“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’.
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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
Dinosaurs, mummies and space, oh my! Twenty-two intrepid mentors, mentees and families from Aurora Youth Options explored the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on March 15 thanks to the efforts of Deric Pinales, long-time mentor and AYO volunteer, who organized free access to the museum for interested matches and their families. In small and large groups, those present followed the paleontological flow of time through Prehistoric Journey, checked out their health, some science experiments and “mind control” (using theta waves) in Expedition Health and shivered over the Egyptian mummi
AYO is proud to announce that on November 21, 2013 our Homework Help volunteer Bruce Edwards was presented with the “Little Things Mean A Lot” award. The award is given every year by Metro Community Provider Network to a volunteer in the community who is striving to make a positive impact on today’s youth. Bruce has been a devoted tutor for AYO’s Homework Help and Tutoring program for over two years . He tutors at both tutoring locations: MLK library and Aurora Central library, and works with all students, especially those struggling with math.
Thanks to Coats for Colorado, Aurora Youth Options was able to provide 100 of our clients with warm winter coats. Many of these coats were brand new with the tags still attached. Our clients were extremely grateful for receiving winter coats; especially those youth who walk to and from school every day, regardless of the snow or temperature. This would not have been possible without local Dependable Cleaners, so AYO thanks you for the great service you provide!
‘Tis the season to be jolly and folks were fairly jolly on December 12th during AYO’s annual holiday party. Held at the Aurora Strong Resilience Center (who were glad to open their doors to the mentoring community in this way), 45 AYO mentors, their mentees, and families came together for food and fellowship. There was plenty of delicious food and folks played ping pong, trivial pursuit, and some get acquainted games. The Broncos were playing the Chargers and although the staff couldn't find the right channel, the party planners were willing to broadcast the game, had it been possible!