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OUR PROGRAMS

Click on each program to learn more about them!

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Outdoor Recreation

Learn to Swim

After School

Community Fitness

Healthy Eating

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Community Events

Mental Health

Wellness

Workforce

Development

Summer Camp

The outdoor recreation program is aimed to provide the Latinx community access to nature, celebrate their unique cultural connection to the outdoors, gain leadership experience, learn various skills and support the next generation of Latino leadership in the outdoors. We have a partnership with the City of Denver Outdoor Recreation, Colorado State Parks, and GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) to connect the youth and their families with nature by hiking, camping and rafting. For many of our participants this is their first exposure to the mountains and outdoor activities.

• Hiking

• Fishing Trips

• Kayaking & Canoeing 

• Paddle Boarding

• Rafting

• Camping

• Archery

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OUTDOOR RECREATION PROGRAM

Learn to Swim is a structured class offered in both Spanish and English and taught by certified swim instructors who teach Latinx youth how to swim. Swimming is the only sport that can save your life, yet nearly 70% of African American and 60% of Latino children can't swim compared to 40% of Caucasian children who can. Through partnerships with the City of Denver, ViVe uses the pool at Manual High School as well as public pools in Montbello and Aurora. These classes are taught by members of the Latinx community which provides a level of comfort to those who are learning how to swim. Those who complete the class share success stories with their family members and friends encouraging them to take ViVe’s Learn to Swim classes.

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LEARN TO SWIM PROGRAM

After school programs include swim training, martial arts, science projects and other various activities which focus on physical, emotional and social wellness of students. The students from Cole Arts and Science Academy walk two blocks from school to participate in physical fitness programs. This program will be extended to other community schools in 2022.

• Swim Training

• Martial Arts

• Outdoor Education

• Healthy Snacks

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Community fitness programs are led and taught by certified fitness instructors and are offered in both English and Spanish. We offer several classes including dance, Zumba, yoga, spinning, running are provided to all ages which often lead to participating together creating connection beyond age.

• Swimming Lessons

• Yoga

• Zumba

• Boot Camps

• Multi-sport

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COMMUNITY FITNESS PROGRAM

With support from the City of Denver through the Healthy Food Denver Kids program, we provide healthy foods to more than 2,000 youth and their families each month. ViVe has a community garden located in the Montbello neighborhood of Denver and through Comiendo Saludable, we help families across the city who do not have consistent access to food. Families who participate in the program assist with the community garden to grow vegetables by planting, growing, and harvesting. Much of the grown produce is given to the families who helped grow the garden and also to families who support our Comiendo Saludable program.

• Community Gardens

• Start Your Own Garden

• Nutrition Classes

• Food Delivery

• Healthy Snacks

  (After School Program)

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HEALTHY EATING (COMIENDO SALUDABLE)

Community events encourage families to engage together in wellness activities and connect with resources and provide referrals. ViVe hosts neighborhood park events inviting other community organizations to join forces to provide physical and mental health checks such as blood pressure tests, A1C tests to check diabetes and COVID-19 vaccinations. Mental health related topics discussed include identifying the difference between stress and depression, how to talk with family members about depression, and how access local mental health professionals.

• Chapuzon Swim Meet

• El Retro Obstacle Course

• ViVe 5K Run

• Harvest Share

  (Denver Parks)

• NatureFest

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Mental Health Wellness program focuses primarily on the needs of teens addressing their mental health. This innovative program upholds cultural beliefs and traditions from the community including their participation in Teen Mental Health First Aid, which teaches teens in grades 10th through 12th or ages 15 through 18 how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among their friends and peers.

Art, Mindfulness, and Movement all help people improve their mental health. Mindfulness and movement help relieve stress and ease anxiety. Through AMM we include breathing techniques, yoga, drawing, journaling, and painting with the goal to help our community tell their stories. AMM can create powerful and lasting effects on mental health but can also lead to improved physical activity involvement.

• Yoga

• Breathing Techniques

• Art, Drawing, Painting

• Photography

• Journaling

• Teen Wellness

• Behavioral Health

   Wellness

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MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS

Each program offers the ability for young adults to gain additional information which can teach them to lead the program, being paid to offer the program and potentially having an opportunity to make ViVe a foundation in their chosen career. For example, youth can take part in our Learn to Swim program and after successful completion, they can take our offered first aid and CPR course to become a lifeguard or swim instructor. Through our partnership with the City of Denver, many of our certified swim instructors are hired to provide swim classes or to lifeguard the neighborhood pools. Participating in our garden program can lead to jobs at Denver parks and through our fitness activity programming, participants can move forward to become fitness instructors or personal trainers. For many of our programs, our participants have the opportunity to become employed leading to financial security enabling their families to reduce the stress of financial uncertainty.

• Lifeguard Training

• Swim Instructor

• CPR & First Aid Training

• Outdoor Leadership

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Vive Wellness summer camp program will be offered throughout the summer. It will be a half day of fun! The purpose is to provide movement and enrichment for school aged kids. We will offer movement activities, tennis, swimming and outdoor games. 

• Movement Activities

• Tennis

• Swimming

• Outdoor Games

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SUMMER CAMP