University of Denver

Ability Connection Colorado

Contact Person:

Katrina Chaffin phone: 720-773-1622

Agency Description:

ACCO provides inclusive education, pathways to employment, and statewide family support programs to create opportunities and sustainable change for families across Colorado.


Organization Type:

Healthcare, Mental Health and/or Disabilities |


Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program |

Volunteer Opportunity

Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program

Description: The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) TM is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, including those with disabilities. The RAMP TM model uses a combination of group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring to promote the successful transition of RAMP TM youth to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living. Youth participate in weekly career preparation-focused group meetings, including peer-supported goal setting and exploration of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). While in RAMP TM, youth have the opportunity to assess and explore their own career interests; develop a plan and set goals for their transition; create a resource map of their community’s high-tech industries; gain workplace soft skills; build resume-writing and interviewing skills; interact with employers and experience a variety of work settings; give and receive peer support; take advantage of group and personal leadership opportunities; design and build a high-tech-related team project, and most importantly... have fun!

Ability Connection Colorado’s, Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) TM, is seeking adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.

Role of the Mentor

Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship. Serve as a positive role model and friend. Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together. Strive for mutual respect. Build self-esteem and motivation. Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them.

Requirements for volunteers: None.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 20
Time Commitment: Ongoing Event
Instructions for Registering for this Opportunity:

Availability: Weekday - Yes | Weekend: No | Morning: Yes | Evening: No | Afternoon: Yes
Expires on: June 11 2019
Is Public Transportation Available: Yes

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