Regis University Hosts Porter-Billips Leadership Academy
June 15, 2016
Denver, June 9, 2016 – Regis University will host the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy beginning next week from
June 13th through June 30th. Each year for more than two decades, The Porter Billups Leadership Academy (PBLA)
has provided academic and leadership training to 130 at-risk, inner-city students in grades 4-12 from across the
Denver Metro area. Beginning this year the Academy is committed to serving more than 150 students each year.
Students return each year and participate in activities designed to strengthen character, engage critical thinking, build
financial literacy skills, foster teamwork, gain advance technology skills, develop conflict resolution skills and prepare
for college. This year the program will also expand its STEM/STEAM and Robotics programming. PBLA students are
required to maintain good school attendance an excellent behavior record and remain life-long learners to participate
and remain in good standing in the program. After successfully completing a minimum of 7 years in the Academy,
students have the unique opportunity to obtain a college scholarship to attend Regis University.
Founded by recently retired (in 2015) Regis University Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter, the PBLA offers year-round
support to students at no cost to their families. In 2006, five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups joined forces with
Coach Porter to help Denver youth build the will and skill to stay in school, graduate from high school and succeed in
The partnership and the effort have created substantial results. More than 120 students have completed the Academy, 99
percent have graduated from high school and 87 percent have gone on to college. Thus far, almost two-thirds of
those students have graduated with a college degree, including the19 PBLA Scholars who have graduated from
Regis. Currently, 25 PBLA Scholars are enrolled at Regis.
This year PBLA is expanding the STEM/STEAM component to the already rigorous class schedule. A partnership
with STEAM House Learning will enable eighth grade students to participate in a special Robotics Unit, beginning this
summer. Students in this program will also have the opportunity to take a field trip to further their Robotics experience
by visiting the Robot Revolution Exhibit at the Museum and Nature and Science.
To find out more about the program contact Co-Founder and Director, Staci Porter-Bentley at 720.260.2474. To learn
more, schedule a visit, attend the fundraiser, participate in the golf tournament or to simply make a contribution,
please visit: www.porter-billups.org.
To read about one the PBLA Regis University graduates and their incredible success story, please visit: