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Our Team

Meet the team dedicated to dismantling the cradle-to-prison pipeline.

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Regina Walter


Pioneering Equitable Justice through Community Engagement

Embodying the spirit of service, Judge Regina Walter has dedicated her life to making a difference. With an illustrious judicial career spanning over three decades, she held esteemed positions as a juvenile magistrate, county court judge, and deputy public defender.


It was during her time on the bench that Judge Walter confronted unsettling data highlighting the disproportionate and harsh prosecution of children of color. Driven by self-reflection, she founded the Minority Overrepresentation Committee and Educating Children of Color, fostering community unity and awareness about prevailing biases and unjust judgments.

Dr. Marissa Prince

Executive Director

Nurturing Growth and Healing Paths to Success
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Dr. Marissa Prince is a Colorado native and spent the majority of her youth in Fountain, Colorado. She is a first-generation American, as well as, a first-generation college graduate. She was a teen mother and acted out violently throughout her youth. As an adult Marissa recognized the gap in culturally inclusive programming. Therefore, her mission became to be the person she needed when she was young.


Marissa has spent her career working in higher education, inpatient facilities, and providing mental health services for foster care children. She is excited to continue her work with Leadership Academy, and hopes to assist our youth and college mentors in their growth, ultimately dismantling the cradle-to-prison pipeline. 

Board Members

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.


Fueling the fire of justice and closing opportunity gaps for all people.


Igniting resilience, courage, and endless possibilities.


Illuminating minds, unlocking potential, and paving brighter pathways.

Our Impact

With the help of the partners, donors, volunteers, and more

we have been reaching new heights as an organization. It is important we practice maximum transparency as we expand our horizons to reach more students, educators, and other professionals across Colorado's education landscape.


While it is challenging to measure the actual, intrinsic impact we are making on the lives of our participants, we are proud to report these metrics:


Major Sponsors in 2023

We pride ourselves in the partnerships we make with corporate entities and foundations across the state. With their help our fight to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline through education becomes more attainable.


Awarded Scholarship Funds 

Our scholarship fund continues to grow year after year, and, to date, we've granted close to $550,000 in scholarship funds to students who participate in our programs like Leadership Academy. 


2023 Summit Participants

Between the 100+ volunteers, 80+ speakers, and 942 participants (big and small) our Summit was comprised of more than 1,000 people — learning about our mission and how to accomplish our vision.

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Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today

Malcolm X

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