Annually Reverend Leon Kelly Jr. hosts an Inner city kids shopping spree event held at the Stapleton Walmart in Quebec Square. For the past four years, Reverend Kelly has hosted this event in collaboration with both the Denver Police and Sheriff’s Departments. Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives selects 25 children from their after-school programs to participate in the shopping spree. These children have proven to be responsible, respectful, and consistent with displaying role model behavior both in and out of school.
Reverend Kelly’s intention is to show the inner city kids that everyday heroes do exist and are constantly helping the community by doing their job. By having Denver Police and Denver Sheriff Department personnel interact with their children in a fun and generous environment, we have found that it is also a wonderful way to help them to understand that law enforcement is there to help and protect them and their community 24 hours a day, 7days a week.
Open Door youth Gang Alternatives takes pride in providing a positive influence delivered with compassion that will continue to help keep inner city kids focused on education and their future while keeping them out of gangs and off the streets.
Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives had the pleasure of taking our children on a field trip to the Colorado State Capitol Building. During the event, Reverend Leon Kelly Jr. provided a prayer service and our ACE program students participated in reciting “The Pledge of Allegiance” to the capital staff and the community.