Education in the Community

Non-profits providing education for children in their community

Spark Change

Spark Change (through Young Americans Center for Education) empowers students to make a change with "change" through philanthropic giving and youth service learning.  In 2017-2018, Spark Change raised $56,224.04.  2018-2019 is board member Lindsey's fourth year as a volunteer coach at Park Hill Elementary.   Click here for more about last year's Spark Change for Oceans and Natural Disasters.

 2017-2018 Student Leaders interviewed (above) and ultimately presented a grant (below) to Oceans First Institute.
 2017-2018 Student Leaders interviewed (above) and ultimately presented a grant (below) to Oceans First Institute.

2017-2018 Student Leaders interviewed (above) and ultimately presented a grant (below) to Oceans First Institute.

 In 2016-2017, Spark Change raised $50,029.25 for 68 charities and funded 41 service projects. Lindsey's son was one of the student leaders for Park Hill Elementary.

In 2016-2017, Spark Change raised $50,029.25 for 68 charities and funded 41 service projects. Lindsey's son was one of the student leaders for Park Hill Elementary.


Escuela De Guadalupe

Escuela De Guadalupe is a nationally recognized Pre-K to middle school independent, dual-language Catholic school was founded in 1999 in north Denver as a response to the community's determination to improve educational opportunity to children.  Board member, Dick, is a current board member for Escuela and board member, Lindsey, is a former Centus board member, who offers counseling and testing services to uncover and address such issues as developmental and learning challenges, family disruption and discipline issues for Escuela’s students through the Centus School Counseling program.


PeaceJam Rocky Mountain

For over 22 years, PeaceJam Rocky Mountain has committed to creating positive change in young leaders, their communities and the world. PeaceJam Rocky Mountain offers education programs throughout the Denver Metro area. Board member, Lindsey, will be on the 2019 Volunteer Leadership Team.


Adelante Foundation, Inc. 

From 2004 to 2018, board member, Dick served on the Adelante Foundation, Inc. board. Adelante’s mission is to provide small business and education loans to provide opportunity to the rural poor in Honduras.  Adelante's values are Unity, Discipline, Hard Work and Courage. In October 2017, Dick, fellow board member, Lindsey, her son, and members of the Denver Cherry Creek Rotary Club visited Adelante and other non-profits in Honduras.  


Jonathan Holtzinger Scholarship Award of Excellence 

Jonathan Holtzinger Scholarship Award of Excellence honors Jon's commitment to North High School and mentorship in the community he so loved.  Jon was a dear friend of our family who passed away on June 12, 2012.  We miss him and remember his life lessons every day. 


Children's Center at PHUMC

Since her son was two years old, the Children's Center at PHUMC has been a part of board member, Lindsey’s family.  In February 2017, after teaching children for 37 years, the beloved teacher Peter McInerney passed away.  The joy he brought Lindsey's family during some of the hardest times - and every day! - will be cherished always. 


Museo de las Americas 

Museo de las Americas educates the community about Latino Americano art and culture from through innovative exhibitions and programs.  As a teacher, board member, Elisabeth, has taken many fifth-graders on field trips to the museum, which has been able to host the students free of charge.  The museum also brings experiences to Elisabeth's school - a great way for students to meet learning objectives in an interactive way.  


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo connects people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action.  Board member, Douglas, believes through support of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo that it can make a positive impact on the world in its protection of endangered animals.