In alignment with our mission, Urban Land Conservancy owns various nonprofit commercial space throughout metro Denver, with the goal of providing affordable leases to philanthropic organizations below market value. With commercial space in Denver hard to come by, we have seen a growing need in the nonprofit community for affordable office space. Today, over 80% of our tenants are nonprofits – and this has created an incredible space for collaboration and networking. What we didn’t expect was a merger, but that is exactly what happened with two of our tenants at the Tramway Nonprofit Center.

Colorado Youth at Risk (CYAR) is a nonprofit focused on the transformation of youth and their mentors through community-based mentoring and intensive training. Since 1993, CYAR has empowered teenage students with a mission of reducing high school drop out rates and providing a sense of future through mentor ship. CYAR has been a tenant of ULC at Tramway since 2016.

An 8th grade graduation ceremony Photo Courtesy | Denver Urban Scholars
An 8th grade graduation ceremony Photo Courtesy | Denver Urban Scholars

In a similar vein, Denver Urban Scholars partners with high poverty, high performing schools to create pathways to career and college for students. Since 1995, Denver Urban Scholars has provided mentor ship through social, emotional and academic support to increase opportunities for their scholars. To date, Denver Urban Scholars serves over 350 youth in 12 schools throughout metro Denver. They have been a tenant of ULC since 2011.

With similar missions and proven youth development track records, it was announced this fall that Denver Urban Scholars and Colorado Youth at Risk will merge. They will continue to operate under the Denver Urban Scholars name. By combining resources, the two organizations will be able to provide deeper, improved services and programs to Denver youth through stronger mentorship, case management, academic support and financial services.

“We are thrilled to bring the strengths of each program together with an aligned and unified staff,” said Katie Hendrickson, board member of Colorado Youth at Risk. “We aspire to create a stronger program and better outcomes for the young people we serve. The staff, mentors and board members from both programs are thrilled at the opportunity to deepen our impact in this new chapter.”

Local youth participate in a career fair, hosted by Denver Urban Scholars. Photo courtesy | Denver Urban Scholars.
Local youth participate in a career fair, hosted by Denver Urban Scholars. Photo courtesy | Denver Urban Scholars.

Following the merger, the new organization will continue to focus on increasing opportunities for youth, helping Denver-area students find their own personal pathway to a bright and successful future. The organization will continue to serve all 469 students and mentors currently enrolled in both programs through 2018, at which point Denver Urban Scholars will begin implementation of their new strategic vision.

Congratulations to two of our incredible tenants on your recent merger! We have recognized the success of both organizations in the past, and strongly believe you will see even greater success moving forward. We wish you the best in the future!