DSF Alumni Amplify Peer Voices in Community

By Perla Bustillos Engagement Manager Ednium: The Alumni Collective  There is no better feeling than seeing Denver Public Schools (DPS) alumni hold important decision-making positions in our communities. It is even more empowering when an alumnus has overcome significant adversity in life and owns their story to positively uplift and impact others. Graduates of the first Ednium: The Alumni Collective cohort ... Read More

Navigating to College in the COVID-19 World

For high school seniors like Anavelle Hernandez, the pandemic has created new obstacles to overcome on the journey to college. The spaces where college conversations and preparation normally take place—including the DSF Future Center at Abraham Lincoln High School—closed in March for the remainder of the school year. But with the virtual support of DSF College Advisors Emma Kepes and Luis Antezana Alba, Anavelle is still on track … Read More

Scholars Help Ease Transition to College for Graduating High Schoolers

Denver Scholarship Foundation

DSF Scholars Daniela Arroyo and Jackeline Paz-Perlera realize the time between high school and college can get hectic. Figuring out your class schedule— or even knowing what building to be in next—can be overwhelming for incoming first-year college students. That’s why Daniela and Jackeline signed up to be peer mentors with College Works, a program of Metropolitan State University of … Read More

Letter to Class of 2020 from a fellow senior

Dear Class of 2020,  We were all shocked to hear the news on Friday, March 13, that we would not be returning to school. We had walked down those halls, gone out to lunch with our friends, and sat in our last high school class for the last time without even knowing it. We were unsure of our future, or … Read More

DSF Alumna keeps young students connected during COVID-19

As a paraprofessional at Swansea Elementary, a typical workday for Liliana Flores includes storytime and show-and-tell. In her role, Liliana works with first-grade students. Though her school has transitioned to remote learning, Liliana is making sure her young students are still able to experience the highlights of first grade by keeping them connected. A students-first philosophy A DSF Alumna and … Read More

DSF Scholar Organizes Food Delivery

DSF Scholar Kai Suematsu is connecting local businesses with community members in need of food resources during the coronavirus crisis. As the co-founder of the Kobu Foundation, Kai mobilizes a volunteer team to deliver boxes of food to families who sign up on the Kobu Foundation’s website. Adapting in a time of need “At the time of the outbreak we … Read More

DSF Scholar Serves on Front Lines While Finishing College Degree

When DSF Scholar Maria Mendoza-Armendariz isn’t serving the community at the STRIDE Community Health Center as a patient navigator, she can be found at home, spending time with family or studying for her final round of exams. As a senior at the University of Colorado Denver, Maria balances a full course load while working full-time on the front lines through … Read More

DSF Alumnus Equips Community with Resources

DSF Alumnus Ousman Ba is helping families navigate systems to ensure they are receiving critical services during the COVID-19 outbreak. As remote learning is taking place and employment is impacted, Ousman helps organize outreach to community members in need in his role as program coordinator for the African Leadership Group (ALG). “Every Friday for the past three weeks, we’ve delivered 150 … Read More

Cooking Up a Career in the Food Industry

DSF Scholar Alma Torales-Gomez has all the ingredients needed for a successful career in the food industry. From the DSF Future Center at DCIS Montbello to the classrooms at Johnson & Wales University, Alma is well on her way to achieving her dream of opening a bakery. “I’ve always liked to cook,” shares Alma. “My goal is to open a … Read More

For DSF Alumna, Mentorship Matters

Impostor syndrome can make or break a first-generation college student’s experience. Like many students who are the first in their family to attend college, Diana Casillas tackled self-doubt in her freshman year at Colorado State University (CSU). In the transition to a new environment, Diana discovered that connections and community can make the difference between surviving—or thriving—in college.  “Being away from family was new,” remembers Diana. “My first year … Read More