Growing Up Boulder is a partnership between the City of Boulder, Boulder Valley School District, and University of Colorado's Community Engagement Design and Research (CEDaR) Center. In addition GUB partners with many youth-serving organizations in Boulder. Click here to learn more about our partners, funders and founders.
Current GUB Team Members
Mara Mintzer, Growing Up Boulder Program Director
Mara Mintzer is a founder of Growing Up Boulder, and she presents and writes internationally on the topic of engaging young people in city planning. She loves working within Growing Up Boulder's collaborative structure, whereby children and youth may meaningfully shape their own city. She is inspired daily by seeing the growth in all partners involved: children, youth, city leaders, university students and faculty, and community members. Prior to GUB, Mara was Director of Belle Haven Community School in California, where she oversaw child and family support services families on a low-income school campus. She has designed and implemented a wide variety of programs for underrepresented children, families and neighborhoods in New York and California. Mara received her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and her M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She speaks Spanish and French and loves to travel and live abroad.
Cathy Hill, Growing Up Boulder Education Coordinator
As Growing Up Boulder's Education Coordinator, Cathy works closely with partners to design and facilitate community engagements that are personally relevant and meaningful. With teachers she uses curriculum integration and community connections as especially powerful tools. She enjoys collaborating with and mentoring children, youth, and GUB interns, where she is constantly inspired by their ideas and ambitions. In 2015, Cathy retired from teaching after 32 years of service, 22 of which were at Whittier International School in Boulder. Cathy is a board member of PassageWorks Institute, a local non-profit that provides teachers a practical approach to teaching and learning that improves social, emotional, and academic outcomes, develops inclusive and respectful learning communities, and fosters a strong sense of meaning, purpose, and motivation in schools. Cathy received her B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies at Colorado State University and her M.Ed in Elementary Education at Lesley College. Her passions include travel, backpacking, snowboarding, and spending summers on Lake Michigan.
Omar De La Mora, Intern Spring 2019
Omar De La Mora is a senior in the ENVD Program with an emphasis in Architecture. He is interested in bioclimatic building design, and the relationship between the built environment and our constantly changing environmental climate. Omar is also a part-time Big Mountain Ski Coach for Team Summit Colorado where he has a developed a passion engaging with youth. He is currently working with Growing Up Boulder to develop a Child-Friendly City Map that encourages kids to explore their city through child-friendly designs by working with several preschool and elementary students to come up with plans, designs, and ideas for walkable neighborhoods throughout Boulder. By interning with Growing Up Boulder, he hopes to learn how to further involve the ideas of local youth into building design.
Grace Carlin, GUB Capstone MENV Graduate Student
Grace Carlin is a graduate student specializing in Sustainability Planning and Management in the Masters of the Environment (MENV) program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Grace came to the MENV program from a position as an aviculture exhibit interpreter at the San Antonio Zoo, where she facilitated interactions between guests and parrots. This inspired her passion for studying the social aspects of nature, especially through the lens of immersive environmental education opportunities for underprivileged groups. As such, she is thrilled to partner with Growing Up Boulder to engage local youth in participatory planning processes regarding urban design and environmental decision-making. Grace received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Urban Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In her free time, Grace enjoys hiking, singing, and consuming science fiction media.
Jing Liu, GUB Capstone MENV Graduate Student
Jing Liu is a graduate student in the Master of the Environment program with the specialization in sustainability planning and management at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her interests mainly focus on urban design and planning, community engagement, and youth education. Jing enjoys spending her free time skiing, camping, and stay with her family and friends. She is currently working with Growing Up Boulder to develop bilingual Child-Friendly City Map, compile a Child-Friendly City Toolkit and create a Teen-Friendly City Map. She believes that children and teenagers should have their voices and opinions be considered in the urban planning process since their perspectives are often unique and unbiased. Being a part of GUB members, Jing feels responsible to encourage and empower the young people to be active participants in the communities and raise their social awareness and responsibilities in their early age.
Hunter Meldman, GUB Capstone MENV Graduate Student
Hunter is a graduate student studying Sustainability, Planning, and Management at CU’s Masters of the Environment Program. He comes to GUB with years of professional experience including running a non-profit called Life Pursuits. As director of the organization Hunter is actively engaged in the community to form relationships with local youth agencies in order to support their initiatives. He has worked and volunteered as a lacrosse, soccer, and football coach and believes in the importance of nature and the outdoors playing a vital role in child development.
Abraham Profit, Intern Fall 2018 and Volunteer Map Designer Spring 2019
Abraham Profitt is a senior ENVD student emphasizing in planning at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His interests include: walk & bike planning, regional planning, social equity and transit issues, creative districts, community engagement, child-friendly cities, and urban food systems. He is currently working with Growing Up Boulder to develop an Early Childhood Development Transportation Master Plan and a Child-Friendly City Map that encourages kids to explore their city through child-friendly designs by working with several preschool and elementary students to come up with plans, designs, and ideas for walkable neighborhoods throughout Boulder. He is also working on a walk/bike infrastructure research project that examines disparities in accessibility between low- and high-income residential neighborhoods in Denver.
Leandre Mills, Intern Fall 2018 and Volunteer Spring 2019
Leandre Mills is a senior ENVS student with a minor in ENVD and a focus in planning at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her interests include environmental education, being active and involved in local government and planning, eco-social justice issues, environmental psychology, and nature-play. In her free time, Leandre enjoys camping, hiking, and climbing. She is currently working with Growing Up Boulder to develop a Child-Friendly City Map that encourages kids to explore their city through child-friendly designs by working with several preschool and elementary students to come up with plans, designs, and ideas for walkable neighborhoods throughout Boulder. She is also working on a research project which explores and analyzes the overall impacts on environmental public policy by introducing affordable and equitable environmental education programs into vulnerable, lower socioeconomic communities within rural Colorado.
Former GUB Team Members
Aria Dellepiane, Growing Up Boulder Program Associate
Aria Dellepiane is a recent 2017 graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder where she received her Bachelor in Environmental Design with a specialization in Architecture. In her time at CU, Aria studied the concepts and practices of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and community engagement and learned that all are key to healthy, vibrant, and beautiful communities. In fall of 2016, Aria interned for Growing Up Boulder, where she was able to engage Boulder’s youth in real world city planning projects. In her time at CU, Aria was also a “coach” and TA for Public Achieve- ment, a civic engagement initiative in which undergrads work alongside K-12 students with- in Boulder Valley School Districts and the I Have a Dream Foundation to develop projects around school and community based social justice issues. Aria was also a Puksta Scholar, in which she founded and developed Anyone Anywhere, an interactive reporting tool website that maps out incidents of sexual assault within the city of Boulder and provides resources and advocacy tools to community members impacted by this issue.
Elese Huspeni, Intern, Summer 2018
Elese just finished her junior year in the Environmental Design Program at CU Boulder, with an emphasis in urban planning and design. She hopes to bring people together through design with her education at CU. Throughout her time in the Environmental Design program she has been in EDSG (Environmental Design Student Government) for three semesters. During her free time she likes to spend time outdoors either hiking, camping or slack-lining and spending time with her family and friends. Elese believes that engaging all parts of the community for design is key to maximizing creativity, especially the youth.
Sara Taketatsu, Intern, Spring 2018
Sara is a junior in the Environmental Design Program and has a goal to pursue architectural licensure. With her education she hopes to positively impact people’s daily lives through design. While studying at ENVD she has also been the president of the CU Boulder Chapter of The American Institute of Architecture Students, an ENVD Student Ambassador, and an ENVD Peer Mentor. Sara strongly believes in the importance of children and youth engaging with their community and surroundings, as well as the power of participatory learning. By interning with Growing Up Boulder she plans to learn more about how to better support and encourage youth as they participate in their communities.
Nihan Efeoglu, Intern, Spring 2018
Nihan is a junior in the Environmental Design program at CU Boulder, with an emphasis in Architecture. She is from Izmir, Turkey, and she has been living in Colorado since she moved to the United States. In her spare time, Nia enjoys seeing live music shows, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. One of the things that has drawn her to Environmental Design was the study of biomimicry and applying it to Architectural design. She has volunteered as a teaching assistant to 4 and 5 year olds at Thorne Nature Experience, which led to her interest in interning to work with kids at Growing up Boulder. She believes it is important to give kids a voice to ensure their success as members of our society, and to use their imagination as lenses for creative problem solving in the design of cities.
Andrea Rossi, Volunteer, 2017
Andrea Rossi is documentary film producer and assistant editor at Off the Map Media in Boulder, Colorado. She produces films that focus on social and environmental issues, such as masculinity and violence, climate change, and food resilience. Before film, Andrea worked alongside youth as the education and outreach coordinator of an environmental program, where she developed a Youth Environmental Leadership Program that facilitated youth-led and youth-directed environmental entrepreneurship programs in middle and high school. She later was the advocacy services coordinator at a sexual assault services non-profit, providing services for women, men, youth, and children, and then went on to work as a director of oncology for a health clinic and nutrition therapist for individuals with cancer. She is a member of the 2017-2018 Boulder County Leadership Fellows Cohort, and a volunteer for the Boulder County youth roller derby league as the Junior Roller Derby Administrative Head and an assistant trainer. As a volunteer with Growing Up Boulder, she is assisting with the youth participatory action research process on public bus transit. She holds an undergraduate degree in gender and women’s studies, and a post-graduate degree in nutrition therapy.
Jason Green, Intern, Fall 2017
Jason is a junior in the Environmental Design Program, with an emphasis in Design Studies. His passion lies within the design process and using it as a multi-disciplinary tool. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, throwing a frisbee and playing volleyball. For the past six summers, Jason has been working with children, at Camp Echo Lake in Warrensburg, New York, as a cabin specialist, group leader and wood working specialist. He hopes to take the skills acquired here to empower youth to help create a better future.
Erika Chavarria, Intern , Fall 2017
Erika is a junior in the Environmental Design Program at CU Boulder and is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She’s emphasizing in architecture, and wants to help cities transition in an eco-friendly direction through design. In her spare time, Erika loves to paint, sculpt, hike, and read. She has worked collaboratively with a traveling art group called Meow Wolf, who built their own museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Erika has also worked in the Child Life Center at Presbyterian Hospital. The Child Life Center works with children in the Pediatric Oncology Unit, as well as the Pediatric and Neo-Natal, Intensive care Units. As a Volunteer, she spent her time playing with kids and helping to keep them active and involved in projects during their stay in the hospital. Erika loves working with children and believes their involvement in city projects plays a key role in the community’s success.
Winter Roybal, Intern, Summer 2017
Winter is a junior in the Environmental Design Program, with an emphasis in Urban Design and Planning. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and exploring Boulder. For the past three summers, Winter has worked as a leader at a summer program for middle and high school students that focuses on historic preservation and conservation. She hopes to continue to work with youth, especially helping them to make their voices heard. For the past two years in ENVD, she has been a student ambassador and a member of Environmental Design Student Government. She is also a member of the ENVD Peer Mentor Program. As an intern at Growing Up Boulder, Winter hopes to gain knowledge on how to engage youth in decision making and learn more about Boulder.
Hannah Sullivan, Intern, Spring 2017
Hannah is a junior here at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Justice, as well as minoring in Environmental Design. In her free time she enjoys hiking the Flatirons and exploring coffee shops around Boulder. During Fall Semester 2016 she worked with Casey Middle School students, helping them develop designs for the Alpine- Balsam community project. She sees environmental design as a process that can be used to create solutions for some of the environmental challenges our society faces. She hopes to apply her knowledge and understanding of environmental issues to real life solutions, through a design process that creates innovative ways to fight or minimize the impact of these issues.
Jackie Cameron, Graduate Intern, Spring 2017
Jackie is a PhD student in Society, Media, and Technology at the ATLAS Institute. She is passionate about democratic education practices and ways to engage learners in civic action. Her research focuses on the use of technology to support community-developed science projects to meet their educational and activist goals. This semester, she will be working with GUB to gather children’s input on how they want to participate in the Open Space and Mountain Parks’ master planning process. She plans to take the skills and knowledge she gains through GUB with her as she co-develops an educational nonprofit in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.
William Oberlander, Intern, Spring 2017
Will is a junior in the Environmental Design Program, with an emphasis in design studies. He hopes to use his creative skills to break down communication barriers and promote local teamwork. For the past three summers, Will has spent time working directly with children, at sports and sailing camps in Westchester, New York, as a pool and beach director. He aims to continue creating supportive relationship within his community. During the fall of 2016, Will worked with a Growing Up Boulder team at Casey Middle School in order to grasp children’s perspectives toward the future Alpine Balsam site in Boulder. Over the spring of 2017, Will is completing a design-build course at CU. Researching and collaborating with a low-income community in Denver, Will and a team of other ENVD students, will be constructing a customized, modern play space for the community’s children. He is looking forward to becoming more involved in the Denver, Boulder area, as well as perusing passions in music, art and the great outdoors.
Claire Derr, Intern, Fall 2016
Claire is a Junior in the Environmental Design program, emphasizing in Urban Planning and minoring in Geography. She hopes to use her degree to promote affordable housing, alternative transportation, and Open Space preservation. Claire is an outdoor enthusiast and has spent time using the environment as a classroom for adults and children, including spending the last two summers as a high ropes course instructor at CSU’s Mountain Campus. Claire is an artist who enjoys expressing ideas three dimensionally, especially through ceramics. In her spare time, Claire can usually be found leading backpacking trips for the CU Hiking Club. During her internship with Growing Up Boulder, Claire hopes to increase her skills with youth outreach and understanding various approaches to idea communication, while furthering her knowledge in Urban Planning.
Sarah Bartosh, Intern, Summer 2016
Sarah Bartosh recently graduated from CU Boulder’s Environmental Design Program with an emphasis in Urban Planning. The past two summers, Sarah has worked directly with youth at one of the top summer camp in the country, Cheley Colorado Camps, in Estes Park. While working there, she developed a passion for youth empowerment and development. During the spring of 2015, she had the opportunity to closely study urban design and livability in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the future, Sarah hopes to continue working with youth through the design of parks and urban play spaces. While interning at Growing Up Boulder, she is excited to learn more about the process of community engagement and interpretation of results and hopes to integrate it into all of her future designs.
JoAnna Mendoza, Intern, Spring-Summer 2016
JoAnna Mendoza is a recent graduate of the CU Boulder in the Environmental Design Program with an emphasis in Urban Planning. Born and raised in Venezuela, she is interested in creating culturally inclusive spaces that promote diversity and equality. Most importantly, JoAnna is passionate about giving typically unheard communities a voice through building trust and meaningful relationships. During her spring semester of 2015, she was part of a team that focused on community planning in Glen Haven, Colorado, where she was first exposed to working with participatory planning strategies. In the future, JoAnna hopes to work alongside disadvantaged communities towards design solutions that directly address their needs. While interning at Growing Up Boulder, she hopes to gain perspective about the processes needed to incorporate participatory planning in her future endeavors.
Tori Derr, Co-Coordinator, January 2012-June 2016
Tori Derr is a Senior Instructor in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is interested in intersections of people and place, and how engagement of children and youth can contribute to more resilient, vibrant, and sustainable places, especially among under-represented communities. Her research includes how children use biophilic spaces, participatory planning of urban and natural spaces, and people's values and relationships to the natural world. Tori has worked with children and youth in planning and education for more than 20 years. She has worked with diverse populations in The Gambia, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Florida, and Colorado. Tori received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2001. She worked with Growing Up Boulder from January 2012 to June 2016. She will continue to support publications about Growing Up Boulder's work in 2016-2017.
Lori Carlucci, Volunteer, 2015-2016
For more than 20 years, Lori Carlucci has worked in facilities planning and management with an emphasis on the social aspects of the built environment. Currently Lori is a Facilities Planning and Management Consultant and a volunteer with Growing Up Boulder, a child and youth focused design research group. Lori am exploring socially responsible design. Lori received a Bachelors degree in Facilities Planning and Design from Cornell University and in recent graduate work has explored how the built environment can shape human behavior. Her consulting services have been in both the private and public sectors. She is interested in opportunities in both community planning design and research projects as well as professional facilities planning services.
Danica Powell, Volunteer, 2015-2016
Danica Powell has been implementing mid-to large-scale real estate development and planning projects in the Denver/Boulder region since 2001. Danica is a founding partner of Trestle Strategy Group, a real estate consulting firm specializing in providing custom, strategic, and collaborative management for complex development projects. Working as a consultant to private developers, nonprofits, and governmental agencies, Danica develops innovative and effective community engagement programs to support broader organizational and business goals. Danica is on the Board of Directors for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, is a member of the Women’s Council of the Leeds School of Business, and is an active member of ULI. She recently served on the City of Boulder Planning Board. Her degree is in Sustainable Urban Systems from The University of California at Berkeley.
Darcy Varney Kitching, Volunteer, 2015; Program Assistant, 2016
Darcy Varney Kitching is a photographer, urban planner and educator who specializes in documenting what people value about places and how places can function better for people. She helped develop the Children, Youth and Environments journal and research center at the University of Colorado in 2003 and subsequently worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya, before returning to Colorado and starting her own small business consulting with local organizations. Darcy enjoys helping communities articulate their values, using photography as a community development tool, and exploring places on foot with people young and old. She holds masters degrees in education and urban/regional planning.
Alyssa Rivas, Intern, Spring 2016
Alyssa Rivas is a senior at CU Boulder in the Environmental Design Program with an emphasis in Urban Planning. Her main areas of interest include transportation and urban development and design. Alyssa is interested in the relationship between people and their environments, their sense of place, and how this impacts the city and its function. She believes that providing children with a connection to the environment, regardless of income, ethnicity or ability, as well as fun, safe places, promotes a positive outlook and can help promote a city’s growth. While interning at Growing Up Boulder, she is looking forward to learning more about the process of participatory planning, improving safety, walkability and play for youth within the community, and aiding in a process that will help to create accessibility to more parks and open spaces that they can call their own.
Angela Kreutz, Visiting Scholar, 2014-2016
Angela Kreutz is a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) postdoctoral fellow with the Program in Environmental Design at University of Colorado Boulder. She received her architectural training from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and completed her PhD studies with the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at The University of Queensland, Australia. Angela has worked as a researcher for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, as a consultant for the Department of Communities, Queensland Government, and has directed a collection of short films on the childhood and lives of Aboriginal Elders. She has researched, collaborated, and consulted with various Australian Indigenous communities and their children. Her research interests include children’s ethnography, community participatory planning, ecological psychology, and architectural anthropology. Her most recent book is Children and the Environment in an Australian Indigenous Community (Routledge, 2015). Her transdisciplinary research on children and the environment was inspired by her own cross-cultural childhood experiences.
Morgan Huber, Intern, Fall 2015
Morgan Huber is a senior in the Environmental Design Program at CU Boulder. Morgan is passionate about designing healthy communities that provide active transportation options feasible for all ages as well as creating opportunities for community members to access healthy foods. Morgan has been working with youth in various capacities for almost a decade. In her planning career she hopes to incorporate youth perspectives and advocate for youth involvement in urban planning. Through her internship at Growing Up Boulder, Morgan hopes to gain the skills and techniques to be able to incorporate youth into the planning process.
Steve Sommer, Graduate Assistant Fall 2015
Steve Sommer is a PhD student in the program of Learning Sciences and Human Development at the University of Colorado, Boulder School of Education. Some of his current research interests include community based and participatory action research, mixed media STEM education, meta-cognitive learning strategies, critical student engagement, teacher education, and informal learning spaces. In this capacity, Steve works with GUB to implement curriculum and consider strategies to evaluate and share out successes. For more than a decade Steve has worked as an outdoor educator and course director for wilderness based programming. He has a bachelors degree in Philosophy and Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College.
Emily Tarantini, Program Assistant, summer 2015; Research Assistant, spring 2015; Intern, fall 2014
Emily Tarantini graduated in 2015 from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Environmental Design with an emphasis in City Planning. Interning with Growing Up Boulder helped Emily better understand the Planning world. As an intern, she learned about the extensive work that goes on behind the scenes before information is compiled and shared with the public or city board members. She has learned the process that goes into having successful interactions and genuine information. Emily continues to work for GUB as a program assistant on special projects.
"Thanks to this organization I know the value children have on our communities
and the inspiring ideas they have been given a chance to share."
"Thanks to this organization I know the value children have on our communities
and the inspiring ideas they have been given a chance to share."
Corey Lunden, Intern, summer 2015
Corey Lunden is an Urban Studies major with a focus on History at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Corey has studied Urban Planning and Society in Chicago and the City of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her work has focused on housing policy and the social dynamics of urban space. She is interested in the potential of participatory planning to create sustainable communities and to effectively redistribute power and resources. In 2015 she worked for Center for Neighborhood Technology, conducting projects and outreach to expand and modernize public transportation in Chicago. At Growing Up Boulder she is assisting with comprehensive planning, open space planning, and conceptualizing a project to further define 15-minute neighborhoods within the City of Boulder. She will be graduating from Earlham in May of 2016 and hopes to pursue a degree in Urban Design. Her interests include bikeability of urban areas, restorative justice, prison abolition, and public health.
Erica Fine, Program Assistant, spring 2015
Erica Fine is a Program Assistant at University of Colorado Boulder’s Growing Up Boulder. She comes to this work with more than 5 years of experience as an instructor and administrator in the fields of environmental, experiential, outdoor, and adventure education. She most enjoys leading backpacking trips and working with 5th and 6th grades, though she has worked with students as young as 4 and as old as 20, from North Carolina to California. Erica received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University, where she was involved in the leadership of the Tufts Mountain Club and the Tufts Wilderness Orientation program. Her primary interest is in facilitating the adoption of conservation values and behaviors through research, programming, and advocacy for unstructured play in natural play spaces.
Simge Yilmaz, Visiting Scholar, 2014-2015
Simge Yilmaz is a PhD student and a full time Research Assistant in the department of Early Childhood Education at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Her main interests and research are related to preschool children’s landscape preferences, young children’s love of nature, and nature education for young children. She is currently a one year visiting scholar at the Environmental Design Program to contribute to her PhD research. She is working with to engage children and youth in the design process for Boulder's Civic Area through the help of participatory research methods.
Alessandro Rigolon, Participatory Design Assistant, fall 2014
Alessandro Rigolon is a PhD student in Design and Planning at the University of Colorado. His research interests include the design of children’s environments as a means to foster their health and well-being, as well as processes of designing with children. His research at CU focuses on children’s access to urban nature as an environmental justice issue. Alessandro received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in architecture from the University of Bologna, Italy. He is a licensed architect and building engineer in Italy. Working for four years in architectural firms in Italy, he designed educational, residential and sport buildings. He has also worked for the University of Bologna as a part-time lecturer, studio instructor and research assistant. His publications address children’s access to urban parks as well as participatory design processes with children.
Ildiko Kovacs, Visiting Scholar, summer 2014
Ildikó G. Kovács is a Master of Environmental Studies – Planning student at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her general interests are in the areas of human rights, social and environmental sustainability, justice and equity, and international community development. Ildi’s work focuses on planning, education, and research with marginalized populations, such as children, youth, and low-income, immigrant, and/or ethnic minority groups. Her specific research interests are community based participatory planning and action research, examining factors related to children’s changing social, cultural, and physical urban environments, and focusing on the public multi-purpose green spaces in urban children’s health, well-being, and resilience. Ildi worked with Growing Up Boulder on the Great Neighborhoods project, the Valmont City Park concept plan update, and the North Boulder Sub-Community Plan update. Her internship position was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Nathan Brien, Intern, spring 2014
Hi, I'm Nathan Brien. I'm a first year ENVD student primarily interested in the relationship between social conditions and the built environment. As an intern with Growing Up Boulder I am afforded ample opportunity to discover and learn from local particularities of these rich interactions. Thanks to the creative input and guidance of our coordinators and the participation of Boulder community members, I am learning the basics of participatory and qualitative research in an applied setting -- tools which will inform and enable my subsequent inquiries in environmental design.
Anna Reynoso, Intern, spring 2014
Hi, my name is Anna Reynoso. I am a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Environmental Design with an emphasis in Landscape Architecture. Boulder has been the perfect place for me these past years. This is why being an intern for Growing Up Boulder has been such an amazing opportunity. I am able to take my passion of design, art, and working with children, and combine them to create a youth friendly environment. With my past experience of babysitting and being an Arts and Crafts Director at a day camp, I have developed skills on how to work with children and help them exceed. I am currently working with the Speech, Learning, and Hearing Center in designing an interactive playground.
Nathalie Doyle, Intern, fall 2013
My name is Nathalie Doyle, and I am a junior studying Environmental Design at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In addition to my Environmental Design degree, I am pursuing a teacher license in elementary level education through CU’s Teacher Licensure Program. In my future, I see myself designing child-friendly spaces within city planning, landscapes, and architectural spaces. Interning with Growing Up Boulder has solidified my decision to combine my two passions: design and working with children. Within Growing Up Boulder, I worked closely with Whittier Elementary School’s 3rd grade classrooms. There, we designed an area within Boulder that focused on dense, affordable, housing, through the eyes of 3rd graders. Their input was invaluable and has impacted my design projects ever since. I will continue to include the opinions of the youth and all further knowledge I gather about youth people’s needs and wants, in my future designs.
Flaminia Martufi, Visiting Scholar, fall 2013
Flaminia Martufi is an Italian Student of the combined bachelor and master in Architecture and Building Engineering from University of Trento. Her main interests are urban planning and environmental design.She worked with Growing Up Boulder on two different projects: the Great Neighborhoods Project with Whittier Elementary and Boulder High School and the the Transportation Master Plan Update, with Youth Services Initiative, Casey Middle School and Boulder High School. She is applying her experiences from Growing Up Boulder to her master's thesis which will design a network of child-friendly spaces in downtown Boulder and along the Boulder Creek.
Gianni Franceschi, Intern, spring 2013
My name is Gianni Franceschi and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I study Environmental Design with an emphasis on Architecture. I worked on the Boulder Civic Area project a bit, and I'm currently working as an intern on a Photovoice Project with kids associated with the Youth Service Initiative in the North Boulder Rec Center. I was raised in Miami, FL, which definitely influenced me to create cultural and ethnically inclusive surroundings wherever they seem to be needed. With two little brothers and numerous volunteer hours with kids, I've found that I work very well with youth. Not only do I influence them on certain levels, but they also influence me in imaginative, creative, and thoughtful ways. My dream is to design sustainable housing sites in South America for low income families. Until then, I am enjoying Colorado and my experience with Growing Up Boulder!
Imani Haupt, Intern, spring 2013
Hello my name is Imani Haupt. I am a junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture. Having lots of experience with youth, I wanted to expand my knowledge about youth participation and engagement. I have done so by interning with Growing Up Boulder and working on documenting the youth experience through youth interviews. As a designer, it is my intention to get each individual's view on what is being done in their community environment regardless of age or interest, so that what is designed is a reflection of all members of the community which it serves.
Katherine Buckley, Intern, 2012-13 academic year
Hello! I am Katherine Buckley and I am currently a senior at CU Boulder studying psychology and architecture, and interning with Growing Up Boulder. I'll be working on the Boulder Civic Area project and also revisioning Burke Park in South Boulder. I'm originally from San Diego, CA and contrary to most of my fellow Californian classmates at CU, I did not come here for winter sports – in fact, I had never seen snow until I came here! The reason I chose CU was because it's gorgeous and I wanted to try something new and to actually experience different seasons, which was a big shock coming from southern California! However, it turns out that I love it here and know it'll be hard to leave next Spring, but I am excited to pursue urban planning and design in some great city like New York or Chicago!
Kate Armbruster, Intern, fall 2012
Hello everyone! My name is Kate Armbruster. I am senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I will be graduating in the spring with a degree in environmental design with an emphasis in architecture. In the future I want to focus on residential architecture and interior design. Right now I am an intern with Growing Up Boulder and working on the Boulder Civic Area and Burke Park projects. I have a lot of experience working with children and adults. These projects have given me the opportunity to combine working with many different age groups and design; I have loved every moment! In my spare time I enjoy triathlons, painting, any outdoor activity and new adventures. Life is what you make of it; Let’s explore!
Ilaria Fiorini, Visiting Scholar, fall 2012
Ilaria Fiorini is a student of the combined bachelor and master in Architecture and Building Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy). Her studies relate architecture, urban planning and design. She also has experience as educator for youth and children. She is currently a visiting researcher at CYE to complete her curriculum degree. She is involved in Growing Up Boulder with projects for the Civic Area and the Burke Park and her research focuses also on the design of shading structures for the Columbine Elementary School in Boulder.
Pier Luigi Forte, Visiting Scholar, fall 2012
Pier Luigi Forte is a student of the combined bachelor and master in Architecture and Building Engineering of the University of Bologna (Italy). His interests and research move around architecture and environmental design as part of the wider field of urban development of cities. He is now conducting research as visiting scholar to engage youth in planning the Boulder Civic Area and Burke Park. He is researching also on the design of shading structures for the Columbine Elementary School in Boulder. He is the designer and developer of this website.
"Interning for Growing Up Boulder was a great opportunity and the best decision I made in school. While working with youth on planning and design, I learned how important it is to work with different age groups to represent all sorts of perspectives. It was a unique experience that opened my eyes to the various aspects of city design. The Burke Park Project was amazing! I really believe we positively impacted the students’ lives by giving them the chance to contribute to their community. We gave them the right tools and information and empowered them to use their imaginations to design their ideal park. It was a small scale studio class and the kids were so excited and proud of their work. For me, the most rewarding moment was at the city held community meeting where a few students proudly presented their hard work to local residents who enthusiastically listened. I loved being part of the GUB team and am very thankful for that opportunity. The experiences taught me a lot about what I value and allowed me to start narrowing down what kind of career I might want. It also helped me obtain a comprehensive planning intern position with the City of Boulder. Thank you!!" - Katherine Buckley
Growing Up Boulder is a partnership between the University of Colorado's Community Engagement Design and Research Center (CEDaR),
Boulder Valley School District, and City of Boulder.
Boulder Valley School District, and City of Boulder.
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