Each month, CAP shines a spotlight on someone making a difference in the afterschool and summertime world! Nominees demonstrate outstanding work in developing, supporting, and promoting meaningful, high-quality out-of-school time programs to benefit Colorado children, youth, and families.
Congratulations to CAP’s August OST Champion Malik Burton! Burton works at the Colorado Dream Foundation, based in Denver and serves as the Program Manager at the Z Place Opportunity Center’s Evie Dennis Campus. Malik has served the Northeast Denver community since September 2021, when he joined the Colorado Dream Foundation.
“Malik is a thoughtful, talented, and dedicated site leader,” Dr. Fernando Branch, Colorado Dream Foundation, former Director of Partnerships and Programs, said. “He maintains a keen focus on the work to improve programming for our kids.”
According to Branch, who nominated Burton, his collaborative approach with students and staff has led to consistent improvements throughout the campus and program.
“Malik has an amazing approach with the youth and staff,” Branch said. “His work has led to improvements in classroom instruction, increased academic rigor, and a positive site culture.”
During his time with the Colorado Dream Foundation, Burton has grown to love working with his team, stating that he believes that the collective strengths of his team creates an experience that youth enjoy while being pushed to learn and grow while also having fun.
According to Branch, Burton’s attitude of consistency and hard work is what makes him an OST Champion.
“Malik believes deeply that all kids deserve high expectations, structure, and support to achieve their full potential,” he said. “I look forward to Malik’s continued growth as a site leader andOST Champion.”
Congratulations, Malik! f you know of a candidate worthy of being honored as one of CAP’s OST Champions, nominate today! Click here for the nomination form.