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“Educating Children of Color” Schoarships & 2014 Summit (Colorado Springs, CO)


Scholarship Rules

Eligibility: High school juniors, seniors and undergraduates under the age of 21 who attend the Educating Children of Color Summit on January 11, 2014.

Applications: Students applying for one of our scholarships must fill out and submit the online application form by December 15, 2013. This information must be provided with each application: your name, gender, age, name of the school you attend, grade level, phone number, e-mail address, the specific scholarship being applied for, and whether your submission is written or not.

Submissions: Your submission can take any form – it may be written (essay, short story, poem, research paper) or unwritten (poster, video, music, dance, play, storytelling, sculpture, PowerPoint). It must be your original work.

Awards to date

Over the years, we have given away $61,500 in scholarships, as well as 56 laptops, at our annual summit.





Educating Children of Color 2014 Summit

Saturday, January 11, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Colorado College

Everyone who attends the Summit must register online.
Students applying for one of our scholarships must also submit the online scholarship application.

The deadline either to register or to submit a scholarship application is December 15, 2013


High school and undergraduate students: Learn the skills to be a leader in your community and in your life. Win scholarships, visit a college, talk to college students, learn how to fund your college career, and have fun attending sessions to include working in an emergency room, IMPROV, Slam Poetry and Hip-hop!

Parents: Learn to how demand accountability from your child and your child’s school. Learn about the pressures that your child faces from popular culture, and increase your ability to communicate with your child about safety and self-advocacy.

Professionals who work with youth as teachers, counselors, school administrators; and juvenile justice and child welfare experts: This is an exciting opportunity to rejuvenate your practice and maximize engagement with students who live in a Hip-hop world.

The Summit is free for students and parents; $25 for professionals (which is returned to youth in the form of scholarship money for college education).

The day includes lunch and  8 contact hours or CLEs.


Description of Breakout Sessions

Our Keynote Speaker:











Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl, a 13-year-old environmental activist from Boulder, Colorado, has the Aztec culture of his father and environmental activism of his mother. He is the youth director of Earth Guardians, a non-profit environmental organization that is committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere.

He has organized many rallies, demonstrations and other events. Projects include organizing the largest U.S. iMatter March in Denver with over 2,000 young people, in the spring of 2010.

Featured Speakers:

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

Born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Kickbusch is all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, she learned through valuable lessons taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values and faith.

She entered the U.S. Army as an officer. For two decades, she broke barriers and set records when she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field. When the opportunity to assume a command post arose, LTC Castillo Kickbusch shocked the military by deciding to retire. She chose to honor her mother’s dying wish to get back to her roots and become a community leader.

Dr. James Braxton Peterson

Dr. Peterson is the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is also the founder of Hip-Hop Scholars,  an association of Hip-Hop generational scholars dedicated to researching and developing the cultural and educational potential of Hip-Hop, urban, and youth cultures.

An adamant proponent of educational reform, Dr. Peterson is a strong advocate of integrating youth culture into classrooms as a way of transgressing the historically divergent borders between lived experiences and the formal educational system.


The Hip Hop ConnXion (HHC) is globally known and respected as one of the top hip hop dance companies in the USA.  HHC was formed in March 1999 by Suavé, former choreographer and dancer for Culture Shock-Chicago. It is a professional dance troupe of all ages, sex and color each striving towards one common goal..…to inspire others to be the best they can be and educate our youth to make positive choices by being positive role models within the community.

Edwonda White


Edwonda  is a regular at all of the major comedy clubs in the country and has been featured on Martin Lawrence’s hit comedy show  “First Amendment Stand up” on Starz, Black Entertainment Television’s long running comedy series “Comic View,” HBO and Russell Simons’ Def Comedy Jam, and the Tom Joyner radio show .

She was named Female Comedian of the year by Black Television and “Clean Comedian of the Year” by the Gospel/Christian Alliance.

She is just as popular in comedy clubs and colleges as she is in the corporate and gospel arenas.