Many NFL players are involved with youth foundations and charities, but few had youth create their cleat designs. With professional assistance, Jerard knew that creating a shoe design and actually seeing a professional athlete wear it could be a life changing opportunity for artistic youth! With a personal passion for youth mentoring, Jerard also recognized this as an opportunity to highlight its importance as the cause and focus of this program.
In early 2018, Jerard proposed a unique Program to Mentor Colorado that would allow middle/high school students the opportunity to be the creative engines behind My Cause My Cleats. Chozen Creativity and Mentor Colorado partnered to bring this idea to life, and the rest is history!
Along with support from local firm Richey May, the program launch was held in August in Downtown Parker, CO. Please visit here to see the feature on Channel 4 CBS News.
MENTOR Colorado is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in Colorado. Founded by the passion and vision of a number of grassroots mentoring organizations in Colorado, Mentor Colorado leads initiatives that will strengthen communities through mentoring. MENTOR Colorado has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.
Founded in 1985, Richey May provides assurance, tax and business advisory services to clients throughout the United States. Our firm has focused on serving clients in the Financial Services industry for 30 years. We maintain specializations in the mortgage, commercial real estate, and alternative investment industries, and offer a wide range of tailored solutions to meet the needs of successful privately held companies and their owners.
Denver Kids Inc.
At Denver Kids, we believe that strong, supportive relationships have the power to help every student reach their fullest potential and graduate high school. It’s been the heart of our mission and the springboard of our strong outcomes since 1946. Denver Kids’ professional Educational Counselors and volunteer mentors work one-on-one with Denver Public Schools students facing adversity to keep them engaged, motivated, and on track to high school graduation.
Gunnison Valley Mentors
The mission of Gunnison Valley Mentors is to promote the healthy growth of young people through one-to-one mentoring relationships and enrichment opportunities. Gunnison Valley Mentors works to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential through the guidance and advocacy of caring, pro-social role models.
Denver Urban Scholars
Denver Urban Scholars is a nonprofit organization that partners with high poverty, high performing schools to unlock the potential of students facing added challenges by creating individual pathways to career and college. Denver Urban Scholars is a coordinated, integrated approach that seamlessly combines mentoring, case management, academic support, financial assistance and more into a wrap-around network of support for every Scholar.
Goodwill Industries of Denver
Goodwill addresses deep deficits in graduation rates by providing education, career development, and mentor programs to at-risk youth. Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Program helps young people focus on their future career aspirations in order to ensure success. Goodwill youth specialists are licensed teachers, working in dozens of high-poverty schools across several school districts to provide direction and support to tens of thousands of students every year.
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In Week 13 of the National Football League, players will showcase their passions and their cleats in a community campaign. Through the “My Cause My Cleats” campaign, started in 2016, players can wear custom designed cleats to represent a cause of their choice.
Commissioned by the hottest designers in the sneaker game, athletes all across the NFL wear flashy cleats in vibrant colors, featuring unique illustrations and messages promoting their cause. In 2017, around 1,000 players reportedly took part in the initiative, and after games ended, selected cleats were auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds benefiting different causes. For more information, please see the following link: https://operations.nfl.com/football-ops/economic-social-impact/my-cause-my-cleats/