February 6, 2023

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18 Denver programs, many working to direct kids away from trouble with crime, substance misuse, share in $12M

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Melissa Mouton founded 5280 High School in Denver after meeting a teenager who had gone six months without using heroin.  

When she asked him how he stayed sober, the teenager said he had to drop out of school because it was like a “drug den.” 

The encounter left Mouton, a physician, with a nagging feeling. High schools weren’t working for kids like him — who needed an education in a space free from drugs. So a year later, she took the plunge and launched 5280 High School, a school aimed at supporting students in their recovery. 

5280 High School is just one of 18 grantees that the Caring for Denver Foundation supported this year as it works to shore up alternatives to the criminal justice system. Grants also went to co-responder programs run by the city that are designed to…

Brammhi Balarajan

2022-08-12 04:18:00

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