This summer we’ve had an amazing adventure. Our program theme was Tourism and Hospitality in Colorado and we’ve had lots of fun exploring this topic. Our first field trip was to the Cherry Creek Mall Apple Store, where we learned tips and tricks to take amazing videos and pictures. Soon, we’ll have a finished product that shows all the places we’ve been this summer. Later that day we visited Denver Botanic Gardens, where we saw extraordinary exhibits like the midnight-blue dyed water and the green house with rare and exotic plants.
The following day, we stopped by Tattered Cover Bookstore before heading towards the Sie Film Center where we watched an inspiring documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg called “RBG.” We learned about her role in the gender equality movement and how decades of hard work led to her being the second female justice of the Supreme Court.
Later that week, we explored the historic Four Mile Park. We walked the trails and paused when we came upon a small antique kitchen where they gave us samples of traditional pioneer fare like corn and bean soup and rhubarb pie. Afterwards we toured the Four Mile House, the tour guide gave an inside look at how everything functioned when the original owners lived there. At one point it became a house for weary travelers to rest up and have a meal. Once our tour ended we panned for “gold” and went inside a teepee. We also hopped on a genuine pioneer wagon and watched some horses run. We highly recommend this museum; it’s a great place to learn about Colorado history!
The next week began with the Boys Hope Girls Hope Annual Fundraiser at the Colorado Golf Club. We had the opportunity to talk with the golfers and tell them about the role that BHGH has played in our lives. We also got to help with the putting contest and attend the banquet. Brooke’s highlight of the day was getting to work with her older brother Quincy (also a BHGH scholar and a recent ACHS graduate).
Next, we visited the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. The sun was really shining that day so we opted for a moderate hike around the Perkins Central Garden Trail. We loved the rock formations and amazing views at one of Colorado’s most popular tourist attractions!
June 14th was an excellent day for a “double” field trip so we toured Junior Achievement Business Week and then visited the Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program. JA Business Week invited us to participate in a mentoring session which was a fantastic experience! We got to meet business leaders and CEOs and learned how they operate their companies. They encouraged us to put ourselves out there and build relationships and told us how important it is to have a purpose and a calling. Next, we toured Johnson and Wales and learned all about their hospitality program and the great opportunities their students have. Nyla, our tour guide, works at the Four Seasons Hotel. It seems like a program that is educational and fun at the same time. And, as we learned this summer, tourism supports nearly 57,000 thousand jobs in the Denver Metro area!
On our next field trip, we visited the Colorado Tourism Office in Downtown Denver. Jill, their Director of Destination Development, told us all about tourism in our beautiful state. We also got to speak with her co-workers and learned all about how Colorado attracts so many tourists each year. On June 19 we went to Denver Rescue Mission and we prepared food for the local homeless population. We helped make sponge cakes and then served the food to the individuals who came in for lunch. We learned that anyone who comes in feeling lost is welcomed there.
Next, we toured Red Rocks Amphitheatre on a beautiful, sunny day. The view was astonishing. Our tour guide had worked at Red Rocks for seven years and shared many memories and fun facts with us. For instance, the very first concert at Red Rocks was in 1906! And when the Beatles made their Colorado debut at Red Rocks, the tickets were only 6 dollars! In the Visitor’s Center, we walked around the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and saw some iconic photos of the various Red Rocks performers over the years. Then, we challenged ourselves to tackling the 380 steps of the amphitheatre. Some of us walked, some of us ran, and all of us made it!
Our next stop was Metro State University’s Department of Tourism and Hospitality, and Events. We also got a wonderful tour of the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown Denver, this hotel is a learning lab for the students of Metro. We got to see lots of activity in the hotel: we watched the chef prepare meals and saw a conference taking place. We also got to see the different classrooms incorporated into the hotel, like the kitchen and wine tasting room. Our fantastic tour guides told us about the need for a larger workforce in the hospitality industry and gave us lots of cool career options to consider.
The next day, we visited the Aurora History Museum. We toured exhibitions featuring artwork by local youth and Aurora’s Salvadoran Community. We also spent time learning about Aurora’s History and saw a ACHS letterman jacket from 1954!
As you can see, we’ve had an action-packed summer! Thanks for supporting Boys Hope Girls Hope and making this summer possible!
Reported by Alex, Jacqueline, Isabel, Zuleima, Cindy, Achol, Alexa, Citlaly, Brooke, and Daniela