Our Mission

To dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline for children of color,
and children in poverty, through education.

"Act Now for YOUth!"

is the theme of our 8th annual Summit!
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Colorado College

What We Do

Our programs include ACT prep, Diversity University, and the annual Summit, which brings noted speakers to Colorado Springs and awards scholarships and laptop computers to high school students. 

Video about the Summit (provided by Rampart High School)



Poster contest for the next Summit

We would like to extend an invitation to each student to create a poster that represents the theme of the 2015 ECOC Summit “ACT NOW FOR YOUth!". The image of the poster should be 400-600 dpi and sent electronically with any comments or questions by e-mail to becky@rebeccamyers.com

Deadline for submissions is November 25, 2014

Posters will be judged by community artists and art professionals for clarity, creativity and unique design. We will notify the winner within two weeks after the deadline. This poster image will appear on all ECOC Summit media and programs and professional graphic prints will be given to our presenters.

In the last seven years:

We have awarded $74,000 in scholarships and 72 laptops to students who attend. The money for those awards is raised through generous gifts from community members and from professional people who have registered for the Summit. We invite you to help us with this effort, either through a donation or as a volunteer.


Educating Children of Color is a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. A receipt is provided for any donation.

If you would prefer to work as a volunteer, please contact Belenda Cornelius at Pikes Peak Community College: belenda.cornelius@ppcc.edu

Here are downloadable files about the Summit you can pass on to your circle of friends:
English version / Spanish version

If you represent an organization with a special interest in the education and success of our youth and would like to be a vendor at the Summit, please contact Mannie Pedraza at this address: mmpedraza@msn.com