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The 2-Year INVST Program prepares CU undergraduates to be leaders who work for social and environmental justice.

Each year, we admit up to 18 CU students who want to make a positive difference in the world.

This life-altering academic program exposes students to what is, and cultivates them as leaders to work for what could be.

INVST students take two theory classes, Facilitating Peaceful Community Change and People of Color and Social Movements; four skills-training classes; and two month-long Justice Summers.

On the Climate Justice Summer, students learn first-hand about energy, power, extraction and environmental sustainability in the US Southwest; and on the Economic Justice Summer, students have the opportunity to learn about immigration, Sanctuary cities and Sanctuary churches, labor justice and economic justice.

During the school year, INVST students serve at least six hours per week as volunteers with community-based organizations in meaningful internships. This offers first-year INVST students the chance to experience a service agency or non-profit organization from the inside, and make a positive difference for our local community. Organizations that have hosted INVST interns include the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN), Natural Capitalism Solutions, New Era Colorado, the Philanthropiece Foundation and the Community Foundation of Boulder County. More than 150 Boulder and Denver agencies have offered community-based learning opportunities to INVST students. 

In their second year of our two-year program, INVST students collectively research, design, implement and evaluate their own community leadership projects. Recent successes by small groups of INVST students have involved the development of a local urban farm, the writing of a people's history of the Valmont Butte, an organizational growth campaign for Boulder Food Rescue, a pathway program from high school to college for local youth, and the launch of an annual food justice conference.

Throughout the INVST Program, students learn about social change, democracy, nonviolence and community transformation. Students also practice skills such as meeting facilitation, collaborative decision making, conflict resolution, fundraising, grassroots organizing and public speaking.

Students participate with INVST staff in policy-making for the program through a consensus-based Directors' Committee that is unique in higher education. Together, students and staff determine curriculum design, hire staff, and help fundraise and manage relationships with donors. INVST offers CU students the unique opportunity to learn by doing in a non-hierarchical organization.

Upon completion, students receive either the Leadership Studies Minor or a leadership certificate. They are also eligible to receive scholarships from INVST, toward their tuition.

When they complete our rigorous training program, young people are skilled and inspired to transform their communities and our world!  Apply Now!!!