve the literacy skills of students in the most at-risk areas of the city, encourage positive attitudes toward school and traditional social institutions, and to reduce the risks for school dropout and early involvement in problem behaviors.
YouthBiz – Awarded $70,000.
Program Description: A youth operated training center consisting of business and leadership training. Program offers employment/job training, stipend team training, team building, and networking with neighbors and businesses.
The Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Grant program provides funding for community-based programs that target youth and their families for prevention and intervention services in an effort to reduce incidents of youth crime and violence.
In 1994, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation that created the YCPI program. The grants will be distributed August 1.
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