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Reflections On My Summer At PEAK

I never would’ve expected to be so deeply impacted by an organization for which I almost missed the interview. Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it seems. First, let’s rewind to December of 2020: I applied to PEAK Parent Center through Colorado College’s Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP). Flash-forward two months, I was studying abroad in Granada, Spain. February 25, my interview day, did not go as planned, to say the least. I arrived at school that morning toRead more

Advice From Myrna Martin, A PEAK Parent Advisor

Today, we highlight the work of our newest Parent Advisor, Myrna Martin. Myrna joined the PEAK staff in May of 2019 as a Bilingual Parent Advisor so she’s worked pretty well to get her boots muddy in the march to give parents answers, resources, and more as they navigate their own advocacy journeys. Myrna first became involved with PEAK when she herself sought resources and advice from a Parent Advisor for her child. We recently interviewed Myrna about her journeyRead more

Consejos de Myrna Martin, una Asesora de Padres de PEAK

Hoy, destacamos el trabajo de nuestra nueva asesora de padres, Myrna Martin. Myrna se unió al equipo de PEAK en mayo de 2019 como Asesora Bilingüe de Padres, por lo que “arranco corriendo” en su misión de dar a los padres respuestas, recursos, y mas, para que ellos mismos naveguen su propio viaje de abogacía. Myrna se involucró por primera vez con PEAK cuando ella misma buscó recursos y consejos de un asesor de padres para su hijo. Recientemente entrevistamosRead more

Listening to Youth During COVID-19

PEAK continues our series in response to COVID-19 and its impact on education. The pandemic has and will continue to have a remarkable effect on youth and adolescents. For today’s blog, we touch on the work of Sherrell Bethel. Sherrell joined the PEAK team in 2019 as the Assistant Director of the RSA Shift Transition project and as a Youth Trainer and Mentor. She is passionate about giving all people an opportunity to be the best version of themselves andRead more

Talking to Your Teenager About COVID-19

In an ideal world, teens would seek their parents’ advice and comfort during troubling times. But, we know that’s not always the case. Parents are often the last people teenagers want to talk to when they’re stressed. And, even if they appear to be adjusting well, teenagers are likely being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This may be the first substantial crisis of their lifetime, and it is altering typical adolescent experiences such as playing sports or attending group activities.Read more
A few weeks ago, I began to search my social media feed for inspiration as to what PEAK should post for Independence Day. I came upon a quote from the Black Lives Matter movement’s official Facebook page, @BlackLivesMatter. It reads, “Each of our own liberation is tied to one another. We cannot be fully free until every member of our community is free. That is why we must be intentional and steadfast in centering the voices of the most marginalizedRead more

Let’s Open Our Doors and Make a Place for Everyone

The other day I got a phone call from a friend. We hadn’t spoken for some time. Our friendship sprouted in the summer of 2003 when my husband, our nearly one-year-old son, and I embarked on a move from the San Luis Valley to a remote area in Garfield County. That summer we became part of a community of friends that you simply don’t make every day. Over the course of our conversation, we looked back on those times andRead more