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Arthur "Rusty" S. Elston
President, Elston Enterprises, Inc.
Dr. Verley Sangster
Retired Executive Vice President, Young Life Ministries
Mary Duerksen Sklar
President, International Family Connections
President, Hammer & Associates
Executive Director of Northeast Park Hill Coalition
Board of Directors
Board Chair Five points development
Owner/Urban Cipher Inc. - Community organizer
Sitting Active Board Members
Mayor Michael Hancock’s Public and Community Relations
Community Member- Community Organizer
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Park Hill Elementary School
The Denver Children’s Home
The Denver Foundation – Strengthening Neighborhoods
Northeast Park Hill Neighborhood Coalition
Park Hill Thriving Communities Health Initiative
The Stapleton Foundation – Healthy Neighborhoods Council
5405 E. 33rd Avenue, Denver CO 80207
The Prodigal Son Initiative, Inc. is a national prototype for other cities in future years to reach the lives of thousands of more children who can benefit from the programs of this organization.
Strengthening and building up our communities by giving our youth, and future leaders, the positive tools and knowledge that they will need to succeed.
Terrance Roberts is the founder and Executive Director of The Prodigal Son Initiative Inc., an organization that offers after school programs including tutoring, mentoring, dynamic field trips, and education about healthy lifestyles. The Prodigal Son Initiative offers regular opportunities for at-risk children to be a part of positive activities throughout the metro area.
Terrance is a Denver native who was raised in the Park Hill neighborhood where he is still very active. Growing up without spending much time with positive male role models, Terrance fell into joining the Bloods gang, one of the predominant, and most violent, gangs in North East Denver. He spent the majority of his teenage years and early twenties affiliated with this group. After being shot in the back in 1993 (Denver’s "summer of violence"), and spending nearly a decade in and out of prison, Terrance realized he could spend the remainder of his life incarcerated because of this affiliation, and he decided that a life change was in order. He determined that he could take his negative experiences and use them to not only change his own life, but to also give hope to the lives of children in the community who face some of the same challenges that he had to face growing up in a gang infested community.
Terrance has now successfully created a thriving 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization: The Prodigal Son Initiative, Inc. Each year Terrance speaks to thousands of kids through schools, churches, organizations and community events. He also facilitates gang awareness and trainings for parents, law enforcement officers, community members and administrators about the true causes of gang membership for youth and ways to address the problem without alienating and further damaging involved youth. He is President of The Stapleton Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhood Council and serves on Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Mayor's African American Advisory Commission. Terrance is also Co-Chair of "Safe Night Colorado," a rapidly growing community event in Northeast Park Hill where members of the Denver Police Department plays basketball with local leaders and children. He has recently joined the Board of Directors for City Councilman at Large Doug Linkhart’s "Youth Link," a summer activities guide featuring hundreds of organizations and positive activities for children and their families. Terrance has also opened the Park Hill Community Center with State Senator Michael Johnston, turning a dilapidated building into a positive center of the neighborhood and a safe place for youth in this still gang infested community.
The Prodigal Son Initiative’s Five Core Values
Values to incorporate in everyday life
- Honesty – Conducting yourself in a fair and straightforward manner; always telling the truth
- Respect – Valuing thoughts, feelings, needs, wishes and preferences of others
- Generosity – Enhancing the true well-being of others through giving and volunteering
- Responsibility – Always having moral, legal, or mental accountability for your assigned tasks, actions and statements
- Excellence – Striving to achieve great qualities with a high degree of integrity while performing everyday or extraordinary tasks