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In addition to all the great food and awesome entertainment at the 2013 Safe Summer Kickoff next weekend, the event will also be an opportunity for citizens to find out more about the agencies, organizations and service providers who are working hard to make Denver a great place for you and your family to live, learn and love.

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Meet a few of the organizations you’ll be getting to know at the Kickoff, Saturday, June 1st from 11AM to 3PM!

Casa Milagro was founded to provide tools and problem solving skills to at-risk kids in under represented communities who are impacted by direct or indirect abuse or neglect. Since these kids don’t always have great role models available, Casa Milagro presents interactive plays that help them understand that there are realistic ways for them to take control of situations and change negative behaviors to positive outcomes. At this summer’s event, Casa Milatro will focus on connecting with other organizations. Millie Duran, the organization’s Chair explains, “We want to bring our plays to organizations that deal with our kids, like the Boys and Girls Clubs, or schools, or even detention centers. We’ve had really great results reaching both kids and their parents too, and helping them get involved with making better decisions around the issues of gang violence and other issues they have to deal with in their families, schools, and neighborhoods.” Find out more about partnering with Casa Milagro to bring their unique, exciting presentations to your organization at casamilagroyouthsolutions.org.


9t05 Colorado works for equal pay for women, and economic security for our families. They got involved with Safe Summer this year because they have a special program addressing public transportation in the Westwood neighborhood, an issue with direct or indirect links to pedestrian safety (important with kids playing at home this summer), and job security (getting to and from work). According to Zoe Williams, who leads 9to5 Colorado’s transit team, the organization hopes to get feedback from local residents about the changes to their neighborhood instigated by the the expansion of public transportation options in Westwood. To do so, they’ll be conducting surveys of community members at the Kickoff, and talking one-on-one with citizens about the impact improved transportation will have on their jobs and lives. For more information about 9to5 Colorado’s transportation initiatives, and how the organization works for working families and women, visit them on teh Web at 9to5.org/local-chapters/9to5-colorado.
Denver Parks and Recreation is working hard to keep our kids “safe, healthy and off the streets,” this summer according to Connie Larscheidt, a Recreation Supervisor for the Parks and Rec department. They’re joining us at the Kickoff this year to promote Southwest Denver’s regional Recreation Centers, including the Athmar, Barnum, and Harvey Park Centers, and to get the word out about the new MY Denver Card. The MY Denver card is for kids aged 5 to 18 and provides free access to swimming pools, and other Rec Center facilities, and functions as your child’s new library card. Plus, there’s special MY Denver programming at selected Recreation Centers throughout the summer from noon ’til 4pm, Monday through Friday (including the 85 events celebrating the 85% of our kids who say no to drinking and drugs). For more information about Denver’s awesome Rec Centers, email Connie.Larscheidt@denvergov.org, or drop by the booth next Saturday to pick up flyers and brochures, or speak to one of the Department’s bilingual staff members.


Find out more about the organizations participating in Denver’s Safe Summer 2013, by calling Jodi Lockhart at 720-944-2839, or emailing jodi.lockhart@denvergov.org.

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