GroovyTek takes a personalized approach anchored in respect and patience to help folks become confident navigating personal technology independently and on their own terms.
GroovyTek is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
Program Evaluation: We would like to evaluate our consulting model and workshops for efficacy and reach with our clients.
Curriculum Development/Internship: We would like to explore the potential of developing a mentorship program between college-aged students and older generations who need help using personal technology.
Creative Works: We would like to partner with DU Faculty/Student teams who see a need for our services either internally or externally with community groups you engage with.
The mission of the Colorado Young Leaders is to develop young people’s leadership skills through their dynamic leadership process; to inspire a sense of adventure through meaningful service-learning opportunities in the local community; and to create community for young people to live out their discovered skills and passions.
Colorado Young Leaders is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following project:
Program Evaluation/ Data Analysis: We are currently finalizing our logic model and evaluation rubric. We would like feedback and guidance on implementing the evaluation framework and would like assistance in analyzing some of the baseline data.
Women’s Bean Project is a non-profit organization that changes women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.
Women’s Bean Project (WBP) is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
Information Dissemination: We would like help updating our strategic communications by creating personalized value propositions applicable to today’s hiring landscape for current and future community partners and potential employees. We’d like to update our collateral (e.g. flyers, website, social media, etc.) to reflect these identified value propositions for each audience.
Program Evaluation: We want help measuring the efficacy of programs offered at WBP. We have quantitative evaluation data that we need help synthesizing from some of our programs. Are the learning objectives being met? What is the value? How can we measure all program impacts from our diverse partners? What’s working and what needs to change?
Research Design / Data Collection: We would like someone to continue the work of a previous consultant who focused on answering the following research question: What is keeping women who hear the WBP presentation from applying, or who are asked to interview from showing up on the first day?
One recommendation includes hosting a design thinking-inspired workshop with WBP participants to gather information about word of mouth referrals, ideas for info sharing, potential incentives, and the competitive advantage (i.e. “magic”) of the organization in comparison to other comparable community organizations. More information provided upon request.
Internship: Help us create a new process flow as we redesign a more expedited program process for hiring at WBP. We would like help working with our partners to prepare and plan for this change as well. Our goal is to make sure our new hires are able to take full advantage of our partner’s available programs (Dress for Success, Financial Literacy, free Eye Exams) without having to wait months to a year for the next program session.
The mission of the Empowerment Program is to provide education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system.
Empowerment Program is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
Research Design/ Data Collection/ Data Analysis: Our research embraces new thinking about the capacity for violence and is dedicated to the prevention of bullying, violence and trauma. We have developed a theory on the Prevention of Violence and Trauma and a screening instrument to increase awareness of an individual’s capacity for violence. We need help researching the instrument so the instrument can earn an evidence base. The instrument needs to be validated – this would include an IRB, regression analysis and other statistical expertise.
The main mission of Tinsae is to organize and support single moms living in the State of Colorado so that they can become self-sufficient. The organization provides counseling services and supports single moms to overcome crisis and become successful in their future life with their children.
Tinsae is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
Grant Writing (MATCHED): We would like a student to assist us with grant writing to support our Educational Program. Through various classes, this program aims to teach and encourage the single moms to overcome crisis following the divorce/family loss and help them to become successful in their future life with their children. The intern will work directly with the Executive Director.
Internship: The intern will assist us with our fundraising efforts for our Educational Program. Through various classes, this program aims to teach and encourage the single moms to overcome crisis following the divorce/family loss and help them to become successful in their future life with their children. The intern will work directly with the Executive Director to develop a fundraising strategy for the organization, identify potential donors, plan fundraising events, etc.
Information Dissemination: We are looking for a self-motivated communications intern to manage the organization’s internal and external communications. This includes updating and maintaining Tinsae’s social media presence, creating and managing an online blog, designing event flyers, updating the Tinsae website, etc.
Internship: The Nonprofit Management Intern will directly support the Executive Director (ED) with administrative and operational tasks in support of Tinsae’s mission. The intern will manage the ED’s schedule and appointments, plan and execute events, provide general support to visitors, collaborate with ED and Board Members on new ideas for the organization’s direction.
Colorado Young Leaders works to develop young people’s leadership skills through our dynamic leadership process; to inspire a sense of adventure through meaningful service-learning opportunities in the local community; and to create community for young people to live out their discovered skills and passions.
Project Helping strives to improve mental wellness through kyndfulness which includes volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, and gratitude.
Project Helping is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following project:
Research Design/Program Evaluation: Develop a research study of our members measuring the health and wellness benefits of practicing gratitude and kyndfulness. We would like to develop a scalable way to measure the impacts of wellbeing that explore correlations with healthcare spending, productivity, employee turnover, retention and recruitment etc.
Women of Denver‘s mission is to connect and inspire 100,000 women through their educational events and progressive thought-leadership, so they can acquire the knowledge and confidence to earn their worth.
Women Of Denver is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects (CURRENTLY ON HOLD FOR PARTNERSHIPS):
Research Design/ Data Collection: We’re partnering with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for a spring research project to gauge Colorado women’s confidence when it comes to their career and financial picture. We would compare the data on a generational level to consider if confidence varies by generation.
Questions in the survey would include things such as: Have you in the past 5 years asked for a raise at work? Do you feel you’re earning what you’re worth? Are you comfortable discussing your achievements with leaders and peers? Do you feel you are worthy of a higher level career or job? Do you regularly speak up in meetings?
The Episcopal Church in Colorado is a diverse community of 104 worshiping communities (30,000 members) with a common faith. However you got here, wherever you are in your faith journey, we hope you find ways to connect and deepen your faith.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:
Literature Review/Research Design/ Data Collection (MATCHED): Conduct a Needs/Assets Assessment of all social ministries who are members of The Episcopal Church in Colorado (Especially as it is related to collective impact through the Anchor Institution model).
Literature Review: How do you create a social network of cooperatives that has community impact and exchanges services with one another?
Information Dissemination: Develop communication piece(s) to explain anchor institutions and address perceived barriers to achieving this mission for internal congregation leaders and members and for community members who are not direct members of the Church.
Literature Review: Research precedent anchor institutions that we can learn from and adapt to our Colorado community (e.g. faith-based anchor institutions?).
Literature Review (MATCHED): Research how churches can shift from a service model to an asset based community development model that impacts structural issues and inequities.
Policy Analysis: Analysis on institutional change to better understand what steps institutions can take to acknowledge past harms (e.g. racism), promote healing, and become more inclusive moving into the future.
Research Design/ Data Collection: Study on Church-based land developments to address community needs (e.g. creation of affordable housing on church-owned land).
Literature Review/ Data Collection: How can congregations apply a Collective Impact approach to better understand community needs and strategies to address them?
Across Denver, the rising population and reinvestment in core urban neighborhoods often reverberates with traffic congestion and capital construction projects that directly impact the lives of local residents. In the face of urban growth and change, how can local governments and community organizations meaningfully engage residents to help raise their voices and influence actions that will directly impact their daily lives? Photovoice is one approach, a process that combines photography, documentary, and action for residents to reflect upon and record community strengths and concerns, document their relevant lived experience, and promote dialogue in a forum that reaches decision-makers. In the summer of 2018, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students from the University of Denver partnered with The GrowHaus to lead a photovoice process to better understand how youth residents experience the immense changes occurring in North Denver, specifically the extensive ongoing construction projects in their community (to learn more about the project process click here). The youth’s photographs and narratives of their experiences of construction exhibited powerful evidence of the very real changes occurring in their community. At the 2018 photovoice project exhibit at the Wellington Webb building, the youth’s photos were displayed for community members and government officials to view and the youth sat down with Councilman Albus Brooks and Exec. Director of NDCC, Tim Sandos, to share their insights and calls to action informed by their photos.
The 2018 North Denver Photovoice Project arose through a partnership, beginning in 2017, between North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), an initiative of the City and County of Denver Mayor’s Office, The GrowHaus, an urban farm focused on providing the North Denver community with better access to and education about nutritious food, Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) at the University of Denver, and PCs for People which provided computers for the youth participating in the project. The partners coalesced around The GrowHaus’ aim to engage youth in enacting community change, NDCC’s desire to meaningfully include resident voices about change in their community, and CCESL’s vision of university-community collaboration and interest in researching photovoice as a process of community engagement. The 2017 North Denver Photovoice Project was the first effort by the partnership to explore photovoice as a meaningful community engagement process (click here to read about the 2017 project launch – p. 9, and here to read a DU student’s reflection on the project – p.9). Not only did the 2017 project bloom into a second iteration the following summer, but it branched into another partnership between the City and County of Denver Smart City Program, Vision Zero Coalition, and CCESL, which formed to better understand how residents experience traffic safety along Denver’s busy Federal Boulevard (click here to learn more about the 2018 Federal Boulevard Photovoice Project). The GrowHaus and interdisciplinary team at the University of Denver are committed to strengthening their partnership and are currently engaged in planning efforts for summer 2019 youth programming.