Brian Barhaugh, Co-Founder(Now Retired) – Brian has been working with young people for more than twenty years! He started out as a General Contractor and found his calling when he volunteered 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 with Brooke Brown. He remained until 2013, when he officially retired. Now that he is retired he spends his time growing an amazing organic garden and enjoying 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 joined Project VOYCE in April of 2013. email@example.com
Shelby Gonzales Parker, Training Director and Project Manager – 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, Site Coordinator and Project Specialist - Phillip’s family has been decimated by drugs and violence. Despite overwhelming odds, he graduated from Denver’s Manual High School. With a Daniels scholarship he began college in a predominantly white college in south-western Colorado. Cultural issues and further family crises caused him to leave school and return to Denver to help his family. His family connections led him into trouble for which he paid a serious price. Undeterred, he is now a Site Coordinator for Project VOYCE and founded CHESS (Challenging How Every Student Strategizes) where students learn the importance of “Making A Chess Move” (MACM) in their own lives.
Samantha Lobato, Media and Marketing Specialist – 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. Up until her freshman year of high school at DSST, she was more timid than outspoken. It was the Spring of 2007 when she discovered Project VOYCE. This was her first job at the age of 14 and she joined the second PV crew. The excitement that came with a first job fueled an on-going passion for Uche. Finding her voice enabled her not only to positively shape her high school experience but to impact her community as well. Uche attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for two years and recently returned to Denver to attend Metropolitan State University She is currently a Site Coordinator at Project VOYCE.
Sir Martin, Site Coordinator- 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 motto 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 create a non-profit organization that helps students who want to become teachers.
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 spending time outdoors and catching-up with friends in her free time. email@example.com
Destiny Carney, Site Coordinator – Destiny has been in Project VOYCE for three years and is a Site-Coordinator at our partner school Denver Center for 21st Century Learning. When she noticed things weren’t working out for her at a traditional high school Destiny transferred to DC21 where she was introduced to the Project VOYCE chapter team and was truly inspired. She has since then graduated (Class of 2013) and is now leading the chapter team at DC21 with her mentor/co-worker Shelby Gonzales-Parker.
2014 PV Youth Trainers
Nakayla Pierce, Toni Horton, Monique Lobato, Isaiah Singleton, Mariah Lobato