COMPASS is a community of agencies working collaboratively to provide after school programs to youth in Aurora, Colorado. COMPASS is coordinated by the City of Aurora and Aurora Public Schools. COMPASS understands that without structured, supervised activities in the after school hours, youth are at greater risk of being victims of crime or participating in anti-social behaviors. They also understand that quality after school programs lead to improved attitudes toward school, better study habits, increased attendance and improved grades and test scores. We are proud to partner with COMPASS in four Elementary schools, five Middle Schools, and two High Schools in Aurora with our after school programs.
The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving life in Metro Denver through inspiring people and mobilizing resources to strengthen the community. Community foundations are endowments - permanent pools of money contributed by donors to benefit a specific geographic area. In 2010, The Foundation awarded $69 million to non-profit organizations.
Xcel Energy is an excellent community partner for many Colorado organizations, and KidsTek is proud to be one of them.
Westwood College funds our Cisco academy track at High Tech Early College and North HS. This is a great example of a collaboration between Public, Non-Profit, and Private organizations to provide high-impact programs at the high school level. These courses tought in these programs culminate in an opportunity to receive highly sought after Cisco certifications and college credit for students while they are still in high school.
The Best Buy Children's Foundation is funded by Best Buy retail store operations and special event fundraising. The Foundation is committed to providing access to opportunities for teens through technology. We are proud to be one of Best Buy's grant receipients.
SOAR Schools is a new network of public charter schools committed to providing exceptional educational opportunities to students in Far Northeast Denver. All SOAR schools offer an innovative, holistic approach to education that includes an academically rigorous curriculum, a mandatory extended school day, and daily enrichment opportunities. At SOAR schools all staff members are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children, so that they in turn, will grow into socially responsible citizens who will make a difference in the world. KidsTek is offering after school programs to all of the SOAR grades in their Green Valley Ranch elementary school, and is proud to be a part of this innovative educational initiative.
University Prep opened in August of 2011 with one focus – to educate every kindergarten through fifth grade child for a college degree. University Prep is a tuition-free public charter school and is part of Denver Public Schools. They focus on college the second a child walks through their doors. With elements of college culture incorporated into each classroom and two college campus visits per year, each U Prep scholar is on the path to a four year college degree. This school represents the essence of the KidsTek mission and we are delighted to be the exclusive after school program at this innovative school located at 24th Avenue and Arapahoe St. in the Curtis Park neighborhood.
The Morgridge Family Foundation has been supporting our Cisco certification programs in Aurora for several years, and is a major funder of innovative STEM based educational programs throughout the United States. Carrie Morgridge and her team really understand the value of teaching technology skills that prepare kids for positions in the 21st century workforce, and we are proud to be a receipient of their funding and advice.