The Heightening Outcomes for Public Benefit Enrolled Students Program is an MSU Denver program whose mission is to support students receiving public benefits such as:







We support our students with ongoing case management and peer support. The HOPES program aims to improve students’ academic, professional, and personal aspirations by empowering self-advocacy, community and intellectual development.


  • Ongoing support from a Peer Mentor
  • As needed support from Dr. Cooper
  • Life skills workshops
  • Events to build community and connection with HOPES members
  • Public benefits support and maintenance
  • Access to important resources


Interested in applying for the HOPES Program?

WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! (Must be receiving public benefits to be considered)

CLICK HERE for the application for The HOPES Program. 

The HOPES Program has a rolling enrollment until the program is full.


Join us for our parenting group every other Wednesday! For more information, please contact Jess Parise or Ily Mabe!

Jess Parise – [email protected]

Ily Mabe – [email protected]

HOPES Peer Mentors


frances light

@:  [email protected]

Hi. My name is Frances light but most call me Frankie. I am your new peer mentor with the HOPES program. I started as a criminal justice major at MSU in the spring of 2020 and very quickly switched to biology with a psychology minor and now my concentration is animal sciences. On top of my own mental health issues, I had a rocky beginning when I started school and could not have persevered as well as I have without the help of the Student Care Center and the HOPES program. Even now, doing much better with everything, it is nice to know that the HOPES program is there to back me up and that is why I am very happy to be here to share the knowledge and the know-how of navigating all the resources and more here at MSU and beyond. I am empathetic and understanding of all situations because I have most likely been there myself. In my free time I like good music, to go dancing, alter and create jewelry, watch too much Netflix, and hang with my 15 pound black cat named Boomer.

I am on campus three days a week. Feel free to stop me and say hello or shoot me an email if you have any questions or concerns or just want to chat.




Jessica Parise

[email protected]

 I wanted to become a peer mentor in hopes to use the strength and knowledge I have gained from fighting my own personal battles and help students who are facing battles of their own. When I was going through many of those struggles, I didn’t have a handbook for what do, nor anyone in my corner helping me fight. It can be extremely discouraging having to navigate some of the most stressful situations by yourself with little to no knowledge of what to do next. Having overcome MANY of those situations myself, my passion is to pay it forward and be the light in the darkness for many of you.

If you have any questions and/or concerns or would just love to introduce yourself to me, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or stop by the student care center!

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Ily Mabe

@: [email protected]

Hi, I’m Ily Mabe! I am a mother and social work major; I am  here to help! Shoot me an email to get connected.

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Dr. Benjamin Cooper PSY.D (HOPES program Coordinator)

Ben Cooper joined the Student Care Center in 2021.  Ben has an M.A. in counseling psychology and a Psy.D. in child and family mental health.  Ben has spent his career dedicated to the well-being and education of children, adolescents, and adults.  Following his education, Ben has worked as an affiliate faculty at MSU in the Department of Psychological Sciences, as a child and family psychotherapist, special education teacher, and elementary school principal.  Ben is a native of Colorado and enjoys all of the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer.  Ben currently lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, Cath, and their dog Lucy.

CONTACT: [email protected]