Greeley is a community that is passionate about student success. As the school year begins, I would like to highlight some of the programs that set our youth on a path to realizing a prosperous future and attaining their dreams.
Our community has made a commitment to help our youth achieve excellence. The principled relationships we have built between the city government, schools, and the business sector have allowed us to create programs like ACE (Achieving Community Excellence). Its purpose is to bring people together to address issues bigger than themselves.
ACE-supported programs such as the College Promise, Early College High School, Career Pathways, and Weld County’s Bright Futures, are all about giving our youth every opportunity we can to help them succeed. The Career Pathway’s Internship Program, for example, started in 2014 with just 11 student interns. In 2018, that number increased to nearly 200.
Coming up next month, students will have yet another opportunity. College Goal Sunday provides help for students and their families with applying for federal student aid and scholarships for higher education. There will be a College Goal Sunday event on October 28, 2018, at the Riverside Library in Evans. Students will be able to get assistance and information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Bright Futures Grants, Aims Community College, University of Northern Colorado, other area colleges and universities, and local scholarships.
If we can keep the momentum of the efforts made to help our students, there is no limit to what our community will be able to achieve in the future. I often refer to our youth as our “Crown Jewels.” I genuinely believe that and I am proud to be able to work with so many people, businesses, and organizations that overcome barriers in order to help our students achieve.
When our youth succeed, the entire community succeeds.