AYO had the opportunity to partner with Generation WILD (a program of the City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department) and spend an entire day at the Aurora Reservoir. Generation Wild provided kayaks as well as archery lessons for our youth, families, and mentors.
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What did we mean when we said AYO is 100% virtual?! We meant that the fun doesn't stop!
AYO Game Night each Tuesday throughout the summer was a wonderful way for our youth to connect virtually. We played games like Uno, Family Feud and even had an opportunity to do a really cool Escape Room! Please join us during the academic year as we host AYO Hangouts each Tuesday for a chance to play fun games and win really cool prizes! The first AYO hangout for the school year is September 1st.
Hey AYO Fam! We know it's been a while since we last updated our blog, but a lot has happened since AYO went 100% virtual. We hosted a guided Paint Night that was a real hit with the youth! A perfect way for us to get creativity and conversation flowing. Stay tuned for another paint night and more virtual offerings hosted by AYO and our partners coming soon!
AYO has successfully reached week #6 of functioning in a virtual capacity, and we're proud to say that we are still actively serving our community, families and students! The team facilitates daily check-in's via Zoom Conference Call and we've noticed how our small, but mighty team often looks like the Brady Bunch sitcom, sitting in our little boxes! :)
Aurora Youth Options Male Group Mentoring Program has wrapped up a very successful second session! With the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we have made the transition to E-Mentoring. AYO Group Mentoring program ensures that middle and high school aged male youth that seek mentoring services are supported.
Each year, AYO plans a family engagement event in which youth, their families, and even their mentors, are able to come together and enjoy a fun time before the holiday season. We had a really wonderful time going back to Denver Botanic Gardens for their Blossoms of Light event for the second year in a row. Denver Botanic Gardens and their foundation Go2Gardens sponsored 54 youth, family members, mentors and AYO staff to attend via a luxury charter bus! We definitely got into the holiday spirit and had a good time with new and old friends. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
Over the last few months, Aurora Youth Options partnered with Art from Ashes, an art and poetry curriculum workshop that focuses on symbolism, metaphor and storytelling to engage and encourage youth empowerment. The 3-step workshop process utilizes expression, connection, and transformation to help youth move past their own limitations to discover hope, humanity and self-determination through the power of words. Each workshop highlighted a guest poet and different types of poetry expression.
On October 10th, the young men of our Male Group Mentoring (MGM) program had some friendly competition on the basketball court as they faced off against officers from the Aurora Police Department (APD). The Male Group Mentoring Basketball clinic was an opportunity to bridge the gap between APD and youth within the community by hosting fun, engaging activities that provides a common ground for all participants.