ACE Mentor Program of Colorado

April 3, 2015 in Awards/Recognitions, Staff News

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L to R: Erica Toren (Martin/Martin, Inc.), Liberty Lewis (SBSA, Inc.), David Wagner (ACE Scholarship Recipient-John F. Kennedy High School), Chris Perry (ValleyCrest)

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2014 – A gorgeous Spring May Day (May 1st) at the Four Seasons Hotel marked the end of another successful year for ACE Mentor Program of Colorado with our annual fundraising gala, The Blueprint to Success event.  We celebrated the accomplishments of five high school seniors by presenting them with scholarship checks as they graduate from their respective high schools and head out to college this fall to pursue a career in Architecture, Construction or Engineering. I always feel an immense amount of pride watching these students receive their checks at the end of the year for many reasons.  I am proud of the countless hours our volunteers put in each year to make the program a success and grow.  Without the dedication of our industry professional mentors, this program would cease to exist.  I am proud of the students who elect to participate in this after school program and the dedication they have to complete their projects.

The ACE Mentor Program’s mission is to “engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in Architecture, Construction or Engineering (A/E/C) through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.”   To summarize 2014, over 140 high school students participated in this years’ program along with 80 professional mentors from the A/E/C industry.  The industry professionals were divided into teams to represent a typical design and construction team. The teams included, but were not limited to: architects, contractors, engineers, marketing, and computer technology experts and were sent to meet with a group of high school students (freshman thru seniors).  We had 7 mentoring teams that met at over 11 area high schools in the Denver, Jefferson County, Aurora, and Cherry Creek School districts.  The students were given opportunities to tour the professional offices of some of their industry mentors, visited active construction sites, and received a tour of the Robert and Judy Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  Students and mentors alike benefit from this program.  The students have made contacts in the industry that will benefit them in the future and got to try out some different career options; whether it be through discussing colleges and classes, internship opportunities, or even full-time jobs upon college graduation.  For the mentors, it is an opportunity to break away from the daily grind, to share their passion with the next generation and to make valuable networking contacts.  Martin/Martin has been an avid supporter of this mentoring program for many years; both in allowing our employees to participate as mentors and board members as well as providing financial support to the organization.  To find out more about the ACE Mentor Program or how you can get involved, please visit