Who we are. Destination Imagination Colorado (DICO) gives Colorado youth opportunities to work in teams to compete with others in the region, state, and world to solve challenging problems with artistic and technical elements. This hands-on, minds-on experience provides them mental stimulation and a way to connect with others in a positive, engaging way. Participants learn teamwork, leadership, and problem solving. DI has decades of experience in doing this, but like all other youth-serving groups, faces a challenge this year in being able to financially support those students who cannot afford to participate. Our video shows you more about DICO
Our CO-VID induced need. Last year, we funded 40 teams from economically distressed areas of the state to help them engage youth aged 5-18 in forming teams and engaging in the competition. But with little income this year since in-person tournaments were suspended, we no longer have the funds to continue this support. DICO faces limitations on resources due to being run by dozens of volunteers and only one full time staff member, and those limitations have been exacerbated directly by Covid-19.
What you can do. It just costs $500 to fund a team – that includes registration, materials, training for the adult facilitator, and a small stipend for a parent or teacher to facilitate their work. In return, the team works together for about 3 months to develop a solution to a challenge, devise a presentation, and learn how to engage in quick decision-making to respond to an instant challenge. This year, the competition will be virtual but will remain viable at the regional, state, and global levels. Those who can afford it will participate, but those who face financial difficulties may be left out. DICOs mission is to be available for all kids who want to participate, and we need help to achieve that mission.
Any donation amount will help us fund these teams and provide an opportunity for those who otherwise cannot participate. Please! Give youth a chance to grow their minds and hearts.