We employ the Whole Child Approach as a Mentoring Program

Career Program: Exploration & Apprenticeships

We help young adults succeed in life beyond sports by providing support in choosing careers beyond sports. Program members advance from Exploration - spending time shadowing various professionals to become more familiar with other career options to Apprenticeships.

Exploring is a work site based unpaid program for young men and women. The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide insight into real world careers by shadowing professionals.

Apprenticeships through A&B are a structured form of paid career exploration that includes on-the-job learning for young men and women ages 14 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 years old. If the program member finds a career that is interesting, it can help direct classroom instruction. Apprenticeships have been shown to boost future workers’ earnings and raise sponsoring companies’ productivity levels.

A&B partners with businesses representing varied industries including Architecture, Business, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Entrepreneurial, Finance, Graphic Design, Healthcare, Hospitality, Interior Design, IT, Sports Management, Sports Media Business Management, and Telecommunications. A&B interviews and provides guidance to our partners in the business industry regarding the type of opportunity extended and the expectations that accompany the opportunity. A&B then screens the young adults interested in the posted opportunities to facilitate successful matches. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Business Partners also agree to provide scholarship for the apprentices upon successful completion of the opportunity expectations. Pay and scholarship amounts vary depending on the business industry and the specific expectations.

Benefits for participating Business Partners include:

·         Increase productivity.

·         Reduce cost of training.

·         Improve community relations.

·         Improve employee relations.

·         Reduce recruiting costs and provide skilled workers for the future

·         Increase staff loyalty and retention

·         Make a positive return on investment

Benefits for apprentices include:

·         Paid employment

·         Scholarship opportunities

·         Leadership development

·         Character Development

·         Social & Professional Networking

·         Community Service

We work with local, regional, and national businesses and organizations to deliver the Career Program. Career Program apprenticeships have been successfully established representing different career fields.

A&B college students participate as interns through working with Colorado State University and Colorado Mesa University.  In partnership with the Denver Public Schools Family and Community Engagement Program (FACE) and the City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) Summer Youth Employment Program high school and college students home on summer break are paid interns. Some of the careers they are interning for are Interior Design/Real Estate, Sports Management, Sports Media Business Management and Entrepreneurial career development. In 2017 college apprentices needing hours to graduate earned over 1,000 hours mentoring and responsible for coordinating various activities and events. Paid apprentices earned over 500 hours.

Athletics & Beyond board of Directors Treasurer Michelle McGee and Human Resource Manager Donna Edwards manage the operational and payroll for interns.

The A&B Student Athlete Program (S.A.P.) is a college readiness program that consists of four components: 1) Educational Success, 2) Life Skills Building, 3) Career Options and 4) Athletic Development. SAP focuses on at-risk children and youth primarily attending Denver Public Schools (DPS). With the organization’s foundational goal and mission to increase high school and postsecondary, this approach has produced graduation and retention rates that are unrivaled by other organizations in the Denver Metro area. The Educational Success component of SAP provides academic support and resources and intensive mentoring. A&B hosts National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center workshops, academic tutoring; ACT and SAT preparation and testing and monitoring of the academic progress of students. Additionally, throughout the year A&B student athletes participate in college campus tours.

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Resources:

Information about College Scholarships
ACT Information
SAT Information

Club Z! Tutoring Services: https://clubztutoring.com/aurora/ 

Daniels Scholarship Program: http://www.danielsfund.org/Scholarships/index.asp 

In order to get into a Division I or Division II college each student/athlete will need to: NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER and NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE INFORMATION 

PROBABILITY OF COMPETING BEYOND COLLEGE

College Comparison

If in state your child may qualify for the College Opportunity Fund which gives $2,600 per year towards education as a resident of Colorado. Check out www.collegeincolorado.org for more information.

The Scholly application https://www.myscholly.com/ 

http://gwresources.wordpress.com/college-job-info/college-scholarship-sites/ and Smart Scholar http://www.smartscholar.com/ 

Other websites to check out:

https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/sleep-scholarship/ 

https://www.reviews.com/best-scholarship-search-platforms/ 

https://sleeptitan.com/scholarship/ 

http://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/search 
www.abetterchance.org
www.fastweb.com
www.findtuition.com
www.blackexcel.org/100minority.htm
www.gmsp.org/
Diversity Scholars
www.financialaid4you.com/index.php/scholarships
www.minority-scholarships-guide.com/

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Tutoring Study Skills Program, Test Prep and Academic Support

Athletics & Beyond has partnered with the Daniels Scholarship Program to expand outreach to potential scholarship recipients particularly in marginalized communities. 

http://www.danielsfund.org/Scholarships/index.asp 

Each year Athletics & Beyond high school seniors on time high school graduation rate has been 100% (primarily Denver Public Schools).  The results of SWAG Students Athletes; nationally known Watkins Awardee and 7 National Honors Society members.  Three members of the Denver North H.S. basketball team volunteered at the 2017 My Brother's Keeper MBK25 class of 2017 reception. Locally; 2 Daniels Scholarship Program scholarship recipients, 1 John Lynch Student Athlete of the Year recipient, 4 John Lynch Student Athlete of the month recipients  and one DECCA (http://deca.cccs.edu/) recipient .  

Strong Women and Gentlemen (S.W.A.G.) Academic Academy was developed to boost academic achievement and increase student engagement. Creating well-rounded students and then athletes, have proven to create successful and thoughtful adult citizens. This has been accomplished by providing after school tutoring at KIPP- KNDLA Denver, Noel Community Arts School, Warriors athletics programs, Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Early College, Aurora Central H.S. Football program, North H.S. basketball team, Manual H.S. baseball team and for Athletics & Beyond traveling club 7v7 football team. 

Club Z! Tutoring Services Outcomes; At Noel Community Arts School and for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. SAT Prep workshops scores have an average increase of 50 - 360 points after 4 - 6 weeks. One parent wrote; "thank you so much for the efficiency of your techniques! My sons scores increased 150 points in just a few weeks training with you.- Rebecca Taladay  

 

Since collaborating North H.S. basketball team GPA has been the highest of all sports in the North H.S. athletics program. Class of 2018 North H.S. student athlete Brenden Garcia manages a 4.6 grade point average and will be attending the University of Colorado School of Engineering.  

Targeted Academic Intervention and Tutoring is a group specific program that starts with students grades 4th - 8th in low performing neighborhoods like Swansea and Montbello. S.W.A.G. is partnered with high school athletic programs in the Denver Metropolitan area providing Targeted Academic Intervention for Montbello- Regional Athletics and Activities (RAAP) student athletes, Denver North Basketball Program, Noel Community Arts School (#LeapYellowGoGreen) and with Manuel High School baseball student athletes.  

Activities include peer mentoring, training in leadership, financial literacy, life skills, and healthy living. Various strategies are used by A&B's integrated programs with the desired outcome of increasing high school graduation rates, higher education attendance, knowledge of life and educational skills, and discipline to insure successful transitions to higher education.

Academic assistance is provided by working with University of Denver grad students and Club Z Tutoring.  Club Z!'s uniquely effective study skills program called Learning Built to Last™ targets the different learning styles and habits of middle school and high school students. The Learning Built to Last program™ offers two diagnostics to customize the study skills system and tutoring experience for every student.

Our tutors are talented individuals with college degrees. Many are state certified as teachers; most importantly the all have a passion for education. We believe that ALL students can learn, achieve, and experience success! We help our students believe in their own success by building their self-confidence and academic achievements. 

Club Z! Learning Style Diagnostic Test: https://clubztutoring.com/blog/club-z-announces-new-sat-act-game-changer-z-prep-score-booster/ 

Explores the student's natural method of learning. Club Z! tutors work with students to improve study skills and have some fun in the process. This program will teach how to listen, read, and study better...but that is just the beginning. Learning Built to Last™ will help each individual understand study skills in terms of their own interests and experiences. The book, workbook, and planner contain materials and exercises allowing the student to utilize the Learning Built to Last™ program at any time. There is no better time to get an edge on study skills! 

The Club Z! Tutoring Services Learning Built to Last™ program helps students who:

  • Struggle across the board in all subjects.
  • Struggle in a specific subject
  • Are highly social and extremely busy.
  • Are stressed out, disorganized, and procrastinate.
  • Are athletes or performers who juggle school with road trips and practices.
  • Are high-achievers, honor students, or perfectionists.
  • Has ADD/ADHD or a learning disability.
  • Average B's or C's and are looking to step up to the next level.
  • Are struggling through a transition year.

Congrats to scholar athlete Zach Peterson for earning the 2015 John Lynch Student Athlete of the Year award ($15,000) scholarship.  Zach was the lead tutor/mentor for our ‪#MathChamps‬ on their outstanding performance at the 1st annual state tournament with the Denver Nuggets! Students from Denver Public Schools, YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, and local after-school program providers converged for the first tournament in the city. Our winner from Athletics & Beyond's Stapleton Rec Center set a new record, becoming our first solo tournament winner!

For more information or to register visit Club Z! Tutoring Services at https://clubztutoring.com/aurora/ 

All inquiries contact Narcy Jackson Ph#303-725-0811 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EARLY ADULT EDUCATION (E.A.E.) is a spear forward motivation program. This is our preparation for life after high school program. Our young adults will learn everything from how to interview to preparing meals. These are very important skills for our young adults as they prepare for life beyond high school.  

The summer of 2017 5 young adults are interning for Athletics & Beyond Board of Directors and Executive Director in partnership with the City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development Summer Youth Employment Program. Denver Public Schools Families and Community Engagement (FACE) program. A&B Board members Treasurer Michelle McGee and HR Director Donna Edwards manage this pilot program for A&B. Alumni learned about resume writing, filling out an application, interviewing skills, work culture interaction and career exploration.

Athletics & Beyond Early Adult Education After School Program

Mission

Creating adolescents, who are more prepared to face life’s challenges after high school. Equip with properly trained life-skill tools and knowledge in maintaining independence and freedom in their adult lives without requiring parental or governmental assistance.

Vision

To develop positive life skilled and knowledgeable adolescents who will be equip to handle the everyday challenges encountered in the real world with educational characteristics while incorporating the significance of independence and self-empowerment.

Goals

To teach adolescents the right skills to maintain a checking account, good credit standings, a savings account, financial literacy & budgeting, and caring for one’s independence. With the abilities to understand the requirements and responsibilities considered necessary in applications pertaining to housing rental, school, loans, banking and credit cards and the how-to in furnishing their first apartment, cooking and washing clothing.

Preparation for Life and Living After High School Teaching adolescents the life skills that incorporate the right education, capability and independence to care for themselves. With the knowledge of how to maintain life after High School and the ability to bring the right attitude to any situation.

For more information Contact Michelle 720-220-8836 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.