Challenge Denver

Challenge Denver provides middle and high school students with social emotional programming designed to create healthy school environments where students feel understood, accepted, and connected.

Challenge Denver is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Program Evaluation: We would like help designing an evaluation to measure effectiveness of our partnerships with other community organizations in meeting our partner school’s needs.
  • Curriculum Development (MATCHED): Review our “Be the Change” curriculum from the past 13 years and provide updates. Also help us connect to organizations that can support student-directed initiatives. There is also opportunity to deliver the updated curriculum to students. 

Realm of Caring

Realm of Caring Foundation empowers people to take control of their health and enhance their quality of life by providing cannabinoid research initiatives in addition to educational programs and services.

Realm of Caring is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Information Dissemination: The Creative Intern helps plan and complete projects to support fundraising, graphic design, marketing, social media, and website initiatives. Projects may involve any media (print, audio, web, video, etc). Under direction of various staff members, the Creative Intern must understand what is needed, produce quality deliverables, and accept comments to reach a final design. This position reports to the Outreach Director.
  • Grant Writing: The Grant Writing Intern seeks out and applies for grants pertaining to Realm of Caring’s mission. The intern will learn about key business operations, cannabis science, broad healthcare issues, and essential funding sources for non-profits. The Grant Writing Intern reports to the Operations Director.
  • Information Dissemination: The Social Media Intern crafts and executes engaging campaigns and posts to effectively communicate Realm of Caring’s mission with the world. The intern completes their responsibilities with direction and cooperation from other team members, while also monitoring relevant statistics: reach, followers, etc. This position reports to the Outreach Director.
  • Information Dissemination (MATCHED): The Realm of Caring is reorganizing and rethinking their current website. A Web Strategy Intern would contribute to website design and functionality. In collaboration with other team members, the intern defines and implements upgrades and modifications to the website front end, back-end, and underlying framework while prioritizing a friendly user experience. This position reports to the Technology and Data Director. 
  • Research Design (MATCHED): Data Analyst and/or Psychometrician Intern would work under the guidance of our Research Coordinator and Technology Director, contributing to one or more of the five ongoing collaborative initiatives with Johns Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson University, Colorado State University, Harvard University, UPENN, and Palo Alto Veterans Affairs. They would be assisting in our recruitment and potentially analyzing existing data sets. We currently use several validated measures in an active and ongoing Observational Research Registry, but there is an opportunity for a psychometrician intern to work with our research team on some current measurements, especially around cannabinoid therapy and health outcomes. 
  • Internship: The Business Intern position is an opportunity to gain real-world experience while being a productive member of a non-profit. Interns will learn about key operations with approved quality product companies that pass a rigorous quality checklist, cannabis science, and broad healthcare issues. They will gain understanding of the functions, goals, and workings of the nonprofit sector. The Business Intern reports to the Operations Director.

PC’s for People

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet.

PC’s for People is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Program Evaluation: Implement a pre- and post-assessment to measure the impact of providing computers in students homes who did not have the money to purchase one and did not have one previously
  • Data Collection: What information and/or experience helps a person feel confident in purchasing internet and technology?
  • Literature Review/ Research Design: What level of education/competence is needed to make computer use most beneficial? Are there certain best practices that allow a person to use that technology better (e.g. resources, classes)?
  • Policy Review: What government policies for internet inclusion would grow the market for low cost internet on refurbished computers? (e.g. San Antonio has a goal for 95% of families to have internet in their home by 2020.)
  • Policy Review: What are some effective policies that would influence CO to recycle e-waste? CO currently has a 12% e-waste recycling rate vs 30% average in the nation.
  • Literature Review/Data Collection: How do you get more corporate entities to donate technology waste? Do they need green goals? Do they need to better learn the value of their technology? How do we rethink corporate giving? (e.g. Case studies for current corporate tech donators)
  • Research Design: Environmental scan to see what types of refurbishing and e-waste recycling is happening across the country. Create a set of criteria to identify current efforts, established recycling orgs, and identify what needs they have (e.g. software needs, full recycling effort)
  • Literature Review: What makes a trailblazer city within the digital inclusion/digital equity movement (according to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance)?
  • Research Design/ Data Collection: How do you set up connection points for technology and internet access in Denver Metro? Are there small technology hubs that people are accessing and that PCs for People can help resource (e.g family resource centers, recreation centers)?

Nature Kids/ Jovenes de la Naturaleza

Nature Kids/ Jovenes de la Naturaleza builds Earth Stewardship by providing joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences that foster an emotional connection to nature.

Nature Kids (NKJN) is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects (CURRENTLY ON HOLD FOR PARTNERSHIPS:

  • Program Evaluation/ Research Design (MATCHED): NKJN would like to better understand the higher-level impacts of our full continuum of scaffolded pre-k to high school, backyard to backcountry, and family integrated programming on participants. We would like a researcher to identify gaps in analysis from our current data (Year 1 Report available), suggest new research to measure additional program impacts, and confirm and/or contribute to evidence-based research exploring the impacts of human-nature connection.
    Current areas of interest to NKJN include, but are not limited to:
    1. Health and Wellness (Positive Youth Development, mental health,pro-social behavior)
    2. Student Outcomes (achievement,motivation/concentration, cognitive functioning, identity towards nature/science, career and leadership, etc.)
    3. Community Engagement (involvement with env-related civic processes, belonging, motivation to care for community spaces)
    4. Access(actual and perceived, including nature identity and cultural relevancy)

My Quiet Cave

My Quiet Cave works to create a space for mental health and faith by providing workshops for faith leaders and facilitating in-person and online groups for those affected by mental disorder. 

My Quiet Cave is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

  • Program Evaluation: Would like to better assess the impacts of our 9-week Overcome facilitated group sessions on participants and facilitators (currently have a post-assessment and are interested in Qualitative evaluation methods).
  • Information Dissemination: Interested in learning how we can improve our outreach to faith-based leaders to engage in mental health education workshops and individuals with mental health issues to engage in Overcome groups.

Metro Denver Nature Alliance

Metro Denver Nature Alliance (Metro DNA) is a growing coalition of non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners seeking to align nature-based efforts toward more equitable access to nature and to promote healthy people, communities, and natural places.

Metro DNA is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following projects:

Equity in Action = In March 2019, Metro DNA adopted a set of Equity Principles + Commitments to guide our collaborative conservation and environmental education network. The Equity in Action project will activate our plans for resource sharing, ongoing learning and training, and leadership development in equity + conservation.

  • Literature Review / Policy Review We are looking for a “deep dive” into Metro DNA’s Equity Principles + Commitments that explores the theories and experiences behind each statement and informs how we operationalize them as an organization (e.g., decision making processes, structure, representation in leadership) and craft training opportunities for partners.
    • Key partners – Butterfly Pavilion, EcoInclusive, cityWILD, National Parks Conservation Association, Denver Zoo

Nature Narratives = Nature Narratives is Metro DNA’s collective storytelling project, providing opportunities for partner organizations to elevate our work and the ways we are promoting healthier people, communities, and natural places in metro Denver. The project is also helping us define a shared story of our ongoing efforts to make the metro Denver region a thriving place for people and for nature. 

  • Information Dissemination Using the existing interview data (recordings and coded transcripts), produce a series of partner highlights and thematic stories to be used in blog posts, newsletters, and social media. Explore producing additional Nature Narratives podcast episodes, short videos, and other content.
    • Key partners – The Alliance Center, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Next 100 Coalition, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
  • Data Collection/Data Analysis Continue in-person interviews with Metro DNA partners, using the framework created in 2019, as part of new partner onboarding and orientation, to expand our database of partner stories for content creation, and to further refine our shared vision.
    • Key partners – Visible Network Labs, Climate Courage

Regional Vision for People + Nature = Metro DNA began facilitating conversations toward a Regional Vision in 2016-17 with the Trust for Public Land. We are now working on a Regional Conservation Assessment, which will use existing information and planning documents to identify high quality, connected, and climate-resilient habitat across the metro area. This work supports the development of a more comprehensive and conservation-forward approach to land use planning that strengthens connectivity and equitable access to nature, protects important wildlife habitat, and maximizes the use of nature-based solutions like green infrastructure.

  • Literature Review / Policy Review We want to understand what conservation and management (land, habitat, species, natural areas, etc.) plans, priorities, and strategies are currently in effect across the seven metro Denver counties and larger municipalities. How can Metro DNA best connect and leverage existing work?
    • Key partners – The Nature Conservancy, Biohabitats, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute
  • Data Analysis (Geospatial Analysis)Using the existing Metro DNA Mapping Portal, produce maps and infographics that communicate the urgency of regional planning, significant opportunities and challenges with respect to equitable access to nature and habitat conservation, and the cultural and ecological diversity that define the region.
    • Key partners – Trust for Public Land

STEW-MAP = The Denver Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) will answer the question: What are the social and spatial (geographic) interactions among groups that conserve, manage, monitor, advocate for, and educate the public about their local environments? This project adds a social layer of information to biophysical information on green infrastructure in the metro area. It will also uncover gaps in action, knowledge, and resources, which will inform continued collaboration, research, and project implementation.

  • Literature Review We are implementing STEW-MAP in Denver not only as a research project, but in order to develop and launch an effective partner discovery and engagement tool. We want to understand how STEW-MAP has been implemented, received, and used in other cities in order to maximize its utility in Denver and advance the science.
    • Key partners – US Forest Service (Rocky Mountain Research Station), CU Denver (College of Architecture & Planning, School of Public Affairs), Denver Parks & Recreation (Forestry)

SSKO-GO Day = Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day (SSKO-GO Day) is a free, family-friendly event hosted annually by the SouthWest Denver Coalition, Metro DNA, and Denver Parks & Recreation to promote access to healthy and safe outdoor spaces, support under-resourced communities, and celebrate nature exploration. Entering our second year of partnership, we are interested in deepening relationships in the community around Garfield Lake Park (Westwood), exploring opportunities to add value and connect with communities throughout Southwest Denver and the metro area, and inform state-wide investments in outdoor recreation and community well-being.

  • Literature Review / Policy Review We want to understand what mission-related events and programs are active across the seven metro Denver counties and larger municipalities, across Colorado, and in other metro areas (e.g., Salt Lake City, Portland, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles). What opportunities are there to grow SSKO-GO Day and empower our local partners to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the region and the state? 
    • Key partners – SouthWest Denver Coalition, Denver Parks & Recreation, CO Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, Colorado Public Health and Parks & Recreation Collaborative, Colorado Department of Health & Environment, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, National Park Service (Intermountain Region), US Forest Service (Rocky Mountain Region)

*Additional information on Metro DNA projects provided upon request*