Lonnie Porter with Chancy Billups
The Porter-Billups Leadership Academy is designed to promote language arts and academic mastery, develop computer skills, and encourage teamwork through various activities. The Academy's mission is also to academically challenge students who are high achieving, yet possibly at risk of falling through the cracks. The intent is that by attending the Academy, they will be better prepared for the school year ahead. Through this experience, students develop leadership principles, which will help them become effective leaders in their schools and communities.

The Porter-Billups Leadership Academy is located at Regis University in Northwest Denver. In continuing with the commitment to human excellence, the Academy and Regis University are dedicated to helping young students accept leadership roles and strive to make a positive impact in a changing society.

The Academy was launched in 1996 and has continued to grow in subsequent years. Students are recommended for the program by their teachers and school principal. School administration and faculty are asked to recommend students who have a positive attitude, clean disciplinary record, and exhibit solid academic motivation and leadership qualities in their classroom and school.

Recently, students who have participated in the program since its inception have been included in the program as mentors and program assistants. For students who participate successfully each year in the program, graduate from high school, and are accepted into Regis University, tuition scholarships will be made available.
There are no costs to the students and their families for this program. Lunch and transportation are also provided. This program is for students 4th through 11th grade. The program requires a three-week commitment from students and parents.

As a candidate, each child will be expected to meet the following criteria:

• Good school attendance
• Excellent behavior record
• Interest and enthusiasm for learning
• Read and sign a discipline form
• Teacher recommendation form from a current teacher
• Return application to your school's office by the deadline March 1, 2018

Former Regis University Men's Head Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter is the Executive Director of the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy. Coach Porter's award list is vast and varied and includes the National Association of Basketball Coaches Merit Award in 1990 and the Colorado Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards in 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96. He has also received numerous honors away from his sport. In 1995, Coach Porter was named "Man of the Year" by the Regis student body and was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Coach Porter is widely recognized in the Denver area for leadership in community service and had a vision of creating a leadership academy to further serve the youth of the community beyond the school year. Coach Porter's vision became a reality in 1996. In May 2015, Regis University President Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., awarded an honorary doctorate to Coach Porter, citing his commitment of giving hope and opportunity for a college education to a new generation of young people. Coach Porter is sincere in his commitment to the community in which he lives. "Serving the community is a humbling experience," said Coach Porter. "It helps me to realize how blessed I've been in my life. There is a tremendous need for us to use our talents to better the lives of those who may not be as fortunate as we are."

Academy Daily Schedule

8:30 -
8:45 a.m.

Pick Up

9 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.

Academic instruction

11:30 a.m. -
12:15 p.m.


12:15 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.

Enrichment Classes: STEM, Communications, Life Skills, Art, Physical Education

3:30 p.m.

End of day, students to bus drop sites

For more information, visit the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy website or contact: 

Staci Porter-Bentley
Director of the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy
Phone: 720.260.2474
Email: staci.porter-bentley@porter-billups.org

Jennifer Clark
Assistant Director
Phone: 303.514-1638
Email: jennifer.clark@porter-billups.org

Sean Malloy
Phone: 720.422.2655
Email: sean.malloy@porter-billups.org

Dominique Jefferson
Phone: 720.583.4557
Email: porterbillupsleadershipacademy@gmail.com