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Denver Sister Cities
Denver Sister Cities
With roots dating back to 1948 and incorporation in 1960, Denver Sister Cities International has had a long, rich, history in citizen diplomacy and in building relationships that bridge four continents, eleven municipal governments, at least fifteen languages, and nearly twenty million city dwellers. This office specifically supports the City of Denver in "Sparking the New Global Conversation" and in delivering quality education, cultural, humanitarian and economic development projects in partnership with our 10 Sister Cities.
We live in an exciting time—a world that grows bigger everyday in opportunity, and smaller with the power of connection.
Denver Sister Cities International is a vibrant and growing organization that believes in bringing together local citizens with grassroots efforts. Featuring 10 Sister City partnerships from around the world, we’re a network of people—diverse global ambassadors—interwoven with common thoughts, ideas and the notion of active participation.
Denver's Sister Cities are:
- Axum Ethiopia
- Brest France
- Chennai India
- Cuernavaca Mexico
- Karmiel Israel
- Kunming China
- Nairobi Kenya
- Potenza Italy
- Takayama Japan
- Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
Mi Casa Resource Center
In 1976, eight Head Start mothers living West Denver founded what would become the Mi Casa Resource Center. They did not have a name for it just then, but they had a clear vision of its purpose as a place for women who wanted more for themselves and their families. They sought a safe and supportive environment where women could complete their education and acquire new employment skills while their children received help and encouragement in school. By 1978, there was a name for this vision – Mi Casa Resource Center for Women.
As Mi Casa grew and developed, we recognized the need for programs to advance economic self-sufficiency for the entire family – not just women. In 2008 the agency altered its mission to reflect an expanded target population. Mi Casa’s new mission statement – to advance the economic success of Latino families – honors the vision and commitment of the organization’s Founding Mothers.
At its inception in the late 1970s, Mi Casa began offering job-training programs for women to help them break into higher paying jobs traditionally filled by men. Recognizing self-employment as another viable route to economic stability, Mi Casa expanded in the mid-1980s to include bilingual business development services to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of Latinos living in Denver’s thriving Hispanic communities. And in the late 1990s, Mi Casa responded to the need for enrichment programs during out-of-school time by opening a school-based neighborhood center at a middle school in northwest Denver and other school-based academic and enrichment programs for middle and high school youth.
Today, Mi Casa continues to work toward its mission through an integrated program strategy of Career, Business, and Youth & Family Development services. Mi Casa believes that when members of a family have realistic opportunities to pursue professional, educational and entrepreneurial advancement – within a culturally responsive and supportive environment – the cycle of poverty will be broken.
It is this belief that compels Mi Casa to offer targeted programs that offer:
- Career Development: a practical pathway for workers who face barriers to employment to launch a promising career
- Business Development: programs to help entrepreneurs and emerging businesses find success through self-employment
- Youth & Family Development: out-of-school time enrichment for middle and high school youth focused on academic success, leadership development, technology learning, and career exploration with opportunities for family engagement and adult learning.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Not just after school hangouts, the Boys and Girls Clubs are places where young people come to learn, do homework, develop social skills, express themselves creatively, and participate in sports. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver also owns and operates a residential summer camp near Ward, Colorado called Gates Camp. The Clubs are staffed by full-time professionals and located in neighborhoods where they are needed most.
Our Impact: Four key characteristics define the essence of a Boys & Girls Club. All are critical in exerting a positive impact on the life of a child.
Dedicated youth facilities – Boys & Girls Clubs are places–actual neighborhood-based buildings–designed solely for youth programs and activities.
Open when kids need us most – The Clubs are open weekdays after school and during the summer when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
Professional staff – Every Club is directed by trained youth development professionals who act as role models and mentors to members. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
Available and affordable to all youth – For only $2 per year, any child between the ages of 6 and 18 can become a member. We do not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or income.
How We Help Kids Succeed: Boys & Girls Clubs offer proven programs that help youth gain the developmental assets they need to succeed in life. Members participate in a variety of programs in the following Core Program Areas:
Character & Leadership Development
Education & Career Development
Health & Life Skills
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Sixteen safe, positive neighborhood centers and a residential summer camp provide after school, weekend and summer programs for young people between the ages of 6-18 years old.