Athletics & Beyond has an active Board of Directors that consist of Colorado natives who graduated from Denver Public Schools (DPS) and universities in Colorado. These members serve as our voices since they are from the community and serve their community. All of our board members have children that currently or have attended DPS so they can personally testify to the achievement gaps in the school system and have stake in making improvements. The Board of Directors of A&B includes 9 members that represent education, business and sports. A&B recruits from the young men and women that have experienced the same barriers to graduation and college attendance as the current A&B classes. The ability to relate to each student and their situation is number one on the priority list for all staff, volunteer and board of directors. This strategy has proven successful for many years and has allowed for close and trusting relationships between A&B staff and volunteers and the students they serve.
The National Mentoring Partnership is proud to collaborate on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a public, private and philanthropic effort to support boys and young men of color in reaching their full potential. The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force identified mentoring as a critical component of the initiative. As the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring, MENTOR has served as an advisor to inform the task force recommendation to launch a public-private campaign to actively recruit high-quality, sustained mentors for all youth and increase support for the capacity of mentoring programs to deliver impactful outcomes. MENTOR’s volunteer search engine is powering this effort and thousands of individuals have already used this tool on the White House website to look for mentoring opportunities in their communities.
Athletics & Beyond (A&B) was created in 2005 by brothers Ali and Narcy Jackson to address the needs of students in 8th – 12th grades who are at risk of dropping out of school. A&B takes a proactive approach to reaching out to students to provide guidance in making positive life choices. More than half of all Denver Public Schools (DPS) students who start in the ninth grade do not graduate within four years. Our program utilizes athletics as a vehicle to capture the attention of students and engage them in academic success before they reach 9th grade. Because of our unique approach, 100% of A&B middle school participants have successfully graduated to high school and A&B high school participants have graduated and successfully enrolled in college and armed services.
Our leadership; A&B leadership; All of the Board of Directors are Denver Public School high school graduates. The co-founder is a Dean of Students & U.S. Army reservist. A&B's Chair is a United States Marine veteran, former Dean of Students at Montbello High School and former Parole Officer for young adults. Sergeant of Arms and the Executive Director are U.S. Army veterans. Our Leadership Development officer is currently a Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. military. Both the Treasurer and Executive Director are accountants. The Secretary of A&B works at a community college as an Academic Adviser and Community Relations Liaison is an HR manager.
Our program name describes the basis of who we are:
Athletics- to fine tune basic fundamental and overall knowledge of the sport of choice.
& -There is more than being just an athlete.
Beyond- to encourage participants to strive for academic success, volunteerism and plan for a career beyond playing sports.
High quality resident led sports specific clinics and life skills workshops are a gateway to academic achievement, better grades, improved chances of attending college and success in the labor market. Affordable clinics are especially important for underserved at-risk youth. These Children are higher achievers in terms of grades and dropout rates, as well as related measures of academic achievement such as homework completion, educational aspirations and more. Sports specific training provides detailed instructions for success in a controlled environment. Underserved children rarely receive national exposure, participate in regional combines, national tournaments, NCAA sponsored clinics and basic life skills workshops because of financial and geographic disadvantages. We find “Giving our children EXPOSURE to OPPORTUNITY” is vital towards the success of our communities.
High school graduation rates in the Denver County, as reported by the Colorado Department of Education report are extremely low- Denver 56.1 percent of seniors graduated "on time" in the spring of 2011, as opposed to 51.8 percent in 2010. Disturbingly students in grades 7th - 12th dropped out of school and 77% of these dropouts failed one or more semester courses in the 9th grade students who attend institutions of higher education obtain a wide range of personal, financial, and other lifelong benefits; likewise, taxpayers and society as a whole derive a multitude of direct and indirect benefits when citizens have access to postsecondary education.
Students who attend institutions of higher education obtain a wide range of personal, financial, and other lifelong benefits; likewise, taxpayers and society as a whole derive a multitude of direct and indirect benefits when citizens have access to postsecondary education. Accordingly, uneven rates of participation in higher education across different segments of U.S. society should be a matter of urgent interest not only to the individuals directly affected, but also as a matter of public policy at the federal, state, and local levels. The income gap between high school graduates and college graduates has increased significantly over time. The earnings benefit to the average college graduate is high enough for graduates to recoup both the cost of full tuition and fees and earnings forgone during the college years in a relatively short period of time.
Any college experience produces a measurable benefit when compared with no postsecondary education, but the benefits of completing a bachelor’s degree or higher is significantly greater.
Participants in organized sports are more likely to attend college and to land better jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.
2010 - Sprint Youth Community Champion Award (AliJah Jackson)
2014 - Angels Award
2012 - 2015 - Proclamations Girls Empowerment & Life Beyond Sports workshops
2014 - Youth Community Service Award
2014 - Adult Community Service Award
2016 - My Brother's Keeper 25 Honorees
2016 - Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Non Profit of the year finalist.
P.O. Box 111172
Aurora, CO 80042