Role of Parents in Collective Impact

On June 11, 2014, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With No Comments

What is the role of parents in collective impact? Too often parents are seen as the problem instead of as partners in finding to the solution to student academic success. We make assumptions about parents instead of giving them a voice to explain their hopes and dreams for their children….

Cradle to Career Pathway for Student Success

On June 9, 2014, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

How do we bridge the achievement gap in east central Jefferson County and help kids growing up in poverty succeed in school? How can Jefferson High School in Edgewater compete academically with D’Evelyn High School in the suburbs? We believe the answer lies in bringing together all community stakeholders around…

The Biggest Hurdle for Collective Impact Success

On June 9, 2014, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

The Denver Post recently profiled one of the great nonprofits that we work with here in Edgewater. Open World Learning teaches children how to code on the computer. One of their students at Edgewater Elementary, eleven year old Marlene Alba, explained her dream “I want to be an astrophysicist when…

We Made It to Middle School!

On May 11, 2014, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

So far this year, we’ve raised $24,500 and made it to middle school! Over the next few months, I am working with various partners to build our Leadership Council for the cradle to career pathway. Already I am seeing the benefit of having a backbone entity like Edgewater Collective whose main purpose is…

GECC Merges with Edgewater Collective

On May 8, 2014, Posted by , In News, By , , With No Comments

The Greater Edgewater Community Connection (GECC) began as a group of stakeholders with an interest in improving the lives of families and children within the greater Edgewater community, specifically with a focus on vulnerable and underserved populations.  GECC’s formation was established by the Jefferson County Department of Human Services’ Jeffco…

Jefferson High School Students Win Saint Tank Competition

On May 6, 2014, Posted by , In News, By , , With No Comments

On April 14, students from Jefferson High School in Edgewater competed for two monetary awards in the Saint Tank competition. Drawing inspiration from ABC’s Shark Tank, students developed business ideas that would benefit the Edgewater community. Local business leaders, Grant Babb of Joyride Brewing Company and Caitlin Bell of Bellco Credit…

Inaugural Edgewater 5k a Success!

On May 5, 2014, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

The weather was perfect for the inaugural Edgewater 5k. Over 130 people registered for the race and over $2700 was raised for our cradle to career initiative. Runners even had the chance to scope out the citywide garage sale as they ran through Edgewater. Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers…

Collective Impact for Cradle to College and Career

What if we could create a continuum of support and empowerment for children from birth to college and career? What if business leaders, community members, local governments and nonprofits worked together to see an impact that couldn’t be achieved alone? By the time children start kindergarten in Edgewater, they don’t…

Why Edgewater Collective Isn’t Faith Based

On July 23, 2013, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

Over the past couple of months, I have been investing a good amount of time in launching Edgewater Collective. Thankfully, the mistakes and lessons learned from starting, maintaining and closing a coffee bar has helped me in starting this new venture. This time around I am seeking advice from those who…