CU in the Community

CU Denver | Anschutz Provost Roderick Nairn

Provost Roderick Nairn helps a girl with career and financial planning during a “reality” exercise at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club on Jan. 15. Photos by Matt Kaskavitch, University Communications.

Leadership team members from the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus pitched in at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver recently, helping 20 young people in a goal-setting exercise that got them thinking about future careers and handling a household budget.

More than a dozen university leaders visited the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club in Montbello. They were greeted by John Barry, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, who gave an overview of the nonprofit organization that serves 10,000 kids, ages 6 to 18, across metro Denver.

“This is a place that deals with the whole child,” Barry said. Programs provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, which cost participants only $2 a year, help youth achieve academic success, develop healthy lifestyle habits and foster leadership skills.

David Engelke and Laura Goodwin of CU Denver | Anschutz

David Engelke, dean of the Graduate School, and Laura Goodwin (left), associate vice chancellor of faculty affairs, help students with a financial management and career-planning exercise at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club in Montbello.

Barry said the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver rely on generous funding contributions from community partners as well as thousands of hours of volunteer service every year.

The organization is this year’s featured partner of the CU in the Community program that encourages faculty and staff to spend a half-day of their work week volunteering in the community. Past featured partners have included Habitat for Humanity and Food Bank of the Rockies.

Our university leaders, including CU Denver | Anschutz Provost Roderick Nairn and CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, mentored the youth in a career-planning and financial management exercise. The youths were asked to select a career, learn about the education level and cost to attain a job, and then manage subsequent cost-of-living expenses after they began their career.

David Goff dean of the Colorado School of Public Health

David Goff, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, helps a student with a financial management and career-planning exercise at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club in Montbello.

“This was fun,” Nairn said. “It was an eye-opening experience for a lot of the kids to see what’s involved in getting their chosen jobs, what it costs to live, and what’s left at the end of the day.”

Horrell said the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver is an important community resource in the role it plays in helping guide youths to become healthy and successful adults.

“I really enjoyed visiting with these kids,” Horrell said. “We want to help them realize that higher education is within their reach.”

Other leaders from the university who volunteered included: John Bennett, Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation Initiatives; Raul Cardenas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Leanna Clark, Vice Chancellor of University Communications; David Engelke, Dean of the Graduate School; David Goff, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health; Laura Goodwin, Associate Vice Chancellor of Faculty Affairs; Genia Herndon, Assistant Vice Chancellor University of Advancement & Student Engagement; Jim Hodge, Associate of Vice Chancellor of Advancement (CU Anschutz); Pamela Jansma, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts  and Sciences; Denise Kassebaum, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine; Sarah Thompson, Dean of the College of Nursing; Dave Turnquist, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facility Operations; Andrea Wagner, Vice Chancellor of Advancement (CU Denver).

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