About

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Who we are

The Dayton Street Opportunity Center is an economic and community
development “think tank” – a catalyst designed to narrow the opportunity
gap for low income families through collective impact strategies,
community organizing and direct services.

 

Why we exist

 

It has been nearly 10 years since Javad Marshall-Fields and his  financé Vivian  

Wolfe were tragically murdered while driving on Dayton Street in Aurora on June  

20, 2005.  The two Colorado State University graduates were ambushed by criminals trying to prevent Javad from  testifying in an upcoming murder trial. The Dayton Street Opportunity Center opened its doors with the goal of preventing tragedies like  that which claimed the lives of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe  on the same street nearly 10 years before.  

During the trial for Javad and Vivian’s murder it was revealed that the  perpetrators had dropped out of high school, were second or third  generation family members to be incarcerated and had limited opportunities in their respective communities.  

 

In 2012, in an effort to provide assistance and opportunities for Aurora’s  children and youth, the Fields Foundation began to recruit institutions  and community partners to address the multitude of social and environ mental risk factors that cause Aurora’s children to struggle academically  and engage in unhealthy, risky behaviors..

 

WHAT IS THE DAYTON STREET  

OPPORTUNITY CENTER? 

 The Dayton Street Opportunity Center is a “one stop shop” building  that will host a number of services designed to improve the health,  educational and economic outcomes of children, youth and families  living in Aurora, Colorado.  e center will host the following organizations that will provide the following services: 

“Children lack the crucial resources and opportunities - inside and outside of schools -  that they need if they are to reach their potential in college, career and citizenship”

 

Poverty is the biggest obstacle to opportunity for children and youth living in the Denver Metro Area. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children living in poverty in Arapahoe County increased by 156 percent,  the largest rate of increase among Colorado counties.

 

The opportunity gap disproportionately impacts children living in low-income communities. The demographic inequalities that students living in North Aurora, Montebello, and Green Valley Ranch face in comparison to their white and middle class peers put them at a  disadvantage before they even enter school.  When combined with health and educational disparities, students living in poverty have to overcome more challenges to have an equal chance at life’s opportunities.

 

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

 
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Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure all children from the ages of zero to 24 have a fair, safe, healthy, head start towards a  successful passage to adulthood. Our vision is to empower children, youth and families by providing access to  healthcare, quality education and positive character development. 

Our Vision

The Dayton Street Opportunity Center is a “one stop shop” building  that will host a number of services designed to improve the health,  educational and economic outcomes of children, youth and families  living in Aurora, Colorado.  e center will host the following organizations that will provide the following services: 

“Children lack the crucial resources and opportunities - inside and outside of schools -  that they need if they are to reach their potential in college, career and citizenship”

 

Poverty is the biggest obstacle to opportunity for children and youth living in the Denver Metro Area. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children living in poverty in Arapahoe County increased by 156 percent,  the largest rate of increase among Colorado counties.

 

The opportunity gap disproportionately impacts children living in low-income communities. The demographic inequalities that students living in North Aurora, Montebello, and Green Valley Ranch face in comparison to their white and middle class peers put them at a  disadvantage before they even enter school.  When combined with health and educational disparities, students living in poverty have to overcome more challenges to have an equal chance at life’s opportunities.

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