Neighborhood Center @ Skinner

The Northwest Denver Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in partnership with Skinner and other community schools by offering students, families, and community members a variety of engaging programs, events, and needed services. Through academic support, character building, STEM programming, athletics, college awareness, and project-based learning, we equip students with the 21st Century tools they need to succeed in middle school and successfully transition to high school. Northwest Denver Friends offers a safe, welcoming, place where the Skinner community and others can learn and prosper.

Out of School Time (OST) programs currently include:

Northwest Denver Neighborhood Center Friends also supports the following projects:

“The Neighborhood Center is a cool place.  It gives me peace of mind, making me comfortable about working because I know that quality people are there for us, giving their absolute 100% every day.  All staff members provide my child with not only a safe place after school, but an environment where kids get assistance with homework, make friends and get creative. Thanks, Neighborhood Center, I am incredibly grateful.”

-Liliana Vasiu, 6th grade Skinner parent

Our Mission, Vision and History 


Mission Statement:

To provide access to quality educational programming and enhance opportunities for enrichment through a variety of neighborhood programs for the increased success of children, youth, and families of Northwest Denver.

Our Vision:

Every child receives the help necessary to achieve a successful school and post-secondary career that enables them to attain a positive and fulfilling life as an adult.
Our Values: Passion *** Integrity *** Results
Passion: We are dedicated to providing exceptional educational and enrichment services and quality programming to the youth and families of Northwest Denver Community. We encourage creativity and innovation as we constantly seek to improve our services and enhance the quality of life in our community. We believe that the difference between a student’s success and failure is Access!

Our History

The Northwest Neighborhood Center, a program of the Denver Public Schools department of Extended Learning, began in 1997 at Horace Mann Middle School through the efforts of parents, teachers, community organizations, and school administrators. After nine very successful years serving over 3,000 students and 2,700 Adults, the Neighborhood Center moved to Skinner Middle School.

In 2011, The Neighborhood Center became a 501(c)(3) under the name “Northwest Neighborhood Center Friends”, providing expanded funding resources.

Contact Us 

Nico Aragon
Skinner Middle School