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Pioneer Leadership Program

Pioneer Leadership Program


Serve to Lead, Lead to Serve

photo of students volunteering with the Somali Community Center

Volunteering with the Somali Community Center

The University of Denver's Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) seeks to link formal leadership learning with experience-based applications through involvement in the community through Serve to Lead/Lead to Serve.  Students in their first year of PLP will spend roughly 40 hours, and many times more, of engaged service in a community agency that is focused on a social issue for which they are passionate.  In exchange for this service, community partners are asked to provide students with access to leaders in the organization in order to learn from their experience and knowledge.  

Click here for additional details about what Serve to Lead/Lead to Serve entails.

2019-2020 Serve to Lead/Lead to Serve Partner Site Summaries

2019 - 2020 Google doc of current placements


 PLP students are currently serving in the following Denver-based organizations:

  • Access Gallery / VSA Colorado
  • Asbury Elementary School - Special Education Room
  • The Bridge Project
  • Café 180
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Cooking Matters 
  • Denver Urban Debate League
  • The Gathering Place
  • Kavod Senior Life
  • Littleton Immigrant Resources Center
  • Metro Caring
  • Project C.U.R.E.
  • Reading Partners
  • Severe Weather Shelter Network
  • STEM Club @ STRIVE Prep
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • Women's Homelessness Initiative