The Keeping the Dream Alive Conference was born out of the passions and concerns from students themselves. The 2014 event was organized by a volunteer committee listed in the e-program, representing organizations including:
Bruce Randolph School (BRS): BRS is a grades 6-12 middle and high school in Denver Public Schools with an enrollment of approximately 900 students. Located in northeast Denver, BRS is led by dedicated administrators and faculty and serves its community with the core values of inclusion, high standards, responsibility, communication and leadership.
College In Colorado was initiated by the state Department of Higher Education, which serves the citizens of the state of Colorado by promoting access to, affordability of, and success in higher education for all students. College In Colorado is charged with helping all Coloradans explore career and education pathways, break down barriers to postsecondary attainment, and create a plan for their postsecondary and workforce success. Their website offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college.
Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF): Founded in 2006, DSF is a college access and success organization with a mission to inspire and empower Denver Public School graduates to enroll in and graduate from college. In collaboration with DPS, DSF has helped to increase the number of graduates who enroll in college by 30 percent since 2007. In that span, DSF has paid $13.3 million in scholarships to 2,683 students. To date, 81% of those students have completed their degree program or remain enrolled in college today.
Higher Education Access Alliance (HEAA): HEAA is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting affordable access to higher education for all Colorado high school graduates. HEAA is managed by 6 non-profit organizations that comprise the Steering Committee: The Colorado Catholic Conference, Colorado Education Association, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Latin American Educational Foundation, Together Colorado and Padres y Jóvenes Unidos.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services. HSF seeks to give students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As the nation's largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic-American higher education, HSF has awarded over $400 million in scholarships and provides a range of ancillary programs for candidates, scholars, and their families. HSF further strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation and to mobilize our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can.
INSPIRE is a new organization (under construction) co-Founded by Blanca Trejo and Jesse Ramirez with the mission of empowering the youth of Colorado.
Metropolitan State University of Denver: Colorado's best value in high-quality higher education. Dedicated faculty, small classes and a wide range of programs and opportunities—plus low tuition—combine to make Metropolitan State University of Denver Colorado's best educational value. MSU Denver is Colorado's urban land grant university, offering individualized, relevant bachelor's and select master's degrees to more undergraduate Coloradans than any other school in the state. MSU Denver has achieved preferred-university status through its commitment to Colorado students and its long-standing community partnerships.
Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.: Dedicated to creating a strong sisterhood and an educational support network for women on college campuses. Pi Lambda Chi seeks to preserve Latina/o culture and history, as well as promote education and community service in the Latina/o communities surrounding their campuses.
Red Rocks Community College : Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Lakewood, Colorado, Red Rocks Community College offers more than 150 programs and 650 courses leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has delivered a quality education to an eclectic mix of students of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds.
Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. , University of Denver chapter: A national, Latino-based fraternity that was established at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2005. The fraternity's mission is to promote opportunities to enhance cultural wisdom through community service, social events, diverse programs, and help contribute to the overall success of Latinos in Higher Education. Founded at the University of Iowa in 1986, the organization has 128 entities consisting of chapters and alumni associations across the country.
Teach For America (TFA) • Colorado: Works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990 nationally (and 2007 in Colorado), TFA recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, nearly 11,000 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. In Colorado, TFA has grown into a network of 1,200 total members (including 600+ teachers and 35 school and school system leaders) reaching more than 36,000 students in low-income communities statewide.
Together Colorado (formerly Metro Organizations for People) was founded in 1979 with the mission of empowering people to strengthen and transform their communities through community organizing. The process begins locally with member churches, schools, youth and neighborhood associations. Through the Education Committee, parents and student leaders have been working toward quality education for all students since 2004. Our shared theology compels us to love, care for, and seek justice for the stranger among us. As people of various faith traditions, we accept that people of all nations are made in His image and deserve to be treated with dignity regardless of immigration status.
University of Denver: Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities and home to more than 11,000 students. The University offers more than 170 undergraduate programs of study and more than 120 graduate and professional programs. The University of Denver is committed to improving the human condition and engaging students and faculty in tackling the major issues of our day. The University ranks among the top 100 national universities in the U.S. For additional information, subscribe to The University of Denver Newsfeed or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.