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Thank you for your interest in the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy.


The Porter-Billups Leadership Academy is a tuition free academic enrichment program that helps children cultivate their leadership ability. Inner-city youth from the Denver Metropolitan area are admitted to the Academy in third and fourth grade, and attend the 3 week program each summer until they graduate from high school. Academy participants are expected to maintain good grades and positive behavior.


The target population includes students who (1) qualify for low-income, free and reduced lunch status; (2) maintain a strong academic standing and (3) make a commitment to the multi-year participation requirement.

Participants must submit a current transcript or progress report, and letter of recommendation, every year. An application for admittance and a recommendation form are required. If you have a third and fourth grader that is interested in attending the Academy, please contact  


Thank you again for your interest.

Save the Dates

February 1, 2024

Applications Open

New applicants complete a rigorous recommendation and application process for the three-week summer program. All students reapply each year and, if admitted, continue through their senior year of high school. The ultimate goal of the Academy is to awaken students to the opportunities available to them, while encouraging them to be thoughtful and engaged members of their own growth and development.

June 10-28, 2024

PBLA in Session

The three-week Academy is held each summer on the University's main campus in northwest Denver, Colorado. Academy students, who are about to enter grades 4 through 12, receive preparation to become leaders among their peers and gain the skills to prepare them for college. Students who successfully complete seven years of the Academy and qualify for admittance, are provided scholarships for tuition and fees to Regis University. 

June 28, 2024

PBLA Graduation

PBLA Graduation is held on the campus of Regis University for participants and their parents. High school student participants are supported by a local teacher who acts as their personal college counselor. They participate in college-prep and advanced placement courses. Reflection presentations are required by each student.

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