MEET THE APPRENTICES
our city's next generation of homegrown leaders
At Prodigy, young adults study the craft of coffee and activate their inherent greatness. These are your next generation leaders, here to go forth and enrich the city.
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MEET THE LEADERSHIP
Founder and Executive Director
Steph grew up in a military family, moving every few years to Army bases around the country. At a young age she became acutely aware of her privilege, which expounded when she moved to Milwaukee to study theology at 18, the first major city she called home. Her most salient experience was working in alternative schools in Denver for eight years, building relationships with kids dropping out. Here she saw firsthand how our culture tell us deep and destructive fallacies about why people drop out of school--how we blame the young people. But she witnessed a devastating truth: our educational institutions have failed them. Schools are designed for the industrial era, are highly discriminatory, inequitable and ineffective.
She became convinced a seismic shift needed to occur. In 2015 she founded Prodigy Ventures, a network of social enterprises that believes every young person is prodigious and intrinsically motivated to learn. Prodigy hires young adults who have been marginalized into apprenticeship, and activates their inherent greatness. Here apprentices learn how to learn, how to teach, and experience healing.
As Executive Director, Prodigy is Steph’s life work and activism. She sees her form of activism as “elevating that which she loves” and building a more equitable economy with 'community wealth-building' principles.
Steph holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and is an altMBA graduate. She was a Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business finalist and also serves on the Board of Wyatt Academy. As a 2020 Livingston Fellow she is dedicated to exploring and understanding her role as a leader in building more equitable work and learning spaces. Steph and Prodigy were honored to receive the 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award, $200,000 for organizations leading the charge to address tough issues related to economic mobility.