Track: Educational Success

Format: Study Tour
Maximum Participants: 20

Spotlight on Colorado Workshop

This study tour will feature a facility within public housing that uses an evidence-based whole-child model in working with low-income youth. Participants will be able to learn and ask questions on a range of topics such as:

  • Integrating research into programs
  • Developing a model that addresses both the social/emotional and academic needs
  • Refugee populations
  • Nonprofit management

Broader conversations around reducing poverty and supporting low-income youth populations can also occur. Study tour participants will have the opportunity to observe programming and meet with staff and student participants. 

Learning Objectives

  • Collective impact through multi-sector partnerships
  • Evidence-based youth programming
  • Public housing programming
  • Nonprofit management and organizational development

Tour Guide:

  • Jesse Burne, executive director of the Bridge Project, University of Denver (@BridgeProjectCO)

Jesse Burne
Executive Director of the Bridge Project
University of Denver

Jesse Burne is an assistant professor and the executive director at the University of Denver’s Bridge Project, housed within the Graduate School of Social Work. Burne has managed various youth programs and organizations serving students throughout New York City; Southern California; Denver; and Boulder, Colorado. He led youth programming for organizations such as the American Red Cross and Mental Health Partners (formerly Mental Health Center of Boulder County).

Previously, Burne was the executive director for Minds Matter of NYC, which helps low-income students prepare for and be successful in college. He has a background in nonprofit management, fund development, and organizational strategic planning. He specializes in implementing youth program models comprised of educational, mental health, youth development, and postsecondary readiness components. Burne earned his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a management fellow at the Columbia University School of Social Work.