Volunteering & Mentoring Opportunities

Volunteer or Mentor with Open Door’s Ace After School Program

Please consider volunteering to mentor our school aged children.

Children range in age from Kindergarten through grade 8.

Program Hours are: 3 pm to 6 pm Monday through Thursday.

Program Location: Wyatt Academy 3620 Franklin Street Denver, CO 80205.

You will be required to encourage our children to:

  • Be a positive role model in school, out of school, and in the community.
  • Assist them with their daily homework assignments.
  • Provide character education and guidance.
  • Conflict resolution strategies.
  • Laugh and play with them
  • Make a positive difference and impact in their lives.

To be considered for a volunteer or mentor opportunity please go to the United Way of Denver website: http://www.unitedwaydenver.org/volunteer

In order to be pre-screened and background checked.

We thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you!!!

Wish List

-Computer equipment/services

-Sporting goods

-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:

  1. They will become acquainted with all of the children in an effort to develop strong relationships and rapport.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Lastly, they will partner with Rev. Kelly or other staff members to do group presentations for schools, service clubs, churches, and other venues.
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