January was National Mentoring Month and Aurora Youth Options (AYO) held a mentoring drive in December and January to recruit mentors for Aurora youth. Members of the AYO Mentor Team presented to service clubs and other community organizations, visit community events, Buckley AFB and participate in the creation of public service announcements and the distribution of flyers to get out the word about the importance of mentoring. On January 29, AYO hosted 27 adults who were interested in learning more about how to change a life.
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In the spirit of neighborliness and the holiday season, five organizations (Aurora Public Library, Aurora Strong Resilience Center, Aurora Youth Options, the Anschutz Community Campus Partnership and the Hoffman Youth and Community Center) tenanted in the building collaborated on hosting a holiday party and open house for the residents of the Hoffman neighborhood and their friends. Representing diverse mandates, although serving the same residents living in the Hoffman neighborhood, this was a unique partnership for the participating organizations, as each took responsibility for various
Colorado Juvenile Council (CJC) is dedicated to providing opportunities, connections and resources that support excellence in the juvenile justice system. Over the years CJC has evolved to include virtually every agency that works alongside the juvenile justice system in Colorado.
“Belay!” “Belay on.” “ I am ready to be supported.” “We are ready to support you!” And support each other they did as 32 mentors and mentees in AYO’s Mentoring Enhancement Demonstration Project stepped up to the challenges inherent in a high and low ropes course at West Pines Training Center in Wheat Ridge on September 27. The West Pines program, a ‘challenge by choice’ event where everyone has a role to play, from anchoring, belaying or cheerleading, brought AYO’s mentoring adults and their youth together in a unique bonding experience 30’ over a bark ‘floor’.
In partnership with the Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention, AYO hosted Family Dinner Day. AYO and other community resources shared with Aurora families the importance of eating dinner and being physically active as a family.
AYO enjoyed hosting the CompuGirls Program for 8 weeks this summer of 2014. CompuGirls is a National Science Foundation Funded grant project that aims to connect adolescent females of color with the emerging and most often male dominated science, technology, engineering, and math fields. CompuGirls accomplishes our main mission by teaching technology skills, promoting change in communities using technology, and understanding how issues surrounding social justice influence the world.
Since 1984 the Aurora Chamber of Commerce has promoted and fostered the development of leadership in our community. Leadership Aurora is a program designed to meet our city’s need for the active participation of informed, skilled and involved community leaders. As a result, Leadership Aurora educates and prepares community leaders who are committed to shaping Aurora’s future.
If Abe Lincoln or George Washington got into a fight, who would win (pretty much a 50/50 split among the group with a slight advantage given to Abe for undetermined reasons)? What percentage of a teen’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision (40%)? These and the answers to other questions made for some laughter and hilarity at this year’s volunteer recognition event attended by 25 folks representing tutors, admin volunteers, mentors and mentees. Hosted at Baker Street Pub & Grill, the event provided AYO with an opportunity to thank the volunteers who he