A lifetime in Colorado Springs School District 11
Joseph Shelton is a long time friend and supporter of Colorado Springs School District 11, having grown up in the D11 Education System.
Joseph was born on September 10, 1996 in Colorado Springs, CO. Joseph's Father was in the U.S. Army causing Joseph to travel the world, until he came to settle in Colorado Springs in September 2001.
Joseph has lived his education life in School District 11, attending James Madison Elementary School from grades 1-5, Irving Middle School for 6th Grade, North Middle School for 7-8, and William J. Palmer High School for 9-12, graduating in May 2015.
Joseph attended Irving Middle School during the school shut down and was apart of the many progressive students wanting to keep the school open for future generations to attend. Although unsuccessful, Joseph attended Board meetings, protests after school hours, silent protests, meetings with the Superintendent and many other events.
Joseph has volunteered numerous of times for School District 11, attending Board Meetings, assisting North Middle School with Holiday Baskets, as well during his Junior year, he was apart of Superintendent Dr. Nick Gledich's Student Sounding Board.
Joseph has a lifetime of Community Activities in locations such as Colorado Springs Police Department, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs Utilities, and many other locations adding to over 3500 hours of Community Service.
Joseph is the founder and current Vice President of Colorado Springs Breaking Boundaries, an LGBTQ+ organization in Colorado Springs. Joseph is currently a Planning Committee Member for the annual Educating Children of Color Conference presented by the Educating Children of Color Inc. (ECOCI). Joseph was the first ever Student Representative volunteer for School District 11 for the ECOCI. Joseph was also the first ever Student Representative on the Board of Directors for the ECOCI.
Joseph is the first openly gay person to run for office in El Paso County, CO.
Joseph declared his candidacy in February 2019 at Pikes Peak Library District - Penrose Library.