"I was truly reinvigorated by these students. Their complex backgrounds, personal stories and professional ambition not only floored me, but left me truly excited for this next generation of leaders."
-NOAH, AO VOLUNTEER
Georgia Montoya, Board Member
Today Georgia is a civil rights attorney for the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and lives on a Denver street that she distinctly remembers from her school bus route as a child. Georgia grew up in one of the most economically and environmentally disadvantaged neighborhoods in Denver. She started her days very early to take part in a busing program to desegregate DPS and remembers marveling at the difference between where she lived and the more affluent parts of Denver as she commuted across the city. A stand-out scholar-athlete, when Georgia received an award from Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, her parents were not able to attend the ceremony so her teachers stood in for them. She has a deep and personal understanding of the challenges in our students and families' lives, and an equal understanding of the way forward for talented first-gen college students. She is passionate about helping our students define their paths and especially enjoys hosting job shadowing opportunities for them.
We offered 39 job shadowing opportunities across a diverse range of industries and organizations, thanks to professionals volunteering their time.
203 volunteers joined AO for one or more of the 8 unique opportunities to help our students.
Over 3,400 generous hours spent helping students on projects like resume reviews, mock interviews and personal budgeting.