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Director of Community Outreach and Support
David McMurtry is currently the GO FOR IT! Director of Community Outreach and Support. He oversees the creation, planning and implementation of all of the GO FOR IT! Seven Keys to Success school/youth programs. He began working with the organization in January 2009 and finds the opportunity to be a perfect blend between two of his passions: working to improve education in the country and empowering teachers, parents and students. His view on the world stems from the belief that individuals ultimately control their own attitudes and are free to choose in every moment. He sees limitless potential in each person and knows that all people have the power within them to be a force of nature.
Before joining the GO FOR IT! team, David taught middle school humanities and was a high school tennis, basketball and baseball coach. Additionally, he has worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at a Denver school and before that he was a counselor for at-risk youth at a short-term residential facility in San Diego. The common theme throughout these years has been his commitment to working with and empowering young adults.
David is a Denver native but has spent the majority of the past ten years living outside of Colorado and traveling abroad. He graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Comparative Politics. While in college he spent a semester living in South Africa and has been passionate about traveling ever since. His travels have taken him to Ecuador, Thailand, Cambodia, parts of Europe and most recently, India.
David enjoys tennis, yoga, the Broncos, doing magic, reading and camping. David describes himself as someone who loves life, knows that he is constantly evolving, and is grateful for the opportunities that each day brings.
“In school, I had difficulty with my attitude. I thought that every time I did something, I wouldn’t finish or I couldn’t do it. By taking this class it helped me with my positive attitude and my habits. It showed me how to think on my feet and also taking the right path. But with all the Seven Keys to Success, I use these habits in school and with my family and friends. Now that I’m in high school, I use the positive attitude in my school work. It makes things better and easier. It changed things inside and outside. It made me think things twice before doing something. Thanks for the program. It made a big impact in my life.”
“GO FOR IT! has helped me a lot. It has really changed me by Key #2 “I Believe in Myself!” People are always telling you, ‘you can’t do this’, and I never listen to them. I just keep on going. My mom is always telling me, ‘Do the right stuff. That’s the best.’ I really love to keep on going with the GO FOR IT!Program and I hope I can do all seven keys!”
“GO FOR IT! has changed my life by letting me feel good about myself. I learned to have a positive attitude instead of having a negative attitude. When my mom asks me to do something I do it instead of making up an excuse like ‘I have to do my homework’ or ‘I don’t want to.’ It has helped me do my homework with a positive attitude. Doing my homework with a positive attitude has led me to better grades. GO FOR IT! has helped me to follow my dreams of becoming a veterinarian. GO FOR IT! has also helped me take a big step in life. Remember, if you have dreams then follow them and GO FOR IT!“