Jason Shankle Receive Community Service Award
Jason Shankle, MA became the first therapist from Denver to receive the National 2018 Community Service Award from the Association ofBlack Psychologist in recognition of his positive impact on the welfare of the African American Community. Shankle is the CEO/founder of Inner Self Wisdom, LLC, a private therapy practice. He is a psychology professor at the Community College of Denver and author of Therapeutic: Soul Searching Poetry. Additionally, he is longtime community volunteer in the Denver Metro area and has devoted countless hours to the development of African American youth. He also coordinated several Black Melee Summits and is an active member of the Denver- Rocky Mountain Association of Black Psychologists.
Denver City Council Elects New Leadership
Denver City Council elected Councilman Jolon Clark as its next president and Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore as the president pro-tem. Clark is replacing Councilman Albus Brooks who served two terms as council president.
Clark and Gilmore, both first-term members, were elected to City Council in 2015. Clark represents District 7 and Gilmore serves in District 11. Both have a background with nonprofit organizations and plan to apply their experience from thissectorto leading the City Council.
Councilman Clark was born and raised in Denver and graduated from South High School. For 18 years prior to being elected to City Council, Clark worked to connect communities to parks and open spaces and to provide compelling and engaging programming for children and adults along the South Platte River through The Greenway Foundation’s South Platte River Environmental Education program. Today SPREE serves more than 6,000 Denver kids each year and has won more Excellence in Environmental Education awards than any other program in the state.
Gilmore was born and raised in Colorado and has lived in Denver since 1989. Prior to running for council, Gilmore and her husband Scott founded the nonprofit, Environmental Learning for Kids in 1996. ELK cultivates a passion for science, leadership, and service in a diverse community of learners. In 2014, ELK was nationally recognized by the White House with the Champion of Change award for engaging and educating youth about science and the outdoors, introducing them to careers, and supporting them during their transition from high school to college.
A new president and pro-tem are elected each year in July. The council president presides over the Monday night meetings, determines the council committees and serves as a member of all the committees.
Clark has announced he will maintain the current committee structure but will announce some committee membership changes.
Project Greer Street Members Selected for Summer Programs
Cole Jackson, a junior member of Project Greer Street, has been selected from a national pool of students to attend the prestigious MEET Kelley Summer Business Program at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University at Bloomington. Myles Patterson, a junior member of Project Greer Street, has been selected from a national pool of students to attend the prestigious MEET Kelley Summer Business Program at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University at Bloomington.
The chosen students will compete in a business case competition, learn practical business and marketing skills and make connections with members of the School of Business faculty, and experience life on the beautiful campus.
Musie Yonas, a junior member of Project Greer Street, has been selected to attend the 2018 Key Bank Business Leadership Summer Program at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The chosen students will learn real-world business skills from a variety of business professionals and Program sponsors that include Key Bank, Arrow Electronics, Phillips 66, Shell Corporation, Xcel Energy and Enterprise Holdings. The residential component will enable the students to experience a college campus and interface with faculty and administrators in the Business School. The students will also compete in a marketing campaign to win a scholarship to the Leeds School of Business.
Editor’s note: Project Greer Street is a ground-breaking educational enrichment program for African-American males launched by Ronald Sally, a graduate of Duke University and the UCLA School of Law. For more information regarding Project Greer Street, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.