Underserved, culturally diverse youth in Arapahoe, Adams and Denver Counties do not have the same opportunities to
succeed and thrive as other youth. There are far more opportunities in urban neighborhoods to skip school and join
gangs than there are to become a contributing part of the community.
Eighty percent of the students that ELK works with in school programs, mostly in Denver, Commerce City and Aurora, qualify for free or reduced lunches. In DYN, ELK's core program, the demographics are approximately:
Through LEAF, ELK's family-based program, ELK encourages parents to experience the outdoors with their children.
Parents are invited to attend all ELK activities.
As an additional source of support for students, ELK's YNR program offers leadership development, mentoring and one-to-one assistance as students prepare for college. To date, ELK has helped secure $70,000 in scholarships for students to attend college.