Open Door is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, community-based, non-law enforcement organization. As such, it depends solely on the donations from private individuals, and foundations. We are extremely grateful to those in our community who share our vision of helping to curb gang-related violence and gang recruitment activities in the Denver Metropolitan Area.
Although we are realistic about the incredible size of the problem, we know that every life we touch is a step closer to the solution. You can help us change a life! Change a neighborhood! Change the direction of the next generation! It is not too big a problem when we work together to save one kid at a time.
A financial contribution from you or your company can help us provide more viable alternatives and activities for members and potential members. We will also gladly accept donations of services, equipment or monthly pledges and donations of time and energy.
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After School Programs
Please help mentor our elementary school children.
Mondays through Thursday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Wyatt Academy, 3620 Franklin Street, Denver CO 80205
-Be a good adult role model.
-Help them with homework assignments.
-Laugh and play with them.
– Make a difference in their lives.
-After school reading material – grade levels K-8
-After school activities material AKA arts and crafts
-Used automobiles for Cool Cars program
From the very depths of our hearts, thank you. A contribution to Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives offers so much more than its face value – it represents endless possibilities. Through our program, the lives of hundreds are transformed every single year. Please choose to aid us in our cause for creating a safer community, educating the minds of the underprivileged youth, offering hope and inspiration to many, and providing a platform for the success of Denver’s kids.
Youth Resource Unit
The Youth Resource Unit consists of four to six young adults recruited from within the community served by Open Door. The primary function of the unit will be to serve as an extension of the After School and Summer Program reaching out to the families of the children Open Door serves in an effort to identify problems away from school that could lead to gang involvement or other negative activities. They will also be responsible for reaching out and following up on youth that involved with Open Door but moved on to middle school.
These resource leaders will have either grown up surrounded by gang activity or have actual experiences in gang involvement and have made admirable progress overcoming these negative influences and in changing their lifestyles.
The Youth Resource Unit will function as a team in order to achieve the programmatic goals set forth by Open Door. All members of the unit will participate in an orientation and training period to ensure that they understand clearly the policies and procedures governing all staff of Open Door. They will also receive training on relationship building and intervention strategies.
All members of the unit will assist with the After School and Summer Programs:
- They will become acquainted with all of the children in an effort to develop strong relationships and rapport.
- They will do home visits and maintain positive communications between the families. Unit members will be available to partner with Rev. Kelly when necessary to stifle potential violence or confrontations.
- They will also serve as monitors for crowd control at special events, such as the Juneteenth celebration and the Martin Luther King (MLK) day parade.
- Lastly, they will partner with Rev. Kelly or other staff members to do group presentations for schools, service clubs, churches, and other venues.