By serving Coloradans who have less power, privilege and income, and by prioritizing Coloradans of color, we keep equity at the heart of our work to bring health in reach.
Maintain Healthy Bodies
Support community voice in the design of the new Irving Street Library playground as the original one was lost to arson this summer. Engagement from south Westminster residents, the most ethnically, economically and socially diverse part of the city, will be in the form of community navigators and gatherings that amplify the voice of those residents who most utilize the playground including children and youth.
Support planning for a major re-investment in the Longs Peak Middle School's outdoor play and learning infrastructure. As a Title I middle school and community hub, Longs Peak's vision is to work alongside students and community members to create an inclusive space which encourages health, well-being and learning.
Sustain the VPAC impact in the Greater Denver Metro Area through youth after-school, weekend, winter and summer camps. Hire past students to begin to train them up in preparation for after college to pass the torch within the next few years.
Aim to provide holistic physical well-being activities that are culturally informed for underserved Muslim youth and serve as a source of empowerment.
Leverage financial partnerships with other funders and community fundraising to address existing health inequities by creating trauma-informed communal safe zones and outdoor spaces for children, youth, family and community members at Cortez's two elementary schools. The community identified their needs, ideated solutions and determined design, equipment choices and overall project scope.
Provide girls with the knowledge, skills and social support needed to develop heathy habits, positive self-image and the ability to make healthy choices via Whole Girl Physical Health (WGPH) programming. WGPH is integrated into GIMD's out of school time (OOST) programming during afterschool and summertime hours and uses research-based curriculum and activities. WGPH is informed by girls' interests and uses a holistic, culturally responsive approach that supports the whole girl.
Open a BIPOC-led outdoor school through a partnership with YMCA's Camp Shadybrook. This overnight camp environment will include certifications such as wilderness first aid and wilderness first response, as well as specific health and safety skillsets applicable in the frontcountry as well as the backcountry.
Youth Leadership Development through Building Awareness of Health Related Options and Health Equity Issues
Offer an ongoing series of short 'pop-up' teach-ins covering an array of health topics as determined by our youth leaders. These will be conducted in concert with ongoing programs of Mexican folkloric dance, Tae Kwan Do, youth led bike project and other physical activities being developed with a new teacher.