Jason Maples wrote -
Street Fraternity (SF) is a Denver-based organization that strives to build brotherhood and personal growth within the community of young men in the East Colfax area. Using a Positive Youth Development perspective, the SF staff and volunteers create a safe environment for young men to socialize, seek out assistance with anything from homework to more significant life issues, to engage with positive role models, to develop leadership skills, and to identify opportunities, challenges, and goals. Many of SF's participants are refugees, struggling with resettlement and learning how to navigate a new social system.
Street Fraternity operates on a drop-in format, open evenings, Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 9 pm in the winter and 5 to 10 pm in the summer. Dinner is served every evening, and many other activities, from working out in the Active/Aggression Room to creating music in the Sigma Chi music studio to an ongoing ping pong tournament, are always happening. A meditation/prayer room, library, and computer lab are also available for use.
Street Fraternity was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Award in January, 2017, in recognition of the work being done in this community. The theme of the awards was "Content of Character."
Jason and his spouse, Jodi, are already supporters of Street Fraternity, but as with many non-profits, money is always tight. Jason is running the Boston Marathon in hopes of raising money for Street Fraternity to use to develop future programming for the young men of Street Fraternity and support their ongoing community engagement. The Maples are going to match the first $2600 raised (a marathon is 26.2 miles...that's just $100 per mile, with 2/10ths of a mile free).
For more information about Street Fraternity, check out their website: www.streetfraternity.org