Mirror Image Arts uses theatre as language to inspire dialogue, encourage awareness and promote action in order to build a strong, compassionate and empowered community.
Mirror Image Arts is looking to connect with DU faculty and students on the following project:
- Creative Work: We are actively seeking diverse artists who share identities and lived experiences with the youth our program serves. We are always looking for Teaching Artists to be a part of our Finding Your Voice program that runs in and out of school time across Denver. Teaching Artists join facilitators in our spaces and take on the role of a character that engages in co-creative activities with the youth. It culminates in a 15 min performance that is about four middle schoolers dealing with bullying, mean moments, conflict, and joking that has gone too far. After the performance Teaching Artists lead small group mind mapping activities and then engage in Forum.
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 (CURRENTLY ON HOLD FOR PARTNERSHIPS):
- Program Evaluation: Design an evaluation for partner schools (that is not burdensome) to better understand program impacts, gaps, and opportunities.
- Program Evaluation: Support program documentation using creative methods (e.g. film, art), with a focus on youth participant experiences and perspectives.
- Curriculum Development: Collaborate on developing trainings materials and resources to strengthen volunteer orientation and preparation for Challenge Day.
- Curriculum Development: Partner on the development and/or implementation of pilot programming (e.g. student leadership club) that helps deepen and sustain the impact of Challenge Day
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:
- Health and Wellness (Positive Youth Development, mental health,pro-social behavior)
- Student Outcomes (achievement,motivation/concentration, cognitive functioning, identity towards nature/science, career and leadership, etc.)
- Community Engagement (involvement with env-related civic processes, belonging, motivation to care for community spaces)
- Access(actual and perceived, including nature identity and cultural relevancy)