Students join Mile High 360 in the 6th grade and continue through the program until age 24. A successful educational experience - one that inspires, instills a desire to learn more, and places a high value on education - is not solely about what happens inside school walls. School success and achievement outcomes are deeply affected by a variety of factors that are outside a school’s control. Mile High 360 acts as a complementary partner throughout a student’s youth and into young adulthood, committed to providing support in other areas of life critical to success that may not have been available otherwise.
Jesus Baez graduated from Arrupe Jesuit High School in May of 2018 and received over $52,000 in scholarships and grants to attend the University of Denver. He is about to start his sophomore year studying Business Finance and Political Science. His freshman year, he was invited to help found the Delta Chi fraternity on the DU campus, and recently just interned with Congressman Crow in Aurora this summer. In addition to school, activities, and internships, Jesus has been returning to Impact360 practices to volunteer with our high school students on the squash courts.
Ana Padilla is a sophomore at West Leadership Academy and has been with Impact 360 since their 7th grade year. They are an avid cycling advocate and have represented 360 at the Youth Bike summit two years in a row. They are passionate about theater, writing and giving back to their community. Ana single-handedly initiated a project last winter to collect and distribute much needed items to women’s shelters.
Francisco Samayoa is an 8th grader at West Leadership Academy in his second year with Impact 360. He shows amazing commitment to the program, hardly ever missing a day of practice and even attends extra practices on his off days to assist staff with the younger students. He is representing Impact 360 on the Front Rangers Junior Cycling Team this spring and summer, and won the Colorado Youth Cycling Championship in his age group. He is passionate about the sport of cycling and technology.
Jared Hernandez is an 11th grader at West Leadership Academy in his fourth year with Impact 360. He has represented the group two years in a row at the Youth Bike Summit cycling advocacy conference and has ridden across the entire state of Vermont in a three-week bikepacking trip. Aside from his activities with Impact, he is the captain of his ROTC squad and will traveled to Utah last April to represent his entire school in their competition. This summer he rode across Nova Scotia and Acadia for three weeks.
Jenny Ruano is a rising 8th grade student at West Leadership Academy. She is entering her second year with the program. Jenny earned a 4.0 GPA her first year at West Leadership and participated in Front Rangers Junior Cycling Team during the fall of 2019.She earned a full-ride scholarship from the Cheley Foundation to attend a four-week summer campership at Clearwater Camp for Girls in Wisconsin. Jenny aspires to become a brain surgeon someday.
Amari Boswell is a sophomore at West Leadership Academy starting e corner on her fifth year with the Mile High 360 cycling team. She has represented Mile High 360 at the Youth Bike Summit first in Washington DC and this year in New York. This winter she took her bike mechanics skills to the next level when she undertook a bold project-building up a bike from scratch for one of her teachers. Twice she was selected as one of two Impact 360 students to attend an Overland Summers camp. Her first trip was a two-week bike-packing trip across Cape Cod and the islands and this summer she bike-packed for three weeks across Montana and the Canadian Rockies.