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April 2018

Spring Forward! Learn more how the YMCA at Manual support the high school students as well as the community member.


Who we are

When the staff at the YMCA are looking for more meaning in their lives and more connection to their communities, they look to the YMCA.  The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver has been a fixture in Denver for over 140 years.  As a Y, we are more than a place to work out or drop off the kids for child care.  We are a gathering place where healthy living is fostered, children are nurtured, and people support each other.

The Denver YMCA brings together more than 68,000 members, volunteers, and program participants at five branches and 75 program locations throughout metro Denver, and we are one of 2,700 YMCA organizations nationwide, collectively serving more than 21 million people.


Power Scholars Academy

Powerful Summer Program Boosts Kids’ Reading and Math Skills and Self Confidence 

The program reaches student “scholars” in K-6th grads at Wyatt Academy at an important time in their education- The summer when many kids experience learning loss.  Studies show most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalence in math computational skills  and in reading.  children from undeserved families are especially at risk of falling behind.

Through Power Scholars Academy, roughly 175 scholars gather every day for six weeks for learning experiences, a nutritious breakfast and lunch and weekly mentor days and field trips.  Daily, kids take part in:

  • Specialized instruction in literacy and math
  • Enrichment activities in leadership development, life skills, and health and fitness, as well as science, technology, and engineering
  • Community time and structured learning

The program is shown to boost reading and math skills, increasing confidence and ultimately improving graduation rates.

Power Scholars Academy is part of a national initiative by Y-USA and BELL~~Building Educated Leaders for Life.  The BELL ‘s evidence-based summer leaning model, and delivered in partnership with eight Y’s throughout the country, including the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver.

The program is one of the many ways the Y “hops the gap” in the resources available to scholars in undeserved communities to help them learn, grow and thrive.



Swimming is a life skill, and knowing how to swim makes it possible to enjoy pools, water parks and the outdoors.  The Denver Y has a history in aquatics education and offers quality swim lessons for all ages in the safe, caring environment of the YMCA.  At the Y, students learn fundamental swimming skills, while fostering a life-long appreciation for physical activity and fitness through swimming.                                 

  • Provide Beginner Swim Lesson at No Cost for Community Members
  • Created a Swim Club for MCAuliffe-Manual Middle School
  •  Provide Life Guard Certification Class for Students at NO Cost and Graded credit                                                                                                           



Mentoring & CAP’s Program

The Y @ Manual High School has created a coach education mentoring program for Manual students that have the passion to teach soccer and basketball to our neighbor youth in our YMCA after-school enrichment programs.  The Y has 8 students currently involved.  We have also created a College Advisement Program (C.A.P.) for student athletes looking to play college athletics.  To have the passion to coach in the future.




We provide high quality performance training to adult and young adult athletes of all ages who are striving for the ultimate success in their personal health and fitness goals.  Our core values Strength, Power, Agility, Endurance, Speed and diet education provide the tools for the athlete to reach and maintain peak performance.

  • Provide FREE soccer clinics for both boys & girls fro Manual & Cole High School Students
  • Provides Strength & Conditioning for high school students for No Cost and Graded Credit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Rachel Taylor is our Community and Youth Services Coordinator through the YMCA here at Manual High School.  Rachel is at Manual High School on Friday’s from 9:00am-2:00pm and is able to support community resource referrals, and locting community support surrounding housing, food, clothing and other basic needs.  Her phone is number is 720-440-1871 and her email is RTaylor@denverymca.org



Swansea Elementary




Omar D. Blair Elementary



Wyatt Academy Elementary



Garden Place Academy




Join Us in Acceptance

At YMCA we welcome people of all race, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity, every ability and disability, and every socioeconomic status.  We resolve to be the common ground on which people with different ideas can connect, collaborate and compromise.


After School Program and What it Means

Engaging out of school time care makes a tremendous difference in a child’s life, and their successful future.  At the Y, we offer comprehensive out of school time care for kids from kindergarten through high School.

Kids who participate in after school programs have an increased likelihood of graduation and academic performance.  A study of about 3,000 low-income, ethnically-diverse elementary and middle school students found that those who regularly attend high-quality after school programs over two years demonstrated gains of up to 20 percentiles and 12 percentiles in standardized math test scores respectively, compared to peers who were routinely unsupervised during the after school hours.


YMCA at Manual Program Branch – 720-634-6174 – 1700 East 28th Ave. Denver, CO 80205