YAPA PROMOTES POSITIVE ACTION FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

4800 Telluride Street Building 5

Denver, Colorado 80249

Phone – 720-541-6522

Contact: Cassandra Ernst

Office: 720.423.7229

Email: cassandraernst@yapacolorado.org

PRESS RELEASE

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YAPA PROMOTES POSITIVE ACTION FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

Young Adults for Positive Action is proud to announce our 2015-2016 school year. The YAPA Year will kick off with a community celebration and barbeque on Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We invite you to join us to learn more about our student, family, and community activities and programs.

Founded in 1996, Young Adults for Positive Action is a national organization that provides STEM Education, Leadership Opportunities, Workforce Development Training, and Healthy Living Options to young people and their families within Far Northeast Denver. Young Adults for Positive Action’s programs emphasize leadership development, as it’s paramount to grow leaders within Metro Denver communities to ensure successful neighborhoods. We are committed to consistent application of positive action throughout the area through alignment of YAPA’s partnerships that link opportunities and high outcomes for young people and their families.

Last year, Young Adults for Positive Action began our One Imagination STEAM Leadership Program. The regional program is offered four hours on Saturdays in order to cultivate young artists within the community by integrating foundational STEM skills into their chosen field of art and developing their communication and leadership skills. Over 50 students regularly attended the program and our three showcase presentations brought in over 200 community members at each show. Young Adults for Positive Action was also able to increase awareness and build community advocates in the community through the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Planting the Seed Weekend. During the weekend, over 500 community members attended the conference with over 400 student leaders at the youth conference. We met with students that attended the youth conference on a monthly basis as a follow-up to the conference in January. With this, we not only increased their leadership capabilities, but also explored the assets and needs of youth within the Far Northeast Community. Through our dinner program, we served over 15,000 meals in the 2014-2016 school year at two sites. Our workforce development program allowed us to support over 100 students in workforce development training, internship programs, paid work experience, and summer youth employment. Over 60 students participated in the Summer STEAM Leadership Camp, a three week camp that integrated STEM learning, healthy living, and the arts. Finally, through our partnership with Book Trust, Young Adults for Positive Action was able to support providing over 60,000 books to students in the Far Northeast Community.

This year, Young Adults for Positive Action has a plethora of school and community programs available for youth and families within the Far Northeast and Metro Denver communities. We are proud to announce that we will be continuing the One Imagination STEAM Leadership Program. For more information or to register, please go to: www.yapacolorado.org/one-imagination. Students interested in workforce development opportunities are also welcome to reach out to our coordinator, Marcus Murrell at: marcus_murrell@dpsk12.org to sign up. And if your school is interested in getting your student leader group involved in our Colorado Youth Leadership Institute, please reach out to Cassandra Ernst at: cassandraernst@yapacolorado.org. Young Adults for Positive Action also supports students and families through connecting them with necessary wraparound services, please reach out to Cassandra Ernst at: cassandraernst@yapacolorado.org if you need assistance or connect with one of our Zoom Sites. Please read the community calendar below to find out ways that you can be further involved.

We invite you to join us in celebrating positive outcomes!