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.