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 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.
"KEEP KIDS SAFE"
From 3-6 p.m., 11.3 million kids are alone and unsupervised.
"MEET THE NEEDS OF THE WHOLE CHILD"
We work to create learning opportunities for students.
"KEEP KIDS EXCITED - INCREASE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE"
Afterschool experiences increase academic outcomes.
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.
All Denver youth will achieve success now and in the future through active participation in diverse, quality afterschool programs.
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.
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.
• 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
Core Staff Members
• Kristen Pozzoboni, PhD. - Senior Manager, Extended Learning & Community Schools, Denver Public Schools
• Maxine Quintana - Director, Out-of-School-Time Initiatives, City and County of Denver
• Regan Suhay - Afterschool Provider Liaison, City and County of Denver
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
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.