Educating Children of Color

Counting down to the 2023 Summit


We’re Hiring!

ECOC is seeking an Executive Director with the following skills:

    • Proven ability to develop and execute financial strategies.
    • Experience running fundraising initiatives
    • Knowledge of volunteer recruitment and how to get individuals involved for the organization’s success.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit and regulatory best practices.
    • Organization and leadership skills.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.


    Our mission: To dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline for children of color and children in poverty through education

    In 2007, the Minority Over-representation Committee of the Best Practices Court decided to adopt a new approach to address the issue of minority over-representation across our systems.

    Our research documented that children and youth of color are more likely to be poor than their white peers; more likely to be involved in the child welfare system; more likely to age out of the foster care system without permanence; less likely to graduate on time; more likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system; and ultimately more likely to be involved in the adult system of justice.

    Based on that research our approach focuses on ensuring that children and youth have support to successfully achieve educational milestones as a key to escaping poverty and “our systems.”

    We made a goal to encourage all youth to pursue higher education, to support teachers to be successful educators, and educate parents on what it takes to be college ready and to hold your child and your child’s school accountable.

    The first Educating Children of Color Summit took place in January of 2008.  Approximately 350 educators, students, parents, and juvenile justice and child welfare professionals attended the first summit.

    Since then, attendance has increased dramatically. In 2019, there were in excess of 1700 in attendance to include 600 educators, 100 parents, 800 youth, 100 presenters and 100 volunteers.

    Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today
    Malcolm X

    Join with us

    Help us  to promote equity, inclusion and access to higher education, through scholarship awards, for youth in our community.

    To date, ECOC has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships and educational awards. 


    What we’re doing:
    Now and upcoming events

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    14 January, 2023

    The 16th Annual Summit is just around the corner!

    Over $150,000 in scholarships , $5,000 in Educational Gifts, $2,500 in Educator Grants, and 20 laptops were awarded! Thank you to our attendees, volunteers, and sponsors! We couldn’t do it without you!

    Online registration for the 2023 Summit has closed, but you can still attend! Register on-site the day of the event (January 14, at Colorado College)