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In the November issue of 5280, we published “Our Town,” an in-depth look at homelessness in the Mile High City. One portion highlighted a few of the programs that Denver uses to address homelessness—from housing first initiatives to the Denver Voice and the city's camping ordinace—and ranked their...
December 1 2015, 3:25 PM
One of Project VOYCE's recent classes. Courtesy of PV.
Most high school valedictorians head to their next academic destination full of confidence that they can handle anything that comes their way. Candi CdeBaca’s experience was considerably more humbling.
After CdeBaca finished at the top of her class at Manual High School in 2004, she moved to...
November 9 2015, 9:30 AM
DPS students gather around a lettuce bed. —Photo courtesy of McCall Burau of Lucky Malone Photography
For many, gathering around the table for dinner constitutes the only few free moments to eliminate distractions and spend quality time together as a family. For others, grabbing a bite and some coffee is the best way to catch up with a friend. No matter how you look at it, food seems to be at the...
October 23 2015, 12:00 PM
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Even though it's Colorado's third-biggest city, Aurora can often seem virtually forgotten compared to its neighbors. And as usual, the children are most in danger of being left behind.
The numbers are grim: Fewer than one in 10 schoolchildren who start kindergarten in Aurora will go on to...
October 7 2015, 9:05 AM
Hollywood agents would never cast Zach Cheikho in the stereotypical rebel role. The 16-year-old maintains a 3.5 GPA at Denver’s South High School and speaks in a measured manner that brings to mind airport public service announcements. With his glossy, dark-rimmed glasses, he seems more likely to...
Fourth Annual Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi's Kidz Invitational Scramble; Photo courtesy of KB Digital Design
Diplomas & Dreams Tour: Take just an hour out of your day to learn about Denver Kids, an organization that supports Denver Public School students who face personal challenges in higher risk environments. Many of the Denver Kids graduates are the first in their family to finish high...
July 13 2015, 11:55 AM
“Who can be sad when they could be thinking about waffles?” says Riley O’Connell with a grin. It’s a whimsical line from her poem titled, “Thinking About Waffles,” which doesn’t prepare listeners for the intelligent and painful tale that follows. A fresh-faced senior at Regis Jesuit High School, O’...
March 25 2015, 1:15 PM