About Us

What Does G.A.T.E Stand For?

One of the questions we hear most often, is “what does G.A.T.E stand for?” Our acronym means: Gaining Advancement Through Education. As you can imagine, that concept is the foundation of our goals and everything we strive to do.

The History of the G.A.T.E. Coalition

The G.A.T.E Denver Children’s Coalition was founded in 1993 by Jeanine Howard and Nicole Brigsly. Ms. Howard was an elementary principle and Ms. Brigsly was a local librarian. The two of them both identified a need to further educational activities and opportunities for the children of Denver and joined together to form the coalition to give the children the educational opportunities they deserve. With the help of a few grants and the generosity of local fundraising, the G.A.T.E Coalition was made possible and programming has only expanded since founding. The G.A.T.E. Coalition reflects Denver’s commitment to and value of education and its confidence in the bright futures of the children of Denver.

The research is clear that children need educational enrichment outside the classroom with engaging activities. Learn more about why we’re so committed to being a strong extracurricular educational organization:

Meet our Team!

Co-Founders: Jeanie Howard & Nicole Brigsly

Executive Director: Bethany Langston

Activities Coordinator: Chrissy Brooks

Community Outreach: Diane Carver

Vounteers: Sam Neilsson, Cora Jones, Bobbi Kent, Charles Durbin, Assan Hafsani, Ashley Han, Marie Geddy, Kaia Brown, Liz Philipp, Jordan Rouse, Peter McIntyre