In honor of January being National Mentoring month, Aurora Youth Options hosted a mentor FriendRaiser to recruit mentors for our youth. This year on January 19th, we held our annual FriendRaiser at Dry Dock Brewery in Aurora, CO. Six of our current mentors shared their mentoring experiences and personal stories on why they wanted to volunteer to help shape the life of a youth with all of our guests. Attendees had a chance to ask the current mentors any questions that they had about mentoring.
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Please excuse the inconveniences while we have some remodeling going on at the Hoffman (City of Aurora) building. Jewell Park renovation has begun in the park and parking lot area of the Hoffman building. Please be mindful of the "off limits" areas, watch for changes of the entrance into the building and parking configuration. Afterward the neighborhood will have a wonderful new park to enjoy!
On Tuesday December 6th, AYO hosted a holiday party with other organizations in the Hoffman building including, Aurora Strong Resilience Center, the Hoffman Rec Center, Aurora Public Library, Transition Age Youth and GRASP. We had an awesome time giving away some sweet raffle
Aurora Youth Options was able to provide 11 AYO families and 12 individual clients with warm winter coats for this season. This would not have been possible without the support of the local Dependable Cleaners and their "Coats for Colorado Coat drive." This event provides our youth and their families with much needed warmth for the long Colorado winters.
This fall, Aurora Youth Options had the amazing opportunity of being the beneficiary of
Citywide Banks’ Annual Money Match campaign! Citywide Banks matched $2,000 of our
$5,850 community donations. The bank also showcased AYO during its Annual Golf
Classic event! City Bank members and friends played an 18-hole game with one special
hole being reserved for AYO. Players chipped a rubber ducky into a kiddy pool and for
each hole in one, Citywide donated once more. An additional $5,000 was raised for our
Every year, AYO hosts an all-day extended event that is free for all matches to attend as a way to bond and develop deeper relationships with one another. This year, on September 10th, seven matches participated in AYO’s annual Ropes Course Event at West Pines Training Facility in Wheat Ridge. Matches were challenged both physically and mentally to overcome obstacles, all the while building a stronger relationship with their mentor/mentee.
Last Thursday Citywide Banks held an amazing event and AYO was the beneficiary.The Matching campaign is still going on (till Sept 15) and we have only raise $700 of the $2,000!!!!! We need your help! Please see the article below and the link and consider supporting us to meet our goal- THANK YOU!!
On Saturday July 30th, two of AYO's matches had the opportunity to head to the mountains in Golden and try some outdoor rock climbing! It was such a fun, beautiful day that was both challenging and encouraging to all who attended. A huge thank you goes out to our wonderful guide, Andrew, founder of Network 5.12, who graciously supported and guided everyone in the mountains at no cost to AYO. We cannot thank him enough for his generosity, guidance, and support!
On Saturday July 30th, Aurora Youth Options partnered with GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project) and A-GRIP (Gang Reduction Impact Program) to offer the second annual Aurora Peace March Event at Spencer Garret Park. With about 150 people in attendance, youth and families in the Aurora community played in a basketball tournament with Aurora police officers, were offered many raffle prizes and food, and came to visit numerous resource tables to learn more about what resources are available in the immediate Aurora area.
This past week four AYO youth attended the Community College of Aurora’s YAASPA’s program (Young Aspiring Americans for Social Political Activism), ensuring them a 2 year scholarship after they graduate high school! All four of these youth have been in or are currently a part of our mentor program. AYO staff are so proud of these