The Community College of Denver Foundation received a $40,000 grant through Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, with funds raised from the Season to Share campaign. The grant funding will support the Community College of Denver (CCD)’s Urban Male Initiative (UMI) mentor program for low-income males of color.

Founded in 2011, UMI’s goal is to serve CCD’s urban male students by recognizing the unique challenges they face as well as provide them with academic resources and educational planning assistance through mentoring. Through UMI, CCD works to develop these students as leaders by helping them invest in their own intellectual capital, build meaningful relationships, and attain skills, such as compassion, civility, integrity, and listening.

“CCD’s UMI program provides our students with an on-campus support system and teaches them valuable networking skills,” said Ryan Ross, Dean of CCD’s Student Development. “Founded on the principal of leadership and service, UMI strives to find ways for our students to get involved in campus activities and events as well as provide opportunities for them to get involved in leadership development.”

UMI is listed in the American Association of Community College’s Minority Male Student Success database, which provides information about programs nation wide whose goal it is to improve the success of minority male students at the nation’s community colleges. To learn more, visit CCD.edu/UMI

A total of $2,350,000 was distributed to 53 nonprofit organizations across the Denver metropolitan region through Denver Post Charities in this grant cycle.

About Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, and the Season To Share Campaign – Established in 1992, through Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, supports local nonprofit organizations with programs that focus on child & youth education, health & wellness, homelessness and hunger.. Grants are made possible with the generosity of Denver Post readers, the general public, and corporate donations to the Season To Share campaign, the primary fundraising campaign for Denver Post Charities. Since inception, more than $66 million has been distributed to improve the lives of those in need in metro Denver. To learn more about Denver Post Charities Season To Share, visit SeasontoShare.com.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation – The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1.5 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation’s Communities Program continues Col. McCormick’s legacy by partnering with media outlets, such as the Denver Post, sports teams and philanthropic organizations across the country, to raise money and provide matching dollars, which increase the impact of charitable giving. To learn more about the McCormick Foundation, visit MccormickFoundation.org.

With more than 10,000 students, Community College of Denver (CCD) is the third-largest community college in Colorado and a leading point of entry to higher education for the city and county of Denver. CCD provides a cost-effective, high-quality college education to nontraditional students, along with access and opportunity, workforce development, training resources for local organizations and community partnerships. CCD is a federally funded Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) and is one of 13 community colleges in the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Learn more at www.CCD.edu.