Brian Barhaugh, Co-Founder - Brian has been working with young people for more than twenty years! He started out as a General Contractor and found his calling when hevolunteered teaching inner-city youth construction skills. Not long after he became the Founder and Executive Director of YouthBiz, Inc. where he served for 14 years. In 2007, he co-founded Project VOYCE, and has remained at the helm here ever since. In his spare time he grows an amazing organic garden and enjoys spending time with his family. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dayna Scott, Executive Director - Dayna has always had a passion for positive youth development! During her own teen years she was part of a group called Youth to Youth of Ohio that focused on helping students make healthy choices and become positive role models for their peers. As an adult she got to utilize the skills she learned as a teen and served for two decades as the Director and later Grants Manager for a non-profit in Vermont called Connecting Youth. While at CY she worked on many projects “with, not for” youth, including leadership retreats, parent-teen dialogue nights, youth-adult mentoring, and the See Why Teen Theater Improv Troupe. Dayna loves to laugh and her hobbies include theater improv, dance, yoga, skiing, cooking and reading. Dayna joined Project VOYCE in April of 2013. email@example.com
Shelby Gonzales Parker, Co-Training Director and Site Coordinator - Shelby’s life was headed in a dangerous direction in middle school. Fortunately a remarkable teacher connected with her. Seeking a school that fit her culture and her voracious desire to learn, she attended 4 different schools before graduating from one of Denver’s newest charter schools as the first Valedictorian. She is a single mom and has just entered Metro State University where her career goal is to be a teacher. In addition to being a Trainer at Project VOYCE , she was the sole student representative on the State Council of Educator Effectiveness appointed by Bill Ritter from 2010 to 2012. firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillip Douglas, Project Specialist - Phillip’s family has been decimated by drugs and violence. Despite overwhelming odds he graduated from Denver’s Manual High School right before it was closed down for under-performance With a Daniels scholarship he started college in a predominantly white college in south-western Colorado. Cultural issues and further family crises caused him to choose to leave college and return to Denver to help his family. His family connections led him into trouble for which he paid a serious price. Undeterred, he has become the Founder of CHESS Challenging How Every Student Strategizes where he is teaching students how to play chess and the importance of Making A Chess Move in their own lives and an inspiring youth Mentor/Consultant at Project VOYCE where he focuses on engaging disengaged youth in their schools.
Samantha Lobato, Co-Training Director and Site Coordinator – Samantha is a Co – Director of Training at Project VOYCE and a Site Coordinator at CEC Middle College of Denver. All of her life she has liked school and has excelled in academics. Growing up, she was very shy throughout her childhood, but has begun to find herself and come out of her shell after being with Project VOYCE for four years. Samantha is a very strong and motivated student who has a large interest in film and photography, although her career goal is to be a Math Teacher. She is now attending the University of Denver. email@example.com
Uche Ohaya, Site Coordinator - As an adolescent, Uche never really understood the power of her voice. Having felt as though middle school was a wasted three years of her life, she went on to attend a more challenging high school in hopes of new-found knowledge and something different. Up until her freshman year of high school at DSST, Uche was more timid than outspoken. It was the Spring semester of 2007 when she found out about the power of a student’s voice. Project VOYCE was Uche’s first job at age 14 as she joined the second PV crew. The excitement that came with a first job fueled a passion that she hasn’t let go of since. Finding her voice enabled Uche to not only positively shape her high school experience but to impact her community from high school, on to her undergraduate studies. Uche attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for two years and recently returned in the Summer of 2012 to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is currently a Youth Leader and Site Coordinator for the Noel Community Arts School at Project VOYCE. Uohaya@gmail.com
Sir Martin, Site Manager - Involved at Project VOYCE since the summer of 2010, Sir Martin has made some big life changes. “Make your next move your best move,” became his model after being sent to jail for drug charges. PV welcomed his return and supported him in many ways during his metamorphosis from a hardcore gang member to a meta-cognitive team-member of PV. Today, he is currently attending the University of Colorado Denver and will major in business. In his free time he enjoys making chess moves on the board and off and spending time with loved ones, particularly his son who happens also to be named Sir.
Brea Harris, Executive Intern – “Joining Project VOYCE has helped me overcome the stereotypes that are against me.” Brea grew up thinking she did not have a voice. All throughout her childhood she was taught to listen and not speak in the presence of an adult. When she began going to school at CEC Middle College she was given the chance to join the Project VOYCE(PV) class, and she has not left PV since. Brea’s life goal is to teach in an inner city school as an American History teacher, and also open a non-profit organization that helps students who want to become a teacher find resources and provide them with the experience to teach. In her free time Brea enjoys listening to music, spending time with loved ones, and cooking for her family.
Gabrielle Ohaya, Office Manager - Inspired by the lessons she learning through Project VOYCE as a youth trainee and trainer, Gabbi went on to Colorado State University where she received a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Never forgetting her passion for education reform, Gabbi recently reconnected with Project VOYCE and was able to earn the office manager position. Excited by her return to Project VOYCE and the opportunity to work with the youth, Gabbi is devoted to being a good role model as well as a helping hand. Gabbi enjoys reading, crocheting, and attending slam poetry events in her free time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Caiti Glasgo, Vista Volunteer - Caiti graduated from Colorado State University in May of 2013 with a degree in Biology. She found her passion for development in college after working with various non-profits nationwide through Alternative Spring Break and holding various leadership positions surrounding philanthropy. Caiti is an Americorp VISTA volunteer that will be working with Project VOYCE on fund capacity building over the next year. She is a dedicated Rockies fan, and enjoys reading and practicing yoga in her free time. email@example.com
2014 PV Youth Trainers
Daniel Chavez, Nakayla Pierce, Toni Horton, Monique Lobato
2014 Apprentice Youth Trainers
Isaiah Singleton, Jose Flores, Mariah Lobato, Naimah Bellamy, Griselda Araujo