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Quarterly, we will update our family with a newsletter. Please let us know if you have questions or would like to contribute material or photos to share.



Newsletter #1. First Quarter 2024

The D-Day Leadership Academy

(Okay, the sun might have been a little bit in everyone's eyes for that photo...)

Summer 2024 Programs Almost Full!

Just a few spots remain for our summer 2024 programs. We currently have three open programs in June/July of 2024 and you can fill out applications by clicking the photo to the right.

These programs are open to students of High School age and generally run 8 days from departure to return. They generally include 5 nights in Normandy, France and 2 nights in Paris when possible. Summer student programs generally cost $2000 and airfare to CDG Paris is not included. There are some scholarships available so please apply.

Summer Programs

New Skip-a-Coffee Fundraising Campaign

DLA is now running a fundraising campaign where we implore large numbers of small donors to help us in our valuable mission. If you so choose, we'd love it if you'd skip one to-go coffee shop coffee for us once per year to assist in bringing a deserving student to Normandy, France to participate in our program to become a great leader. What helps us the most with this campaign is to share it far and wide with everyone you know! Click the coffee cup to get to the donation site.


Ticketing Open for DLA Scholarship Dinner 2024

Tickets are now available for our 2nd annual DLA Scholarship Dinner which will take place on Friday, November 8th at Social Capitol Events Center in Arvada CO from 5-9PM. You will meet graduates of the program, hear powerful speakers, eat amazing French cuisine and have a wonderful time while assisting some great students. Click the photo to go to the ticketing site.


Alumni Update!

Sophie Kaiser is a 2018 Alumni from the first class from Columbine High School to attend the DLA in Normandy, France.

Sophie says...

After graduating from Columbine High School, I enrolled at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN through the Chancellor's Scholar program. I double majored in Cognitive Science and Public Health and minored in Special Education. Throughout my undergraduate career, I was involved in research, rock climbing, and our inclusion higher education program, Next Steps at Vanderbilt. The spring of my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Barcelona. During my exchange, I was able to return to France and visit friends who I stayed in touch with from our trip! 

I graduated from Vandy in May and am currently completing a Fulbright fellowship in Mexico City, where I work as an English Teaching Assistant at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM - FES Acatlán). After my grant, I hope to ultimately pursue a career as a speech language pathologist! 

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