Enriching Denver's Youth, CA Style

Horizons is a non-profit program offering enrichment designed for Denver Public School students from low-income families. Committed to the development of the whole child, Horizons provides experiences that enhance self-esteem, foster responsibility, build problem-solving skills, and encourage a life-long interest in learning. It emphasizes academic enrichment, social and emotional learning, cultural experiences and the arts, and health and wellness - including swimming.

Launched in 1998 with 13 students and 3 staff as the first Horizons National affiliate west of the Mississippi, Horizons at CA now welcomes nearly 150 students and 70 volunteers and team members annually for six weeks each summer and six “Super Saturdays” during the academic year.  Students can start Horizons as early as PreK; for the past three years, an average 94 percent of students have returned each year to continue with their same Horizons class through high school.

During the summers, Horizons students gain an average of 2-4 months of academic skills while experiencing vibrant instruction in and out of traditional classrooms, including outdoor experiences.  In 2018, over 20 percent of Horizons faculty, staff, and volunteers were themselves Horizons at CA graduates. Nationally, 99 percent of Horizons students graduate from high school; 91 percent continue their post-secondary education as well.

In 2018, Horizons at CA graduates attend such institutions as Metro State University, Colorado State University, Regis University, Red Rocks Community College, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology - several with full financial aid packages.

How can you help?
Horizons supporters offer their time and/or resources to provide enrichment and leadership skills to at-risk children. You can support this life-changing program through providing financial donations, volunteering for Horizons, or attending our signature annual fundraiser, Wine & Dine.  Please note that financial contributions to Horizons may qualify for the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit.

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    Individual donors, foundations, corporations, and Colorado Academy itself, with “in-kind” support in the form of buses, facilities, etc., help fund the Horizons Program. 

    Contributions to the Horizons program are tax deductible and qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit for Colorado residents. 

    By making a monetary gift to Horizons at Colorado Academy, you have the opportunity to join the supporters who make a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in the metro Denver community. Because of the 13-year commitment Horizons makes to each student, you can follow every child’s progress from Pre-Kindergarten through through their high school graduation and beyond, since at least 20% of our Horizons team members are Horizons graduates!

    • Use the Horizons online donor form. Denver’s future depends on programs like Horizons to remain socially and economically strong.
    • Make an in-kind donation of school supplies, toys, educational materials, swim suits or towels. We are always looking for help with supplies for our programs.
    • Be a part of Wine and Dine through attending, volunteering, or donating materials
    Thank you for your support of Horizons at Colorado Academy! If you have any questions about how your contribution makes a difference for Horizons students, please contact our Horizons Office  303.986.1501, x 2674.

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    Ms. Daniela Meltzer 

    Director, Horizons at CA
    Emerson College - BA
    Middlebury Institute of International Studies - Master of Public Administration
    At CA Since: 2018
Colorado Academy
3800 South Pierce Street
Denver, Colorado 80235

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