Founders: Jesse Ramirez
Areas of expertise:
Youth Empowerment, College Access, Youth Organizing, and Civic Engagement
Change Agent Institute
This summer we hosted our Change Agent Institute for a 5th year at Colorado State University. This year the institute expanded in many ways. This year we trained 102 Change Agent Activists now bringing our total to 551 students.. We also extended the institute from 2 days to 3 day and two nights. We continue to add roles for our alumni, this year we trained 10 Jr. Dream Directors and 22 1st Year Trailblazers.
INSPiRE was a awarded a Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative grant for $150,000 over two years to build a College & Career Center at Thornton High School in Adams 12 School District.
INSPiRE celebrated our first class of graduates. As our Change Agent Activists changed their tassels from right to left as a symbol of their graduation in our years they also transition from Activists to Trailblazers. We are committed to making sure their high school graduations are not their last. INSPiRE had a first college graduate, Joel Marquez graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Engineering. He is now working for Microsoft in Washington.
Students in low-income communities go to college at a much lower rate than their higher income peers.
INSPiRE is growing our impact in 2018-19! This year we not only are adding new schools into our partner network, we are also growing in staff. We are proud to announce Noemy Rodriguez has officially joined us on a full-time basis. We are gearing up for our 5th school year an a start up organization. This summer we successfully trained 102 Change Agents from 7 high schools. .