Hector Frias, Dream Director
Hector Frias is a Denver born, first generation revolutionary. Graduated from the Mapleton School District to then move on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University in the Spring of 2015. Hector, a brother of Beta Gamma Nu Fraternity, Alumni of College Summit, and former High School Lead for the Dream Project has risen as a leader in all of these organizations to not only leave a mark here but his community as well. Hector’s dream is to motivate, inspire, and empower young people with first generation, lower income, and ethnically diverse backgrounds to pursuing a higher education. For him education has become a way of honoring his mother’s legacy while blazing a path for those in his own communities to do the same.
Jesse Ramirez, Executive Director &Founder
Jesse Ramirez is a first generation Mexican-American. His dad came to the United State from Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico at the age of thirteen. His mom was born in Pueblo, Colorado and her family comes from the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. Jesse feels by having both Mexican and Chicano roots they have shaped the leader he is today. He is also a first generation college graduate having earned a B.A. in Political Science and Minors in Chicano Studies and Latin-American Studies from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership also from CSU. He worked for College Summit, a nation non-profit who's mission was to increase college enrollment rates in low-income communities. He held various roles in his tenure and most recently served as the Program Manager for College Summit Colorado where he helped rebuild a struggling region. In 2014 he decided to pursue a dream along with his wife, Blanca a nonprofit designed to empower young people to be Change Agents in their schools, families and communities. He feels the work he does in helping young people see their greatness and supporting them turn their dreams into realities is a direct call of how the Chicano and Civil Rights movements continues in present day America.