COMMUNITY IMPACT

"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

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GEORGIA'S STORY

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.

In 
2019:

39

We offered 39 job shadowing opportunities across a diverse range of industries and organizations, thanks to professionals volunteering their time.

203

203 volunteers joined AO for one or more of the 8 unique opportunities to help our students. 

3,462

Over 3,400 generous hours spent helping students on projects like resume reviews, mock interviews and personal budgeting.

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