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Denver Afterschool Alliance


About the Denver Afterschool Alliance

We are a citywide collaborative of community stakeholders working together to ensure Denver youth have access to quality afterschool programs and enrichment opportunities that will help them achieve success now and in the future.

As a sponsored initiative of the Office of Children’s Affairs, our alliance is made up of city and school leaders working closely with program providers. Together, we are invested in the well-being and success of Denver youth. We believe a focus on quality standards and data-driven decisions will help ensure Denver youth have the opportunity to safely learn, grow and thrive during the time they are not in school.

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 for all of Denver's youth in order to keep kids safe, inspire kids to learn and prepare them for the future.

About us

There are six strategies that the Denver Afterschool Alliance will employ in order to positively impact quality, access, sustainability, and advocacy for the afterschool field.

  1. Develop and publish quality standards for afterschool programs
    Together, we influence policy, build public awareness and advocate for the value and impact of quality afterschool programs in Denver.
  2. Support continuous quality improvement based upon data
    Through the use of nationally recognized quality improvement practices, a targeted group of afterschool providers will receive intense training and coaching so as to implement best practices and strengthen program quality.
  3. Assess and improve the effectiveness of programs in meeting identified youth outcomes
    Through data house within the Community Partnership System, as well as additional measures such as youth development surveys, afterschool providers will gain access to critical data points, with a targeted group receiving coaching and technical assistance so as to increase data-driven decision making.
  4. Increase access to high quality programs by aligning program capacity to student need
    Through the promotion and utilization of the afterschool program locator, a more comprehensive picture of current afterschool offerings will be apparent.  When matched with local data focused on concentration of youth, social-economic factors and other important measures, questions of access can be better addressed.
  5. Provide the financial resources for city-wide infrastructure supports and advocate for program sustainability
    As quality and data systems continue to develop, increased access to high quality youth programs will be realized, resulting in measurable impacts on youth. As the foundation for this infrastructure continues to grow, resources will be required to sustain and expand the work to additional organizations.  As desired youth outcomes are realized, program stability and financial resources will be critical to long-term impacts. 
  6. Advocate on behalf of the afterschool field
    A comprehensive communications strategy will connect the afterschool field with complementary social service and education fields, clearly demonstrating the success and possibilities to be achieved through collaboration.  By raising the profile of afterschool within the general public, a better understanding and higher level of support will be possible.

The Denver Afterschool Alliance is a diverse collaborative of afterschool stakeholders working together to ensure Denver's youth has access to quality afterschool programs and enrichment opportunities.   Click here for an overview of the Denver Afterschool Alliance.

Our Staff

  • Meredith Hayes, Independent Consultant
    Heather Intres, Community Partnership Coordinator, DPS Extended Learning & Community Schools
    Angela Weigner, Data and Quality Coordinator, DPS Extended Learning & Community Schools 

Our Board

  • John Albright, Deputy Chief of Staff, Denver Public Schools
  • Erin Brown, Deputy Manager of Recreation, Denver Parks & Recreation
  • Kristin Heath Colon, President & CEO, Denver Public Schools Foundation
  • Crisanta Duran, Colorado State Representative
  • Genia Herndon, Asst. Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
  • Rebecca Holmes, Associate Commissioner, Colorado Dept. of Education
  • Mike Johnson, Treasurer, Denver Public Schools Board of Education
  • Paul Lopez, Council Member, Denver City Council
  • Tina Martinez, Vice President of Program Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
  • Lisa Montagu, Director of Health & Education, The Piton Foundation
  • Sarah Park, Director of Education, The Denver Foundation
  • Jerene Petersen, Vice President of Impact, Mile High United Way
  • Piep van Heuven, Chief Executive Officer, OpenWorld Learning
  • Ginger White, Deputy Director, Denver Arts & Venue

The Denver Afterschool Alliance has been made possible by a three-year grant from The Wallace Foundation with matching support from The Denver Foundation, The Piton Foundation, Mile High United Way, Denver Public Schools Foundation and the Denver Office of Children’s Affairs. This support will allow the City of Denver to build a sustainable system that will contribute to the successful development of Denver youth by increasing access to and participation in quality afterschool programs.

  • The Wallace Foundation
    The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for children.  
  • Office of Children's Affairs
    The Denver Afterschool Alliance is a sponsored initiative of the Office of Children's Affairs, which serves as the fiscal sponsor for the The Wallace Foundation grant and matching funds. One of the Office’s top priorities is to develop a citywide infrastructure and system of support for organizations that serve children and youth during the out-of-school hours.  
  • Denver Public Schools Foundation
  • In partnership with Denver Public Schools, the Denver Public Schools Foundation raises and manages funds, makes strategic program investments and serves as a community leader so that all students have the opportunity to succeed.
  • Mile High United Way
    Mile High United Way leverages relationships and invests resources to drive social change. They lead the community in achieving measurable results in the areas of School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency.
  • The Piton Foundation
    The Piton Foundation is a private, operating foundation funded by the Gary Community Investment Company to develop and implement programs to improve education, expand economic opportunities for families and strengthen lower-income communities. 

The Denver Afterschool Alliance also benefits from in-kind support from the following entities:  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, The Civic Canopy, CiviCore, Denver Public Schools, Denver Parks & Recreation and the Office of Children's Affairs.