Keeping The Dream Alive

Keeping The Dream Alive

Keeping the Dream Alive is a non-profit 501 c(3) in Colorado. The mission of KtDA is to provide access to accurate information and available resources to support immigrant students' transition to, and success in, postsecondary educational institutions. KtDA seeks to provide personal and professional development opportunities for students, educators, families and community members. The KtDA community advocates for policies and practices that increase educational resources and opportunities for all students, regardless of immigration status. KtDA works with, for, and alongside empowered immigrant students to support their academic achievement and career goals.

Jose Algara Godoy was a former client of Bull & Davies P.C. Jose had been fighting his immigration case in this country, he never made it to his final immigration hearing set for the fall of 2018, according to a Westwood article "on August 1, at the age of 38, he died by suicide."
On December 2018 Bull & Davies P.C. held a fundraiser and established a scholarship in his name: the Jose Algara Godoy Memorial Scholarship fund. Keeping the Dream Alive would like to thank Bull & Davies P.C. for working in partnership with us to administer the scholarship process. The event fundraising effort raised $10,000!!! In January of 2019 three students were awarded a scholarship from the fund. One student in community college, one student in a four year university and one law student were chosen as final recipients. This scholarship will allow for these three amazing and resilient scholars to continue their path towards achieving their dreams and goals in higher education. We also would like to thank every individual who donated to the scholarship fund, and most importantly we send our deepest regards to Mr. Alagara Godoy's family and friends. At KtDA we acknowledge the pain that many of our undocumented community faces in this country. It was an honor to award the first recipients of Jose Algara Godoy Memorial Scholarship fund.

Finalists and Bios

Jeffrey Carrillo

Jeffrey Carrillo

Undergrad Major in Chemical Engineer - University of Colorado Boulder

Jeffrey Jose Carrillo Garcia was born in a small city in Chihuahua, Mexico. His parents believed that there was an opportunity for a better life by moving to the US. Jeffrey's family moved to the U.S when he was three years old. He is very grateful for that decision and knows that the sacrifice his parents made has allowed him to have a better future. He is currently attending the University of Colorado at Boulder where he is studying Chemical Engineering. He wants to pursue a career as an Engineer for the first 20-25 years of his life and then wants to work as a high school teacher. He wants to bring his experiences to students, in particular to students and in communities where they can see themselves reflected in through him. Jose hopes to help his community through creating pathways to further their opportunities in the STEM field.

Omar Silva

Omar Silva

Law Student - University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Omar Silva is currently a 1L at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Omar's goal after law school is to practice in areas where he can make an impact in his community and help low income families with their legal problems. Before coming to Law school, he worked at a factory for fourteen years where he started at a base position and moved up until ending in the Engineering department and working on projects. During his time at the factory, Omar was also able to get a bachelor's and master's in accounting while working full time.

Julieta Martinez

Julieta Martinez

Undergrad Major in Financial Services - Community College of Denver

Julieta Martinez was born and raised in Tijuana B.C Mexico, and moved during her teenage years to Denver Co, to join her parents in pursuit of the American Dream. Through personal experience, she was able to understand that the American Dream is harder to obtain for those who are not tutored in the realms of financial education.She realized that our families and communities are often misinformed regarding their income planning and financial progress. Considering this, she decided to pursue a degree in Financial Services, and try to bring awareness to those around her about complex financial concepts in order to develop as a sturdier sector of our society. Julieta will be receiving her associates degree from Community College of Denver.