July 2019

Tapping into Intrinsic Motivation to Learn and Work and Love

Steph Frances Founder & Executive Director
Steph brings twelve years of experience in youth career development. Her expertise lies in activating talent in youth on the margins and creating dynamic cultures that engage youth in their intrinsic motivation to learn. She has led Prodigy’s enterprise to double-digit year-over-year sales growth and accolades such as Best New Coffeehouse in Denver, and built an apprenticeship model for disconnected youth with an 85% completion rate. She has represented Prodigy at the Global Homeboy Network Gathering, the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Forum, and the National Youth Employment Coalition. Steph holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and was a Denver Business Journal 2018 Outstanding Women in Business finalist.

Brady Grant Director of Learning
Brady comes to Prodigy after three years as the Senior Academy Dean at Denver School for Science and Technology and eight years of career development, postsecondary planning, and job readiness program development for Denver Public Schools. This experience developed a deep understanding of the weaknesses in our education system and the points at which youth disengage. He is well-positioned for the role of supporting apprentices in their learning and integration into the workforce after Prodigy. Brady holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bradley University.

Audrey Villa Apprentice
Tyree Pruitt Apprentice

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Workshops Session II
Joshua Tree
Prodigy is an apprenticeship for disconnected young adults in Denver who run a craft coffeehouse. In this workshop we explore the Prodigy apprenticeship design that taps into our inherent motivation to learn and work and love on other people. Hear from apprentices and founders as we explore the concept of Spiritual Hospitality and infusing the Science of Learning into a workplace.