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


Aida Beyene

@: [email protected]

Hello Everyone!

My name is Aida, pronounced ‘Ida”.  I was raised in Denver and came to the US as an immigrant from east Africa.  I attended MSU for the first time when I was 18yrs old and returned many years later to explore a 2nd career in Cybersecurity.  I am in my Junior year and really happy with my decision to return to college.
I have had my share of challenges and I hope to use the things I’ve learned in this role.  I am a big advocate for play and relaxation and I’m always trying something new on campus. Currently I’m part of the co-ed flag football team with MSU recreation.
I hope you all utilize the amazing resources on campus and remember to have fun!

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]