The G.Town Promise
Where student success is everyone’s business.
Exactly what the G.Town Promise is is hard to qualify. Not because the idea behind it is particularly complicated, but because there’s so much to it.
There’s the College Promise, which offers post-secondary education tuition support to qualified high school students. There’s Career Pathways, which facilitates direct contact between Greeley-Evans District 6 students and local professionals for mentoring and internship opportunities. And there’s the Crown Jewels Busing Program, which enables kids to participate in after-school programs by taking care of transportation—through free rides via Greeley-Evans Transit. And that doesn’t even begin to cover it all.
“It’s a partnership,” explains Greeley City Manager Roy Otto. “It’s businesses, educators, organizations, and city government working together to leverage each others’ resources and expertise instead of going it alone.” In other words, Otto says, it’s all about “principled relationships”—the kind of connections that are critical in helping Greeley-area youth become successful, productive adults.
So what’s the promise? Dan Dennie, director of business development at Banner Health and one of the community leaders behind the initiative, has a way of summing it up:
We’re going to create a community where kids truly have the opportunity to succeed.
Ace and the G.Town Promise
The Greeley City Council identified Achieving Community Excellence (ACE) as a means to support and improve Greeley’s civic infrastructure. Following that lead, 25 community leaders took action to assure that something substantial took shape. Via their aligned, principled relationships they were successful in developing one of ACE’s first efforts, the G.Town Promise. G.Town Promise provides youth residing in Greeley and Evans, who attend Greeley-Evans District 6, charter, and private schools, with the additional help they need to become successful, productive adults. A high quality workforce for Greeley and Evans is a positive by-product of this education initiative.
Post-Secondary Education Assistance
Scholarship programs are available providing financial assistance to make a post-secondary degree a reality for many who could never have dreamed of achieving that goal.
Youth Leadership Summit
In the spring of each year, students in Greeley and along the Front Range are invited to attend the Young Leaders Discovery and Impact Summit. The summit provides a dynamic opportunity for young leaders (ages 15-23) to discover and align their life’s purpose and goals with their personal passions, skills, abilities, and talents.
A strong workforce begins with a great education. As part of their education, it’s important that students are offered opportunities to experience potential careers first-hand. Career Pathways provides all Greeley and Evans students with a wide variety of engaging experiences in their interest areas. Including guest speakers, workplace tours and field trips, career and job fairs, informational interviews, internships, volunteer opportunities, job shadowing, career mentoring, and more.
The Mayor’s Workforce Initiative is a driving force behind business participation and funding support for Career Pathways. The workforce initiative’s goal is to recruit 200 business partners interested in supporting a minimum of 100 paid internships annually.
Crown Jewels Busing – Ride Free with ID
Greeley and Evans youth are our city’s Crown Jewels and without available, affordable, safe transportation many will struggle to achieve academic success. A new ‘Ride Free with ID’ program is breaking down this barrier. Starting in 2014, Greeley-Evans Transit began offering all students free, unlimited, year-round rides to and from school, internships and activities. (In its first year, the ride free program increased student ridership 313 percent and student participation in after school activities rose 13 percent.)