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Digging It

My husband and I started backyard gardening for fun, but mostly because we love to eat. We were first-time homeowners, without children, and we had this small expanse of land (a tiny back yard) that seemed to be a perfect... Read More

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumni to Mentor Youth

Youth involved at Swansea, Stapleton, and St. Charles recreation centers are gearing up for a month filled with leadership development provided by the Denver Metro Chamber of Leadership Foundation in March! Youth will be involved with “Sandwiches with the Pros”... Read More

LiveWell Colorado: Looking Toward the Future

We have exciting news to share. In our first five years, LiveWell Colorado worked with partners across the state to make significant strides toward obesity prevention. Collectively, we increased awareness of the issue of obesity, mobilized champions and started a... Read More

Social Interaction Through Art

While Walter Macias may have only been working at St. Charles Recreation Centers as MY Denver staff or six months, he spent a year before that volunteering with enrichment programs and grew up in the neighborhood surrounding St. Charles. He also currently lives just a couple of blocks from the recreation center. It’s clear he’s passionate

I Started to Realize I Had Value

Elvis grew up in the Swansea neighborhood of North Denver. From coaching volleyball to teaching break dancing and graffiti art classes, he’s been active in working as a youth advocate and mentor since he was a teenager. He’s seen the positive influence programs

Youth Need to See Respect to Show Respect

Jackie moved to Globeville when she was nine years old and has worked for the City of Denver since she was fourteen, starting with the Summer Youth Program at the Globeville Recreation Center. She worked at the Stapleton Recreation Center even before working for MY Denver and was one of the first MY Denver staff hired

Don’t Yuck My Yum

Youth in Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, and Northeast Denver have been improving their healthy cooking skills through Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters for Teens class at St. Charles and Stapleton Recreation Centers. Cooking Matters Colorado is a partner in the GSK IMPACT... Read More

Celebrate a Healthy Valentine’s Day This Year

Take a minute to think about the best valentine you’ve ever received. What flashed through your mind? A note? A gift? Chocolate or candy? While our culture struggles to separate food—especially sugary sweets—from major holidays and celebrations, Valentine’s Day presents... Read More

Empty School Becomes a Community and Recreation Center in Huerfano County

In 2009, the Huerfano School District closed Washington Intermediate School, which had served students for more than 70 years. While the children began attending another K-8 school in the community, the old Washington School site sat nearly empty. That is,... Read More

Steamboat Springs’ Safe Routes to School Program Gains Momentum

“Steamboat Springs is very bike friendly, but everyone still likes their suburbans,” says Sally Cariveau, Steamboat Springs School District’s Safe Routes to School coordinator. To tackle the challenges presented by a largely rural population, the district has established “Hike and... Read More