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Founded in 2000 by Steve & Joyce Schuck, Parents Challenge provides families with tools and resources to exercise educational choice to achieve academic success. Parents Challenge has provided educational choice to nearly 2,000 students and their families. Almost two million dollars have been disbursed in scholarships and grants to ensure that choice is never limited to only those of means. As they take responsibility for their children’s education, parents have also taken more control of their own lives. Parents Challenge students have prospered, gaining the confidence and skills to succeed in life.

Seventeen years of measuring academic performance have taught us that empowered parents and guardians working through the support system of our programs have dramatically improved their lives and those of their children. Through the work of Parents Challenge, families have been transformed and they, as well as our community, are better off as a result.

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Torres Family

Yesenia and Victor Torres raised their five children with the belief that getting a great education is the key to achieving the American Dream. With few financial resources and stuck in a neighborhood plagued by low-performing schools, they set out to find a way to secure a brighter future for their kids.

Enter Parents Challenge.

“Parents Challenge stepped in, not only providing scholarship support to our family, but helping us advocate for our children in a positive way with their teachers and schools,” said Yesenia.

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Parents Challenge provides parents with financial support to choose the best educational options for their children. Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and join their parents at evening workshops during the year to learn academic and life skills.

By equipping parents with choice in education Parents Challenge is changing lives. After years of scholarship support, the Torres family includes a graduate from Colorado College, a junior at Colorado State University, a sophomore at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and two students at Coronado High School.

“Thank you to all the Parents Challenge staff and donors,” Yesenia added. “Thank you for giving us the power to choose!”

Extracurricular Engagement

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