About Us


About Us 


Empowering Denver's Youth To Reach Their Potential


RiskTakers Youth Initiative believes every young person has talents and strengths waiting to be unleashed. Through mentoring, skills development, and real-world opportunities rooted in youth culture, we empower disadvantaged youth in our community to tap into their potential and create positive change.


Our Story 


RiskTakers was founded in 2023 by Denver natives Quincy Wedgeworth and Quincy Smith. After overcoming their own struggles with poverty, gang involvement and incarceration as youth, Wedgeworth and Smith are dedicated to guiding the next generation onto a brighter path.


Having walked in the shoes of the youth they now serve, our founders bring passion, empathy and credibility to their work. RiskTakers leverages their insights and community connections to meet youth where they are. We tap into their love for music, art and fashion to initially engage them, then help them gain the skills, mindset and support they need to thrive.

Our Partners

Here Our A Few Of Our Partners!



Become a Mentor!!!

We are seeking caring, patient, and dedicated adult role models to serve as mentors for our RiskTakers Youth Initiative. As a mentor, you will be matched with an at-risk young person aged 16-24 and commit to regular meetings and check-ins over a period of one year.

Our ideal mentors have:

  • Background check clearance -Availability for weekly 2 hour mentoring sessions
  • Reliable transportation for community outings
  • Active listening and interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm for supporting young people reach goals
  • Willingness to attend mentor training session
  • Commitment to complete post-match surveys
  • Dedication to provide encouragement and motivation

As a mentor, you will provide guidance, encouragement, and inspiration to help youth build confidence, develop interests, improve grades, avoid risky behaviors, and work towards a vision for their future. Mentoring can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

If you have a heart for empowering young people, apply to mentor today!

Inquires contact info@risktakersyouth.org

Take A Risk!

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Dear Parents,

We are excited to offer an empowering mentorship program for local youth through our RiskTakers Youth Initiative. We match caring, trustworthy adult mentors from the community with young people ages 16-24 who could benefit from extra support and guidance.

As a parent, you may be wondering—how could a mentor help my child? A mentor provides motivation, shares advice, and serves as an advocate. They take a genuine interest in the growth and well-being of a young person during critical years. Their encouragement can inspire youth to reach important goals.

Our thorough application and screening process ensures that only suitable mentors are selected. During our mandatory mentor training program, candidates learn best practices and build skills for fulfilling this crucial role. Once matched, we facilitate regular check-ins and networking events among mentors, youth, and parents.

We encourage you to consider enrolling your child in our free, voluntarily program if you feel they could thrive with extra support. By fostering these meaningful connections now, we are empowering the next generation of leaders in our community.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any other questions. We look forward to your involvement!

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