The competitive advantage of the Regional Partnerships program is that each Regional Council is geographically-based, allowing for the full utilization of local knowledge and expertise. According to the Telluride Foundation’s 2006 Health Needs Assessment, oral health care and the lack of dental care providers for low income children was one of the top health concerns for residents in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. With this data in hand, the San Juan Regional Council began exploring opportunities to make an impact. Ultimately, the Telluride Foundation, headed by former San Juan Regional Council Member, Paul Major, founded the San Juan Kids Cavity Prevention Program (SKIPPY) in partnership with the Montrose Community Dental Clinic and the Forsyth Institute in Boston as a local health initiative. (more…)
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As Fellows, we are fortunate to engage with a variety of unique individuals and groups on a daily basis. I have worked with a wide variety of people within El Pomar Foundation, on external nonprofit boards, and other organizations around the community. We are surrounded by impressive leaders, and I have gained professionally and personally from each of these experiences. That said, a group that has had a significant impact for me over the course of my Fellowship is the staff, Fellows and scholars who comprise the Student Leadership Experience (SLE).
Attempting to rise out of homelessness while simultaneously negotiating the responsibilities of adulthood can be immensely challenging. Youth experiencing homelessness face significant obstacles. Without Urban Peak Colorado Springs, many of these youth would not have the services and support necessary to find stable housing and realize their full potential. (more…)
The Trustees of El Pomar Foundation met recently to consider grant proposals and recommendations from Regional Councils. They approved nearly 130 grants totaling more than $1.7 million. Recipients represent 39 counties from across the state of Colorado.
During the spring of 2013, La Veta Fire Protection Chief David DeTray asked the district’s board of directors for permission to pursue an El Pomar Foundation Wild Land Fire Fund grant. Before his organization could apply for funding, the volunteer fire district 15 miles west of Walsenburg caught fire. (more…)
Moving to a new community can be overwhelming for any individual. For those who are simultaneously struggling to learn English, adapt to the cultural norms of the United States, perhaps escape domestic violence, and become better parents, Centro de la Familia is there to help. (more…)
I spent New Years and the few days preceding it in Washington DC with a few of the people I love most in the world. We visited the White House, the Holocaust Museum and the Newseum We stopped by the FDR and Jefferson Memorials, and I saw the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial for the first time. While wandering through these spaces created to honor the heroes who walked before us, I took the time to study the words etched into the stone.
Tourists flock to the much-loved Cheyenne Mountain Zoo year round to learn more about the wild animals, ride the historic Herschell carousel, and enjoy the spectacular views of Colorado Springs and beyond. The Zoo shares a special place in our childhood memories, but many do not realize Spencer Penrose founded the nationally-renowned zoo in 1926. (more…)
Have you ever been so struck by the kindness of a stranger that it stayed with you long after the interaction? For the past two weeks I had been driving with a low tire, soon to be flat, and was putting off doing anything about it. Finally, while at work, one of my coworkers noticed that my front tire was dangerously low. I could deny the truth no longer, I had to put air in my tires and I had no idea how to do it. I am not the most mechanically inclined person, never the less I decided to embark on my flat tire journey. (more…)
Erika was the 14 year-old child of a single mother. She struggled in school due to a learning disability and poor language skills in both English and Spanish, and she was at a high risk of dropping out and teen pregnancy. In the face of these challenges, Partners Mentoring Youth helped Erika imagine a brighter future for herself.
Partners Mentoring Youth supports teens facing personal, social, and academic challenges by pairing them with positive adult role models. The program allows the youth to engage in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Role models work with teens to help them develop important character traits for school achievement by fostering improvements in self-esteem, confidence, and future thinking. The mentorship program builds strong relationships and stronger communities.
When Erika entered the program and began meeting with her mentor, Nanci, she was exposed to new opportunities for finding success. Erika began volunteering at Beads for Life where she organized a food drive for the humane society in addition to planning fun social activities for her peers. Through her volunteering experience, Erika found a new purpose and a new path. After she started in the mentoring program, Erika’s teachers noticed significant improvement in her grades and her overall performance.
Thanks to Partners Mentoring Youth, Erika is once again on a trajectory for success, and she is not alone. In 2012, Partners Mentoring Youth changed the lives of 29 other youth in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Estes Park. If you would like more information on Partners Mentoring youth, please visit http://www.partnersmentoringyouth.org.
This blog seeks to share stories of impact from across Colorado through our grantees. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how people in your community have been impacted by the work you do.