Exchange magazine recently named Diana Romero-Campbell, Mile High United Way’s Director of School Readiness, as an Exceptional Emerging Leader in Early Childhood Education across the globe. As a native of Colorado, a graduate of Denver Public Schools and mother to a 7th grader and a high school sophomore in Denver Public Schools, she is passionate about ensuring that all children in Metro Denver have access to the resources they need to start school ready to learn and thrive.
On May 21, the Downtown Denver Partnership honored our Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change with the Downtown Denver Annual Award. We were one of seven businesses and organizations to receive this reward for making a significant contribution toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse Downtown environment and making a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Denver.
Watch the Colorado Rockies take on the San Diego Padres and help support United Way!
This annual gathering of staff, volunteers, and supporters of the entire Colorado United Way network will kick-off with a tailgate near the stadium with food, drinks, games, raffles and live music.
Businesses and industry in Colorado need more skilled workers and qualified employees. Youth in Colorado need jobs. On May 7, Mile High United Way led the GradNation Workforce Summit to tackle these very issues and discuss how to create pathways for young Coloradans to succeed in school, work and life.
Candace, a local Denver resident, felt helpless as bills continued to mount and income became more and more limited. This situation happens all too often, and can even raise the question, “How am I going to feed my family tonight?” Instead of waiting until it was too late, she decided to take action and received the resources she needed to put food on the table.
Emily is hopeful about her future, but she didn’t always feel that way. Right now, Emily has stable housing. Her daughter attends a high-quality preschool, and Emily has a close relationship with her adoptive father. Connecting with Mile High United Way’s Bridging the Gap program has helped Emily map out a future that looks nothing like her past.
“Mr. Lewis changed everything!”
That bold statement was made by Chandra, mom to third grader and struggling reader, Layden.
“Layden struggled with reading. By third grade, it was clear that he was behind his peers. I was worried. We were trying to work on it at home, so I was thrilled when he was selected to work with Mr. Lewis through the Colorado Reading Corps program.”
Leticia came to the United States from Mexico when she was in her mid-20s along with her husband and infant daughter. “We moved to America seeking better opportunities and jobs. I wanted to raise my daughter somewhere she could grow up and realize her dreams. That wasn’t possible in Mexico. There were no jobs, limited access to education, no basic services.”
Now at the age of 47, with her daughter having recently graduated college and her 11-year-old son doing well in school, Leticia is able to focus on her new beginning.