The Center for Leadership is pleased to present a collaboration with the Downtown Boulder Partnership and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. Together, CU's Leadership Programs and the Downtown Boulder Partnership and the Boulder Chamber will provide opportunities for current CU undergrads to partner with professionals in the Boulder Community for mentoring experiences. The Downtown Boulder Partnership and the Boulder Chamber seek to give back valuable and practical leadership experiences to the Boulder community and CU's leadership students while increasing the partnership and engagement between the community and the University of Colorado.

The Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP), formerly Downtown Boulder, Inc., is a 501c(6) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of downtown as the heart of the greater Boulder community. As the umbrella organization for the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District (BID) and the Downtown Boulder Foundation (DBF), the Partnership works tirelessly to make our downtown a national model of success for the Boulder community.

With more than 110 years of dedicated service to its members and the Boulder community, the Boulder Chamber’s innovative support services and advocacy efforts help local businesses succeed while sustaining an economy that preserves Boulder’s high quality of life, including its environmental and cultural assets. Together with its member businesses, the Boulder Chamber is building a smarter, more vibrant economy – sustaining Boulder’s position as a global capital of innovation and a thriving center of economic vitality.

In addition to the Downtown Boulder Partnership and the Boulder Chamber, the Center for Leadership would like to thank and acknowledge Independent financial, Office Partners on Pearl, and Museum of Boulder for their continued support and partnership of the BCLP.

The Chancellor believes that the BCLP is a great example of how the University community continues to connect with the greater Boulder community on a meaningful and transformational level.

Great Mentors Focus on the Whole Person, Not Just Their Career, by Rick Woolworth, is a fantastic article that correlates directly to our holistic approach to mentorship!

You can read about the program's community impact in the Boulder Daily Camera!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please note the Mentor Criteria for Community and Business Leaders:

  • Strong volunteer
  • Passionate about the importance of strengthening tomorrow's leaders
  • Passionate about the importance of leadership
  • Available and flexible to engage in the program
  • Relevant community and/or business leadership experience for the program
  • Willing to commit to 14 hours of mentoring/discussion time with the students during a semester

If you are interested in becoming a mentee, please note the Mentee Criteria for CU Leadership Students:

  • Dedicated to professional growth and development
  • Sign Expectations Agreement to indicate a commitment to the program
  • Submit reflection logs and a final synthesis paper (students can pursue a 1-credit opportunity through independent study coursework via their college/school)
  • Engage in mid-point and end-point check-ins
  • Adhere to all requirements of the CU Honor Code
  • Willing to commit to 14 hours of mentoring/discussion time with a mentor during a semester

Both applications can be found in the menu in the right sidebar of this screen.

If you have any questions, please reach out to