Our Youth and Literacy Committee recently made a 5 year commitment to partner with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Denver. Statewide, the Colorado Imagination Library Program Bill, signed by Governor Polis in 2020, directs the State to help support local communities that enroll. In addition, we donate books weekly to Denver elementary school libraries to help improve youth literacy.
jim hoops scholarship fund
The Denver Cherry Creek Rotary Club established the Jim Hoops Scholarship program to honor the immeasurable positive impact that member Jim Hoops has had on the community during his career as an educator and his continued contributions through the DCCR Club. Two scholarships were awarded in 2020, one each to impressive graduating seniors from East and Manual High Schools. The selection committee was so impressed by the applicants that we sought a way to recognize all of them, not just the two who will receive scholarships.
The Club partnered with PCs for People, a nonprofit organization that provides computers to low-income residents in Denver, to award laptop computers to any of the applicants who need a computer as they embark on their college education.
Committee members are actively involved with RYLA/YRYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening/Young RYLA). Whether a natural-born leader who wants to sharpen their skills or a shy young person with potential who needs to break out of their shell, RYLA & YRYLA puts middle and high school students on track for a successful future. Our club works with teachers to identify those who can benefit from leadership training and provides funds to send 9-10 students every year to camp in beautiful Estes Park. Interviewing the students personally is one of the most rewarding activities we do all year.
Student essay contest
Our Student Essay Contest identifies and supports talented young writers who present winning essays at our annual event.