Community Collaboration in Action – Excelsior Welcomes AmeriCorps NCCC to Aurora Campus


*Photo Courtesy of AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region*

Excelsior is thrilled to welcome AmeriCorps to our Aurora campus! It is our sincere pleasure and honor to partner with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) Southwest Region, a like-minded organization that brings great promise of collaboration that will benefit our community.

Excelsior’s recent transition from a campus-based, residential treatment facility to a network of responsive community-based services provided this incredible opportunity, in which we will share 40% of our 33-acre campus with this impressive organization. With this space, AmeriCorps NCCC will employ 24 individuals on their staff and host 320 young adults from across the country.

We celebrated with AmeriCorps NCCC at their official ribbon-cutting earlier this week and look forward to welcoming them on campus in August as our “nearest and closest partners – both metaphorically and literally”, as Excelsior’s CEO, Susan Hébert stated in her remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Excelsior and AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps is an ideal tenant for Excelsior as the work they do perfectly complements our own mission of elevating communities.

Mission Statement of AmeriCorps NCCC:
AmeriCorps NCCC strengthens communities and develops leaders through
direct, team-based national and community service.

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*Photo Courtesy of AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region

This mission is strikingly similar to our own – Excelsior also “strengthens communities and develops leaders” by working to ensure that youth and families across Colorado can contribute their highest human potential to our world.

Excelsior and AmeriCorps have enjoyed a great relationship over the past 25 years, and we are excited to foster this relationship and explore the many new creative ways our partnership can benefit, and elevate, our communities. We look forward to working together to make our mutual mission, vision and dreams come true.

Our deepened partnership holds great promise for truly life-changing and community-changing collaborations. Just one example will be the opportunity for Excelsior’s youth to work toward accessing the volunteer and job training opportunities that AmeriCorps provides. AmeriCorps volunteers have worked closely with Excelsior programs in the past, enriching the lives of our youth and bolstering their potential for leadership and success.

The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

On Monday, July 18, 2016, Excelsior welcomed AmeriCorps to campus at their official ribbon-cutting ceremony. AmeriCorps NCCC members, alumni and staff were joined by notable names like Colorado State Representative Janet Buckner, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, City Year Denver Executive Director Morris Price, AmeriCorps NCCC Acting Director Gina Cross, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, and representatives of US Senator Cory Gardner and US Congressman Mike Coffman, to celebrate the new Denver metro home for the AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region campus.

ribbon cutting

*Photo Courtesy of AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region*