1990s

1990-93 BOULDER COLLAGE MUSEUM – JLD volunteers were involved in every aspect of founding and creating this museum which opened in February, 1991, to serve 25,000 children, 2-14 years old, in the Boulder County and Denver metro area. JLD volunteers developed and maintained an exhibit, as well as assisted with research, staffing and management. $55,500

1990-96 CURTIS PARK COMMUNITY CENTER – The Center offers programs dealing with gangs, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, school dropouts, unemployment, homelessness and child abuse. The JLD committee acted as aides in the pre-school summer day camp, and also planned curriculum and weekly classroom special events for children brought to the Shelter Day Care from Denver area homeless shelters during the year. In addition, the committee distributes necessities and information to mothers and newborns. A JLD volunteer worked with a skills bank to match community volunteers with the needs of the Center. In 1994, volunteers also began assisting with a new parent involvement program to draw parents to the center. Volunteers worked with Curtis Park staff to further develop its volunteer base in 1996. $200,100.

1990-91 DENVER YOUTH RESTITUTION AND VOLUNTEER NETWORK (DYRVN) – The JLD worked with DYRVN to promote a community-wide collaboration to help youth fulfill their court-ordered restitution. Volunteers worked with the Denver Public Schools to coordinate a tutoring program using offenders to tutor second graders. Other JLD volunteers developed a slide show and volunteer recruitment materials. The third sub-committee developed a letter and mailing list to potential employers. $14,200

1990-93 SEWALL COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN – This project served as a model program for families to focus on parenting skills and positive family interaction with their infants and pre-schoolers with developmental delays and disabilities. This was hands-on work with children. $63,750

1991-95 ADULT LEARNING SOURCE (Family Literacy Program) – Focused on improving the economic and educational well being of Denver women and their children by raising reading levels necessary to function in everyday life and/or assisting them to attain a GED; in addition to academic skills, these women were provided with workshops in family life and communication, self esteem and job readiness. This innovative model program focused on the development of academic and relationship skills in the context of a family group. $67,750.

1991-96 DOCTOR’S CARE – Volunteers computerized the Doctors Care program which was designed by the Arapahoe Medical Society to provide health care for the medically indigent population in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert Counties. Volunteers screened and interviewed indigent clients to assess qualification for Doctors Care program and developed and implemented a marketing plan to increase the visibility of the clinic, increase the number of participating volunteer physicians and develop a strong community volunteer base. $96,950

1991-95 KEMPE CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION (RECAP/Community Caring Programs) – The primary goal of JLD volunteers was to reduce the trauma of extra-familial sexual abuse to children and their parents. Objectives were to provide assessment of the emotional state of the abused child; to provide short-term treatment of children, ages 3-11; to provide information, guidance and counseling to parents; to further validate allegations of abuse and coordinate with law enforcement personnel. Volunteers ran the video camera and set-up the room for therapy sessions. $120,520

1991- SAFEHOUSE FOR BATTERED WOMEN (now SafeHouse Denver) – Committee members develop and coordinate semi-structured activities for children of SafeHouse residents. They also developed an activity handbook for mothers so that ideas may be shared with parents and other local shelters. Grants to date total $160,520.

1991-93 YOUTH TRAIN – Volunteers worked with Denver and Aurora juvenile courts to coordinate services to youth and their families who have been affected by gangs. JLD goals were to assist parents in developing better parent/child relationships; provide counseling and other services needed by youths referred to the program by the juvenile court system and to deter gang involvement through education. $45,000

1992-95 PUBLIC EDUCATION COALITION – A project utilizing JLD Facilitators to assist the Denver Public Schools (DPS) system toward organized, productive meetings and collaborative decision-making between school administration, parents, faculty and principals, targeting five DPS elementary schools. No JLD funds were used.

1992-95 YMCA: EARTH SERVICE CORPS – Volunteers assisted high school students across the metro area as they created, designed and implemented environmental projects and seminars. Students put together a promotion plan and then arranged special events with the support of teachers, principals, YMCA staff and JLD volunteers. $68,200.

1992-93 GLOBAL ACTION PLAN: ECOTEAMS – This program sought to bring together businesses or individual households into environmental balance in the areas of recycling, water and energy conservation, transportation, conscientious shopping and empowering others. Volunteers established a speakers bureau and worked with the media to promote the program to businesses and organizations. This agency ceased operation in Colorado in the Fall of 1994, terminating the project. $30,000.

1992 CENTER FOR HEARING, SPEECH &”entity”>amp; LANGUAGE: SPEAK (School Preparation for Environmentally Affected Kids) Project – Volunteers assist in site identification and program promotion as well as teach classes in pre-academic learning stimulation to parents and children. This project is an innovative language stimulation and school preparatory program targeted toward working poor children. It addresses those children who otherwise may be labeled as slow when they begin school and, as a result, never catch up with the rest of the class. Grants to date total $117,600.

1992-95 COLORADO ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (CAEE) – Volunteers helped promote Think Earth by designing a flyer, developing target lists of school educators and teachers, and by coordinating and designing two seminars during the first year of the project. Volunteers also promoted other curricula, including wildlife education and forestry. Volunteers conducted a survey of teachers and principals to determine environmental education resources currently being utilized in classrooms and determine future resources needed. Project ended October 1, 1995. $35,500.

1994-95 COMMUNITY HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES (CHO) – CHO counsels the occupants of two apartment buildings on how to become economically self-sufficient with the ultimate goal of home ownership to ensure family cohesiveness and neighborhood stabilization. JLD volunteers tutored and counseled in such areas as GED preparation, learning English, and budgeting, and were involved in planning and materials acquisition for CHO’s day care center. $60,000.

1994 FAMILY RESOURCE SCHOOLS (FRS) – In partnership with Denver Public Schools (DPS), the City of Denver, businesses, community organizations and foundations, JLD volunteers work to enhance the programming and activities of two inner-city elementary schools with the objective of increasing student achievement with community and parental involvement. Volunteers work with school staff, parents, Collaborative Decision Making Teams and students. Activities for the parents and students in the early childhood education and kindergarten classes are a primary focus of the volunteers; library acquisitions and teacher and community appreciation events are also planned and implemented. Grants to date total $192,000.

1994-96 GIRLS COUNT, PARENTING OUR DAUGHTERS – This began as a portion of a collaborative effort of The Women’s Foundation, U.S.West Women, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and others seeking to impact the educational achievement and economic futures of girls and address gender-equity issues. Through parent training sessions, JLD volunteers in the Boulder area targeted parent groups, tested, fine-tuned and evaluated a curriculum teaching parents to encourage their daughters to study math and science and pursue all career paths. $46,080

1994 KEMPE COMMUNITY CARING, – This project is a mentoring program that assigns a JLD volunteer to a first-time mother within 48 hours of the birth of her child. The volunteer assesses the family’s parenting preparedness and mentors the new mother in the first year of child rearing. Volunteers also coordinate social and educational programs for the new mothers. In 1995, JLD volunteers began assisting in a new study in which mothers view and discuss films of themselves interacting with their infants. Grants to date total $49,995.

1995 DAMEN HOUSE – JLD volunteers working through this residential facility for families who have been traumatized by homelessness and/or unhealthy relationships, help moms strengthen relationships within their families, provide a safe environment for children to build a similar family and community relationship and provide school readiness and education enrichment programs and activities for the children. Grants to date total $48,000.

1995 WARREN VILLAGE WITHOUT WALLS – Working in three components, JLD volunteers explored ways of expanding the Warren Village concept to others in the community, worked with the Warren Village Resident Council to develop leadership training programs, and worked with Warren Village residents and alumni to provide families with family enrichment education and activities. Grants to date total $50,000.

1996 ARAPAHOE HOUSE – New Directions for Families is one of 5 programs in the country to provide intensive, residential drug rehabilitation for mothers while allowing their children to remain with them. JLD volunteers work directly with families, assist them with self sufficiency, model appropriate behavior and interactions with children, suggest alternative discipline, promote reading and assist in the use of resources. Volunteers also interact with businesses in setting up internships for the mothers, helping with interviewing skills, etc. Grants to date total $14,000.

1996 BRIGHT BEGINNINGS-WARM WELCOME – This program’s goal is to make Colorado the best place for a child to be born and raised. Volunteers work in the home visitation component and help to recruit and train community agencies to start their own Warm Welcome programs. Grants to date total $27,000.

1996 DECATUR PLACE – This is a transitional housing community for low-income, single-parent, at-risk families with young children. The goal of the program is to provide residents with information and skills to support a functional family life after leaving Decatur Place. League volunteers facilitate classes, tutor small children in self esteem, teaching job survival skills, etc., as well as provide extended, individualized mentoring to families selected from the residents. Grants to date: $39,000