Porter-Billups Leadership Academy
In 1996, Regis University Men’s Head Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter established the Lonnie Porter Leadership Academy to provide academic and leadership training to at-risk inner city students from Denver. In 2006, NBA star Chauncey Billups joined forces with Porter in this effort and the program was renamed the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy. Regis University is committed to offering graduates of this program the opportunity to attend college through scholarships.
Students in grades 4 through 12 participate in a rigorous three-week academic program each summer and year-round support is provided to the high school students and their parents.
- The Academy serves over 130 elementary through high school students each year. Over the years, Coach Porter and staff develop long-term relationships with the students and their parents.
- Out of all the students who have attended Porter-Billups Leadership Academy, 48 students have participated for 6 to 10 years.
- Nearly 85 percent of Academy students come from families where parents have not completed college.
- Over 90 percent of students are students of color.
- 36 percent of participants are from families with incomes that fall below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- Since our first graduating class in 2002, 97% of students graduated from high school on time.
- The grade point average for current PBLA high school students is 3.06 and the average ACT score is 22.
- 83 percent of students are taking or have taken Advanced Placement or Honors classes. 75 percent have taken 2 or more Advanced Placement or Honors classes.
- 92 percent of Academy graduates have gone on to college.
- To date, 53 percent of Academy alumni have graduated from college.