Advocacy Accelerator Stacked

" Ednium has allowed me to discover my leadership style and what kind of leader I want to be. Ultimately, it is my goal to apply these skills in my future professional career as a physician-scientist. "

- Odalis Castro, Biomedical Engineering
The Advocacy Accelerator is for Ednium Program graduates (either from the Denver Deep Dive or Leadership Launchpad) who are willing to set the policy priorities of the organization while learning more about the levers of power. Ednium holds our core values of Community, Trust, and Action at the center of all of our programming, and the Advocacy Accelerator is no different. You can expect to be immersed in intentional and vulnerable environments with the main goal being the cultivation of trust. With trust being established, you can expect to have authentic conversations with your peers on your experience through the K-12 education system, as well as your experience navigating the City of Denver. These conversations and environments will help foster community. Lastly, you will work on research projects with the peers you trust and hold community with to lead Ednium's potential action items for 2025 and beyond!


We want our participants to walk away from this program with:
  • The skills to differentiate between governmental structures and the mechanisms and key players that operate within them
  • A set of tools on how to reach a common understanding of a topic with people from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds
  • A definition of meaningful impact within and outside institutions and how to leverage their connections and resources to realize that impact
  • An understanding of how to identify a community issue and understand the root causes of the issue before proposing solutions
  • The ability to evaluate their current role in community and how they can work with their community to achieve a common goal


Accelerator participants should meet the following qualifications:
  • Have attended a Denver Public Schools high school between 2008-2024
  • Graduate of either the Ednium Leadership Launchpad or Denver Deep Dive
  • Eagerness to interrogate your lived experience and social systems
  • Willingness to work and improve the communities you are a part of
  • Commitment to complete the program in its entirety 


Accelerator participants need to commit fully to the dates and times listed below. One excused absence is permitted. Successful completion of the program will result in a $500 stipend.
  • August 24th 
    September 7th 
    September 21st
    October 12th 
    October 26th 
    November 2nd
  • All sessions will run from 9am to 1pm. We will be providing lunch for each of our sessions.
  • Please note these sessions are on Saturday's

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