We educate, inspire and connect the next generation of community leaders through our cross sector leadership program, enriching experiences, executive coaching and mentorship. CiviCO provides leaders with pathways to a life of significance and community impact – for the future of Colorado. Learn more at www.livecivico.org.
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Colorado Youth Congress confronts wicked problems head on – like racial justice and mental health – and leads campaigns to change systems.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) is a Colorado nonprofit that provides opportunities for people to come together, learn about their natural environment, and take direct action to restore and care for the land.
African Communicy Center seeks to help refugees and immigrants rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver.
VOC works with conservation and land agencies and relies on thousands of people annually to provide a volunteer workforce for outdoor stewardship projects. These projects take place across Colorado – from city parks and open spaces, to grasslands and foothills, to alpine meadows and peaks.
Challenge Denver provides middle and high school students and their teachers, parents and community members with Challenge Day and effective follow-up programs designed to build critical social emotional skills required for success in school and in life.
Project C.U.R.E. identifies, solicits, collects, sorts and distributes medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world.
ELK (Environmental Learning for Kids) is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education and outdoor experiences for underserved, urban youth ages 5-25.
Our goal is to meet youth where they are and to provide them with the assistance and support they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to exit a life on the streets.
The Greenway Foundation is a Denver-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has led efforts, since 1974, to reclaim the South Platte River and its tributaries from a virtual cesspool to a place of environmental and recreational pride.
Purple Door Coffee reclaims and sustains the lives of homeless youth and young adults through supportive and meaningful employment.
The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources
Extreme Community Makeover is a movement of volunteers working in partnership with residents of specific Denver neighborhoods to complete home and neighborhood improvement projects.
Warren Village exists so low income, single parent families can achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency.
Through a variety of collaborative projects, we strive to build alliances and strengthen communities for people both on and off the reservation. Additionally, we seek to ease the conditions of poverty for the Lakota People.
Adaptive Adventures exists to provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families.
The Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless.
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) provides life changing outdoor learning experiences to people of all abilities, providing a sense of freedom to those who are routinely excluded from outdoor activity due to a disability or special need.
A little help is a non-profit organization that connects neighbours across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. As they connect neighbours across generations they stimultaneously aid seniors in thriving.
Big City Mountaineers transforms the lives of under-served youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. Their curriculum improves self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually.
Denver Kids helps Denver Public Schools students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments to successfully complete high school, pursue post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community.
TEENS, Inc. supports, educates and empowers youth and their families to make healthy choices and thrive.
Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) provides a broad range of programs, services, facilities and park amenities in the City and County of Denver.
Clothes To Kids of Denver provides free school clothing to preschool-12th grade students from low-income or in-crisis families in a warm, welcoming store-like setting.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative protects and preserves the natural integrity of Colorado’s 54 14,000–foot peaks —the “Fourteeners”— through active stewardship and public education.
As a rescue mission, our primary goal is to see these lives transformed through personal accountability, education, spiritual development, and community relationships.
Denver Urban Gardens comes alongside residents, and together, we cultivate gardeners, grow food and nourish community. DUG offers neighborhoods the essential resources for community gardens.
Feeding of the Five Thousand (5000) Outreach Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help to change the world by changing individual lives.
We help families thrive by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry through our programs and partner agencies.
GRID Alternatives vision is a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Their mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.
The mission of Groundwork Denver is to bring about the sustained improvement of the physical environment and promote health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action.
Growhaus works to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food distribution, production, education, and economic opportunity.
At Metro Caring, we’re meeting people’s immediate food needs while sustainably addressing the root cause of hunger: poverty. At the same time that we provide nutritious groceries to our hungry neighbors, we offer comprehensive, wrap-around anti-poverty programming so that families can break the cycle of food insecurity.
The Keystone Adaptive Center provides alpine, skiing and snowboarding lessons to people with disabilities and other special needs.
Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization for trails in scenic Grand County, Colorado. Their goal is to provide high quality trails linking towns and recreational areas within Grand County, with secondary trail systems connecting historical, cultural and recreational sites near our communities.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year.
We provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The HRCA strives to “build the lifestyle that you want to live” so that Highlands Ranch will continue to be a great place to live, work, and play.
Project Worthmore seeks to provide programs that foster community, self-sufficiency and increase quality of life among Denver-area refugees.
Redline is a non-profit contemporary art center that fosters education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change.
ReCreative Denver is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting creativity, community and environmental stewardship through creative reuse & arts education.
Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat.
Sprout City Farms believes that a thriving local food system is the foundation for healthy, resilient communities. We strive to ensure food-secure communities by developing and strengthening the local food system.
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
In partnership with members of our local community, we grow as much food as we can in multiple garden plots. Using organic growing techniques, we invite partners to share land and water, volunteers to plant, tend, harvest, and share the best, most local food found in the South Denver metro area. Our goal is to share amazing food, educate fellow eaters, and grow healthy communities.
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SCHOOLS WITH CYL YOUTH
Arvada West HS
Bishop Machebeuf HS
Castle View HS
Cherokee Trail HS
Cherry Creek HS
Cheyenne Mountain HS
Collegiate Prep Academy
DCIS at Montbello
Denver East HS
Denver Online School
Denver School of the Arts
Denver South HS
Douglas County HS
DSST: Conservatory Green
DSST: Green Valley Ranch
George Washington HS
Girls Athletic Leadership School
Highlands Ranch HS
Jefferson County Open School
MLK Early College
Mountain View HS
Mountain Vista HS
Peak to Peak Charter School
Prospect Ridge Academy
Regis Jesuit HS
Rock Canyon HS
Smoky Hill HS
St. Mary’s Academy
Standley Lake HS
Stargate Charter School
Strive Prep Rise
STEM School Highlands Ranch
The Peak School
Thomas Jefferson HS
Thunder Ridge HS
Wheat Ridge HS
The VF Foundation supports non-profit organizations in driving movements for the betterment of people and the planet, including movements that define Worthy Work, embrace the fact that Outside Matters, and empower diversity, equity and inclusion as we are Free to Be.
Deitmeier Orthodonics is an incredible provider to many young adults within the Denver area. The office of Gregory W. Dietmeier, DDS, MS, PC is conveniently located in Denver, Colorado, and offers outstanding, highly individualized orthodontic care for patients of all ages.
Base. Push. All Out. Fitness, meet science. The idea of Orangetheory is this: a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. It’s what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results with Orangetheory Fitness.
Great Southwestern Construction, Inc. provides superior specialty contracting services by creating mutually rewarding relationships in a safe, inspiring and open environment.
The Pelley Group strives to instill confidence as we help you navigate your financial path today and into the future. We are passionate about helping you make better investment decisions and achieving your investment goals.
Award-winning breakfast & lunch from local, organic ingredients. Voted best breakfast in Colorado. Serving Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins areas.
The Giving Back Group is a Denver real estate company committed to providing clients with exceptional service through the entire selling or buying experience. Additionally, The Giving Back Group donates 20% of their commission to the 501(c)3 charity or non-profit of their client’s choice in their name.
S-K Design Group, INC. is a full service civil engineering, surveying, architecture, permitting, environmental, and consulting firm, specializing in land planning from preliminary site assessments to the final development of the project.