Humanists of Colorado
The Humanists of Colorado, based in Denver, Colorado, is a local chapter of the national American Humanists Association. Our local group was founded in 1980.

HOC Meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday evening of each month, starting with a Potluck Supper at 6 pm, followed by a program at 7 pm at the Secular Hub, 3100 Downing St. All HOC members are invited to the board meeting that is held at 4 pm just prior to the potluck. Please join us for a social event. You can also read more about the Humanists of Colorado, find out more about humanism, or find out how to become a member of HOC.

The Next Meeting of Humanists of Colorado


Sunday 9 August 2015 - Education with Reading Partners


As an educational 501 (c) 3 entity, the HOC values education above nearly all else. With the school year starting up, we are pleased to present a talk by Jess Morse of Reading Partners, a national literacy tutoring nonprofit that works in elementary schools.

Community Engagement Manager Jess Morse is an advocate of exploring innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Before joining the Reading Partners team, Jess co-founded ThinkImpact, an education travel company that built programs for college students to explore immersive learning, leadership, and design thinking in rural communities across Africa and Latin America. At ThinkImpact Jess wore many hats, but found her niche in the world of community engagement, building successful partnerships with top universities including University of Southern California, Northwestern University, and Dartmouth. A Bay Area native, Jess received her bachelor's from UC Davis in international relations and a master's in international education from George Washington University. She lights up when she is vinyl hunting, backpacking and meeting new people!

Reading Partners is a national literacy tutoring nonprofit founded in 1999 that works in elementary schools to support low-income K-5 students who are reading six months to two and a half years below grade-level proficiency. In a dedicated reading center at each of our 14 Denver Metro area partner schools, we train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students by following a structured curriculum that aligns with nation-wide standards for learning. We support at-home reading and family involvement through a Take Reading Home library in the center. In the 2013-14 school year, Reading Partners tutors gave 15,000 hours of service to provide essential literacy skills to 553 students at 11 in-school reading centers across Denver and Aurora. 94% percent of target students accelerated their monthly rates of literacy learning, and 78% of students narrowed their literacy achievement gaps with on-grade-level peers.


Venue Instructions: Parking is available on the side of the building, on the street, in the lot across the alley, and in the lot across 31st street. Please do not park directly behind the building, under the stairway to the upstairs apartments.


Slight change in format this month: No potluck! The HOC will provide pizza and salad, starting at 6:00 PM. Please RSVP so we can judge the number of attendees.


 For further information call HOC President Kimberly Saviano at 720-275-9513.