2020 Fellow

Steph Frances
Steph FrancesFounder and Executive Director, Prodigy Ventures Inc.

Meet Steph

As the Founder & Executive Director of Prodigy Ventures, 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. Founded in 2015, Prodigy Ventures operates a social enterprise and apprenticeship for disconnected young adults in Denver. Steph has led Prodigy’s enterprise to double-digit year-over-year sales growth and built an apprenticeship model for disconnected youth with an 85% completion rate. Prodigy has received numerous accolades including Best New Coffeehouse in Denver.

Steph was recently the Keynote Speaker at the 2019 Kentucky Apprenticeship Summit, represented Prodigy at the Global Homeboy Network Gathering, the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Forum, and National Youth Employment Coalition. She is also a chapter author in the Modern Apprenticeship reader published by the Urban Institute. Steph holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and was a Denver Business Journal 2018 Outstanding Women in Business finalist.

Prior to her work with Prodigy, Steph was Manager of Youth Career Development at Goodwill Industries of Denver and a Job Developer at Ken Menno & Associates. She is a licensed foster parent through Lutheran Family Services and is the process of becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children at Voices for Children of Boulder County.