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Metro State President Keynotes Youth Leadership Brunch


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: April 1, 2010



(Denver, Colo.) — President Stephen Jordan speaks to Colorado's future leaders at the OpenWorld Learning Leadership Brunch on Friday, April 2, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Phipps Mansion.

OpenWorld Learning is a nonprofit organization that supports children's school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. The brunch is part of the organization's first youth leadership symposium, and serves as an opportunity for today's Colorado business leadership to influence 40 potential youth leaders.

Jordan's keynote "will give perspective beyond attending and graduating from college," says Lea Ann Reitzig, OpenWorld Learning managing director. "A lot (of the attendees) will be the first in their families to attend college. They are super excited about participating in the brunch and symposium."

Top community and business leaders have purchased tickets for the brunch for both themselves and a student. During the brunch the 40 students—3rd through 8th grade—will not only have the opportunity to share their experiences with their host, but will also have the chance to ask questions about leadership.

To qualify for the symposium, the students, who attend OpenWorld Learning year-round, wrote essays reflecting on their knowledge of leadership. They explained why they believe they can be a strong leader and who their role model is in the state of Colorado.

The essay contest winner, a 5th grader from Creek Side Elementary in Boulder, will be partnered with Jordan. He wins a $250 starter scholarship fund for college from College Invest and will read his essay at the Leadership Brunch.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with students who have expressed their desire to be leaders," says Jordan, who, after his keynote, will introduce Luis, the essay contest winner. "Also, it's a great day when you can serve as an opening act to Colorado's future."

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 23,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.

About OpenWorld Learning
OpenWorld Learning is an independent nonprofit organization that supports children's school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. Since inception the organization has proudly served more than 3,200 students, including 696 students who received approximately 100,000 program support hours annually. For more information visit: www.openworldlearning.org/