To inspire life-changing confidence in underserved youth in Colorado through access to outdoor education.
Colorado High Country Educational Treks is built on a tradition of service to community, and instilling confidence in young people from underserved areas of Denver. Leader Dominic Lucero grew up with similar programs in Northwest Denver, and has refined the mission of the organization to inspire confidence in underserved youth through access to outdoors education. It is increasingly clear that one of the major barriers for students of low socio-economic standing is confidence to succeed, and access to programs which can foster that important life skill. Colorado High-Country Educational Treks is here to make sure this mission gets accomplished, and that students in Colorado are able to learn from, and enjoy the beauty of their state.
Who We Are
Dominic Lucero - President and Lead Expeditioner
Dominic has been an avid outdoorsman for all of his life. He was raised in Denver's north side neighborhood, and was a participant in his Uncle's programs when he was a child. Dominic has spent the last 15 years serving the youth of Denver as special education paraprofessional, Dean of Students, and Restorative Approaches Coordinator. With a strong passion to give back to the community that made him who he is, Dominic is pleased and honored to be continuing his Uncle's legacy, and providing what he thinks is a game-changing opportunity for young people to experience their state's beauty, and cultivate the confidence to succeed in their lives in school and beyond.
Royal Hurst IV - Activities Director
Royal brings a wealth of experience to our organization. He holds a Bachelors degree in sociology from CSU-Pueblo. Royal spent 5 years as a truancy reduction specialist/community advocate at Pueblo South HS, 1 year juvenile probation officer for South Carolina department of juvenile justice, and 1 year as the family, community, school advocate for Northridge Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Most recently, he has been the Restorative Justice Coordinator/Dean at Denver North High School. Royal is also a highly qualified physical/health educator.
Edwina Lucero - Director of Communications and Marketing
Edwina was a self-proclaimed anti-outdoorswoman until she met and married Dominic. Since that fateful time, she has grown to love the outdoors - camping, fishing, and enjoying the beautiful state of Colorado. Also an educator, Edwina is passionate about the organization's mission, and has seen first-hand the amazing growth that can happen in students both academically and personally, when given access to opportunities.
Mateo Lopez-Activities Director
As a 7Th Generation Coloradan, Mateo is an avid outdoorsman. Having spent valuable time in his youth enjoying many of Colorado's natural wonders, Mateo has a focus on children being able to play outside in nature. His Philosophy is presenting our youth with an oppurtunity to enjoy their beautiful backyard that is Colorado.
Professionally, Mateo is a retired Veteran, entrepreneur as well having worked in Various Denver Public Schools.