PORTER-BILLUPS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Porter-Billups Leadership Academy

In 1996, Regis University Men’s Head Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter established the Lonnie Porter Leadership Academy to provide academic and leadership training to at-risk inner city students from Denver. In 2006, NBA star Chauncey Billups joined forces with Porter in this effort and the program was renamed the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy. Regis University is committed to offering graduates of this program the opportunity to attend college through scholarships.  

 

Our Students
  • Students in grades 4 through 12 participate in a rigorous three-week academic program each summer and year-round support is provided to the high school students and their parents.  The Academy serves more than 220 elementary through high school students each year. Over the years, Coach Porter and staff develop long-term relationships with the students and their parents.

  • Out of all the students who have attended Porter-Billups Leadership Academy, 48 students have participated for 6 to 10 years.

  • Nearly 85 percent of Academy students come from families where parents have not completed college.

  • Over 90 percent of students are students of color.

  • 36 percent of participants are from families with incomes that fall below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  • Since our first graduating class in 2002, 98% of students graduated from high school on time.

  • The grade point average for current PBLA high school students is 3.06 and the average ACT score is 22.

  • 83 percent of students are taking or have taken Advanced Placement or Honors classes. 75 percent have taken 2 or more Advanced Placement or Honors classes.

  • 92 percent of Academy graduates have gone on to college.

  • To date, 53 percent of Academy alumni have graduated from college.

Our Leaders

All faculty and board members exhibit qualities found in Regis University's Mission Statement:"Inspired by the Jesuit Catholic ideal of Ignatius of Loyola, Regis University challenges students to make intelligent life choices, search for a just existence through their respective disciplines and ultimately answer the question, "How ought we to live? Through a values-centered education that emphasizes commitment to community service and civic engagement, Regis University is educating students to be leaders in service to others."

Our History

In 1996, Regis University Men’s Head Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter established the Lonnie Porter Leadership Academy to provide academic and leadership training to at-risk inner city students from Denver. In 2006, NBA star Chauncey Billups joined forces with Porter in this effort and the program was renamed the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy. Regis University is committed to offering graduates of this program the opportunity to attend college through scholarships.

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