Almost half of DHA residents are children. Children from low-income families have a greater risk than their peers of dropping out of school, having poor health, and other issues. DHA works with key partners that provide programming to our youth to enhance education, develop leadership skills, and provide a foundation for self-sufficiency.
Denver Housing Authority partners with community based agencies to provide access to after school and summer programming for at-risk youth.
The Bridge Project strives to help children and youth living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods to achieve their academic potential and graduate from high school with the resources necessary to succeed as adults. They strive to be the best built bridge, the premiere program offering excellent After School, Adult, Summer, and Scholarship opportunities. The Bridge Project currently holds youth programming at Columbine Homes, North Lincoln Park, Quigg Newton Homes, and Westwood Homes.
Denver Dream Center hosts the "Youth Academy" after school program for youth at the Westridge Homes community. The "Youth Academy" strives to provide assistance and opportunities for inner-city students to improve in subjects they are currently studying or to acquire new skills. Education and the arts are key in helping students grow to their full potential. The Denver Dream Center "Youth Academy" provides programming at the Mulroy Opportunity Center the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Denver Housing Authority offers access to quality Early Childhood Education in many of its housing developments. DHA partners with organizations such as Catholic Charities, Rocky Mountain SER, and Mile High Early Learning to provide HeadStart on-site for neighborhood children.
Head Start prepares children for kindergarten by enhancing their social and cognitive development through educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services.