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denver afterschool alliance

Afterschool programs help students SUCCEED. 
Better attendance. Better academic performance. On track to graduate.


Quality afterschool programs have a measureable impact.

Research shows that students enrolled in high-quality afterschool programs attend school more often, do better in school—particularly in math—and stay on track to graduate. They also report increased confidence, a strong connection to their school and trusted relationships with program providers who offer support and advice.

The Denver Afterschool Alliance exists to make high-quality afterschool programs available to more students.

The Denver Afterschool Alliance helps youth succeed by connecting program providers with school and city officials to increase access to high quality afterschool and summer programs. Together we’re stronger, and our impact is greater. The work of the alliance leads to quality afterschool and summer programs that improve students’ academic and personal growth, as well as instructors’ professional development. Learn more about the Denver Afterschool Alliance.

Watch how afterschool programming impacts Denver's youth.



From 3-6 p.m., 11.3 million kids are alone and unsupervised.


We work to create learning opportunities for students.


Afterschool experiences increase academic outcomes.

Resources and Training for Providers

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The Denver Afterschool Alliance offers a myriad of tools, resources and professional development opportunities to afterschool providers. Learn more.

Our Partners and Supporters

The Denver Afterschool Alliance works in deep partnership with many generous supporters and funders, and arm-in-arm alongside quality afterschool program providers.


Launched in 2012, thanks to a grant from The Wallace Foundation and other local foundations, the Denver Afterschool Alliance is a diverse collaborative of stakeholders including the City and County of Denver, Denver Public Schools, and many of Denver's community-based and funding organizations. Learn more about the Denver Afterschool Alliance.

Our Vision
All Denver youth will achieve success now and in the future through active participation in diverse, quality afterschool programs.

Our Mission
To develop a sustainable, citywide afterschool system to increase access to and participation in quality afterschool programs in order to keep Denver's youth safe, inspire kids to learn and prepare them for the future.

Our Team
The Denver Afterschool Alliance is a diverse collaborative of afterschool stakeholders who work together to ensure Denver's youth has access to quality afterschool programs and enrichment opportunities.

    Board Members

    • Erin Brown - Executive Director, Office of Children's Affairs (Co-Chair)
    • Eldridge Greer - Associate Chief, Denver Public Schools (Co-Chair)
    • Jolon Clark - Council Representative District 7, City and County of Denver
    • Lisa Flores - Denver Board of Education, Denver Public Schools
    • Genia Herndon - Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
    • John Martinez - Deputy Executive Director, Denver Parks and Recreation
    • Tina Martinez - Director of Partnerships and Programs, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
    • Khanh Nguyen - Portfolio Director, Healthy Living, Colorado Health Foundation
    • Samantha Olson - Vice President, Colorado Education Initiative
    • Lisa Roy - Executive Director, Denver Public Schools Early Education Management
    • Kim Schulz - Associate Vice President, YMCA of Metropolitan Denver

    Leadership Team

    • Maxine Quintana - Director, Out-of-School-Time Initiatives, City and County of Denver (Co-founder)
    • Regan Suhay - Afterschool Provider Liaison, City and County of Denver (Co-founder)
    • Kristen Pozzoboni, PhD. - Senior Manager, Extended Learning & Community Schools, Denver Public Schools

    Additional Team Members

    • Meredith Bixler - SEAL Coach, City and County of Denver
    • Miranda Cook - SEAL Initiative Manager, City and County of Denver
    • Melanie Kartzmer - Afterschool Supports Coordinator, DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Andrew Kramer - SEAL Coach, City and County of Denver
    • John Lewis - Network Lead, DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Amelia McClain - Marketing and Communications Professional, City and County of Denver
    • Bonnie Moya - SEAL Coach, City and County of Denver
    • Jami Powell - DAA Network Coach
    • Daniel Read, PhD. - Senior Research Analyst, DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Carol Schneider - Community Partnership Program Manager, DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Chanin Strassburger - DAA Network Coach

By the numbers: Denver Afterschool Alliance's impact in the 2015-2016 school year

  • 15,000 students’ lives were impacted by our work
  • 50 afterschool and summer sites worked with our quality programs
  • 1,600 sites run by 400 organizations citywide were mapped via the Program Locator tool

The Denver Afterschool Alliance is working intensively with fourteen afterschool organizations at nine program sites to build capacity in the areas of quality improvement, data-driven decision making, partnerships and collaboration. The focus of the project is to develop afterschool programs that lead to improved outcomes for youth.

Learn more about the project and our site partners!

Denver stands out as a national model for multisector partnerships, proponents of quality in action, robust evaluation efforts of targeted programs and cutting edge work both in practice and policy.

Our work has gained recognition from well-known and respected organizations such as:

Our professional team members have traveled throughout the United States to facilitate and lead seminars at various national conferences to deepen the work locally and nationally.

Students spend significantly more time out of school than they do in the classrooms. It’s more important than ever that our afterschool programs build off the work happening during the school day. That’s why the Denver Afterschool Alliance developed a tool to show how afterschool programs support each of the five goals of the Denver Plan 2020—Denver Public Schools’ strategic plan.

Learn how afterschool programs support our shared goal of ensuring every child succeeds.

The Status of Denver's Children

What is the need for afterschool? Learn more about the families and children Denver strives to serve with programs like the Denver Afterschool Alliance. Learn more.

Afterschool Programs and DPS' Strategic Plan

Learn how afterschool and summer programs support the five goals of DPS’ strategic plan, the Denver Plan 2020: helping Every Child Succeed. Learn more.


We Can't Do It Without You
Staff Contact

Maxine Quintana
Director of Afterschool Initiatives
720-913-0905 | email me