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KidsTek and COMPASS work together in area schools

Monday, November 25, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Selina Sandoval
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DENVER, CO – KidsTek partners with COMPASS (Community of Many Providing After School Success) at nine of the highest needs schools in Aurora.

COMPASS is a partnership between the city of Aurora and Aurora Public Schools with the idea of providing after school success for under-served youth throughout the city of Aurora. The partnership between COMPASS and KidsTek began seven years ago and has grown to comprise three quarters of the KidsTek program.

"KidsTek provides quality technological instruction and programming to youth in an experiential manner. KidsTek is always a popular program choice for our students because it is as much fun as it is educational.” Says Keith Bailey, the Recreation Supervisor for the Office of Youth Development within the COMPASS program. "In addition to the COMPASS program, KidsTek has been a very active participant in the City of Aurora’s America’s Promise Alliance program. KidsTek is active with America’s Promise serving on multiple committees and wagon teams that program special events for Aurora’s youth.”

KidsTek is involved in all nine of the highest needs schools in Aurora, with all KidsTek courses either full or over enrolled. KidsTek is working with COMPASS at four elementary schools – Fletcher Elementary, Sable Elementary, Vaughn Elementary and Paris Elementary. There are currently ten courses running at the schools with projects including internet safety, internet research and Microsoft Powerpoint. KidsTek is also involved at five middle schools throughout the district – North Middle School, South Middle School, East Middle School, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, and Mrachek Middle School. Courses at the middle school level are more complex, yet fun and provide a great foundation for the future with things like game design using Microsoft Kodu and architecture projects using Boulder-based Sketch-Up software.

"KidsTek has been one of our loyal partners with the COMPASS Program for many years now. KidsTek not only provides quality technology classes for after school programs but they also go the extra mile in our partnership and help with the sustainability of our program.” Added Paul Smith, the COMPASS Coordinator for the Office of Youth Development in Aurora. "For the past three years they have coordinated with staff and students to create our COMPASS promotional video that we show to potential sponsors at our annual fundraising breakfast. We appreciate their partnership and value all that KidsTek means to COMPASS.”

About KidsTek
KidsTek is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. Since 2000, KidsTek has aimed to increase the technology literacy of students at Colorado's highest-needs schools through innovative after school, project based enrichment programs, and in-school technical certification programs. KidsTek provides an extensive technology curriculum for host schools with the goal of providing the tools for long-term academic and career success. For more information on KidsTek, please call (303) 818-1474 or visit KidsTek.org.

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