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2015 Summer Interns

Talaya Banks

Talaya is a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado. She is studying psychology and anthropology. In her free time, she likes to watch Greys Anatomy and work on vision boards. Her favorite book is 'Tears of a Tiger' by Sharon Draper. She is constantly trying new things. Her spirit animal would be a caterpillar because they are herbivores and constantly in a state of transformation. In her spare time, she likes to do yoga and go to brunch with her sister and mom.


Crystal Camargo

Crystal is a recent graduate at the University of Denver (DU), and a Denver Area native. This spring she received her B.A. in Gender & Women Studies, Spanish and International Studies. During her time at DU, Crystal has served as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar Chapter Coordinator, as well a Pioneer Initiative Visit Outreach Student Coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Excellence. Crystal’s passion lies with Women and Girl issue, as well as helping historically underrepresented communities gain access to educational resources and tools. Her future goal is to work for a women’s non-profit that strives to empower women through education. Crystal is excited to be the Community Initiatives and Investment Intern, as it will allow her to grow personally and professionally while being surrounded by talented staff. 


Jamil Elfhadi

Jamil is an undergraduate entering his third year at McDaniel College where he has been heavily involved in community organizing and engagement. With the help of fellow students and key professors he was able to organize monthly town-hall-style meetings to help create a more transparent campus between students, professors, and administrators. He is working towards a double major in International Relations and Arabic.
As the son of a Muslim immigrant from Morocco, Jamil quickly recognized some of the hurdles that many vulnerable groups face in the United States and hoped that he could one day alleviate some of these inequities. During his high school years, he became more involved in volunteer based work where he became more aware of the fight for social, racial, and economic justice, as well as his own privilege. He is thrilled to be applying his previous knowledge and experience towards a meaningful internship at Chinook Fund where he is helping with marketing and communications.

When he is not working, Jamil likes to bike and play music with friends. He really loves to play Jazz, Blues, and Progressive Rock in particular. If he had to pick, his spirit animal would be a panda. He cannot wait to learn more about social justice and the nonprofit world during his summer at Chinook Fund!


Alyssa Estrada

Alyssa was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and moved to Denver to attend University of Colorado-Denver. She will be a junior at UCD during Fall 2015 and is pursuing a Communication degree with minors in Writing, Leadership Studies, and prospectively Social Justice. In her undergraduate program, Alyssa is a member of the University of Honors and Leadership Program, member of the Denver Bound Scholarship Program, is a Presidential Scholarship Awardee, and has been on the Dean's List since freshman year. 

She has been selected to be a 2015 Denver Foundation Nonprofit Intern with Denver Foundation's host organization: City Year Denver. Alyssa hopes to apply her academic background and professional skills as a past youth leader of Building Community Capacity for Educational Excellence (educational equity project launched in New Mexico) and as a Resident Assistant at Campus Village Apartments (student apartments for the Auraria Campus). Alyssa plans on becoming a professional employee at a nonprofit organization after completing her undergraduate degree and is looking forward to the hands-on learning experience that the Denver Foundation and City Year Denver has to offer.

Elise Flores

Elise is a multiracial woman of color who recently graduated with high honors at the University of Northern Colorado with Communication Studies and Sociology. She enjoys tutoring, volunteering, playing volleyball and dodgeball,and learning Modern, Latin, and Pacific Islander dancing. She does her best to bring humor to different situations and live a joyous and mindful life. She is grateful for this opportunity with the Denver Foundation and the Hope Center and she is excited to learn a lot, make connections, and be a catalyst for positive social change and growth.

Paloma Gonzalez

I am a 25 year old business student at Metro State University.  I am interning at Heart and Hand Center where I get to hang out with kids all day, help be a resource for families in need, and get to learn the behind the scenes work of a non-profit. During the school year I keep myself busy by running my own business, which is a Taekwondo program.  I am an apprentice at a Christian Urban Leadership program called Issachar.  I volunteer at different places such as Save Our Youth, Hope Academy, and Christ Lutheran Church youth group.  Working at these locations is preparing me to run my own non-profit one day working with at risk youth.

Next fall I plan on moving to California to pursue my Master's degree in Social Work at Azusa Pacific University.
During my free time I enjoy watching Netflix, eating chocolate, and kicking people in the head during my Taekwondo competitions.  That probably explains why I love Mulan so much.  She is my favorite "superhero." She's cute, nice, and innocent, but she will beat someone up. A word that best describes me is "fighter." Not just because that is what I do, but I am a fighter in life.  I never give up, and I fight to make my dreams come true.     

Steven Gordy

Steven is a Colorado Native currently attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is working toward a double major in sociology and ethnic studies, along with a minor in education. On campus, he is involved with a Latino-based fraternity,  Sigma Lambda Beta and also works for a resource center on campus called SORCE, which works to outreach and retain underrepresented students on the CU Boulder campus. As a first generation Chicano male, he understands how difficult it can be to navigate the system, which has fostered his passions for social justice and educational equity. After he graduates, he would like to work with youth in promoting them to go on to higher education or as a juvenile interventionist to work with them in finding alternative paths so that they are not sent directly into the criminal legal system. 


He enjoys meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music. He is excited to work with his non-profit, RISE Colorado, and The Denver Foundation this summer and looks forward to enhancing his skills, making memories, and giving back to the communities he will be working with. 

Ashanti Gosha

Ashanti is a senior at Colorado State University, and is an ethnic study major with a minor in French. She is interested in exploring the ways in which various ethnic groups are treated in society, their role in their community and the world, and ways in which those groups can fight the barriers placed on them. She hopes to gain a greater sense of leadership, team building, and community involvement during her  internship with The Denver Foundation. In the future, she hopes to be able to work with or create a nonprofit that helps uplift and encourage women of color, as well as traveling to France to continue my French studies.  Her hobbies include reading, learning French, listening to music, and relaxing via social media sites. 


Alejandra Hernandez

Alejandra was born and raised in Denver. She is the oldest of four sisters and the first in her family to attend college. She just finished her first year at Colorado College as a Bridge Scholar, where she will be majoring in Feminist and Gender Studies on a Pre-med track.

Aside from academics, Alejandra is a cabinet member within SOMOS and an active member in Cool Science and Salsa Club. She is passionate about working with her community and particularly enjoys working with her local church, St. Dominic Catholic Parish of Denver. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine specializing in pediatrics. Alejandra is looking forward to working with and serving community members within the Denver area.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family.


Jose Miguel Jara-Garcia

Miguel was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is the first in his family to attend college. He is a rising junior at the University of Colorado- Denver. His major is Human Development & Family Relations through the School of Education & Human Development. He is concentrating in pre-HESA (Higher Education Student Affairs) and minoring in communication.
Miguel is passionate about serving his community, and is humble about his contributions. Since December, he has continued to help his family and community members schedule appointments and translate the process of receiving a driver license/permit with the help of Senate Bill 251.

Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

Kaitlyn is a rising junior at the University of California, Berkeley but she still calls Denver home. She studies earth science and science journalism because she loves nothing more than chasing butterflies on a sunny ridge, understanding the stratigraphy of a beautiful rock formation, and understanding the biology of a mushroom. The process of synthesizing that information into a piece of writing, a drawing, or a video sparks her "flow state" and is her greatest passion.

She strongly believes access to and understanding of the natural world deeply impacts on the psyches of both children and adults and thus green space should be a fundamental human right.


Diego Chance Lebeau

Chance is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder. Graduating from Boulder High School Chance then attended Front Range Community College. Before transferring to Metropolitan State University of Denver, he participated in City Year. Serving at Charles M. Schenck Community School, he provided support in a third-grade classroom during the 2013/14 school year. Currently Chance is pursuing his degree in Chicana/o Studies with a minor in Native American Studies. This summer he will be interning with Warren Village, a non-profit working with single-parent low-income families to attain and sustain economic and personal self-sufficiency. The product of a single-parent home he is excited to join the Warren Village community and support in their mission. After graduating, he would like to work in Non-Profit before pursuing his long-term goal/passion of teaching elementary school in an urban setting.

In his free time, Chance likes to cook, go for walks, and read. One of his prized possessions is his iPod Classic which homes his growing library of 8,000+ songs. If he’s not testing out a recipe or looking for new music, you’ll likely find him glued to a horror movie.


Lauren Martinez

Being a Colorado native, Lauren Martinez graduated from Arrupe Jesuit High School in 2012. Pursuing higher education at Regis University, she is currently a Senior studying the Art of Communication with a Minor in Sociology and working towards her Conflict Management Undergraduate Certificate. Lauren is the Communications Intern at The Denver Foundation and will be graduating May of 2016. Working in the Communications Department Lauren implements social media strategies, oversees media publications, works with the logistics of event planning, and is learning more about design projects.

Lauren hopes to one day run a non-profit catered to first-generation students, like herself, in institutions across the country. Lauren is passionate about working with underprivileged youth in low-income neighborhoods. On her spare time Lauren likes to have sleepovers full of popcorn and movies with her siblings, as she is the oldest of five.


John Moore

John is a freshman studying Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is  from Fort Collins, Colorado and loves what the area has to offer. He is an avid skier and really enjoys all things related to the outdoors. In his free time he enjoys going to concerts, doing activities outside, and hanging out with good people. As an intern for The Denver Foundation he is looking forward to the opportunities he will have to positively impact the community, and is excited to meet everyone hw will be working with. 

Rory Moore

Rory Moore is from Northglenn, CO. He is twenty years old and is a sophomore at the University of Denver studying Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. He is in pursuit of four minors; Leadership Studies, Biology, Chemistry, and Music Performance in Voice. He is a Daniels Fund Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar Class of 2013. At the University of Denver, he is President of the Black Student Alliance, Junior Class Senator for the Undergraduate Student Government, External Chair for Diversity Committee, and Excelling Leaders Institute Assistant Coordinator at the Center For Multicultural Excellence. Even with these roles, he strives to do the best that he can. He is an achiever, determined, responsible, and caring individual. On a side note, he loves to run, hike, and socialize with his friends. 

Amber Roberts

Amber's passion for working with nonprofits began at the early age of 13 with her involvement with the local nonprofit organization, YouthBiz. Through her involvement, Amber was not only able to grow personally and professionally, but she also had the opportunity to empower other young people in her community as well. Today, Amber finds that her heart still belongs in the nonprofit sector. She hopes to use her involvement in nonprofits as her vehicle for leaving a lasting impact on her community as well as those who reside within it. Amber hopes to one day own her own nonprofit organization, where she will be able to continue enhance the lives of those in her community.

Christopher White

Chris was born in Denver, Colorado and has lived here all of his life. He is majoring in Peace and Justice Studies as well as Business Administration at Regis University. He hopes to use his education and experience to help improve the lives of at risk youth. He enjoys playing hockey and guitar in his free time.

Misha White

Misha is from Colorado and is studying Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Arizona State University's downtown Phoenix campus. Her current academic interest seeks to understand how research and community action collaborate to develop communities. Outside of studying and work, she loves to bike, hike, draw, and spend time with my friends and family.