We live in a mountain state. As a child, I believed west meant “toward the mountain”, and truly trusted the mountain would be there wherever I went until, of course, I went to college in Texas. Colorado kids are quite popular at Texas Universities, because Texans assume all Coloradans have a ski slope in their backyard, little did they know where I actually called home. With mountain backdrops, the foothills line some of the most beautiful and thriving cities in the country. The mountains are the destinations of our tourists, the image on our license plates, and definition of Colorado.
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Last week, we said goodbye to our class of 2011 fellows. Though we are excited to see where these bright young individuals will go next, we are sad to see them go. Before we say goodbye, we thought we’d take a moment to share where these young leaders are headed. (more…)
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June is Bike Month here in Colorado, and what better time to introduce El Pomar’s new bike fleet? As part of El Pomar’s sustainability efforts, the bikes will help reduce El Pomar’s carbon footprint when travelling to and from our offices at the Foundation, while also promoting health and wellness among El Pomar Staff.
In other bike-related news, the League of American Bicyclists recently crowned Colorado as the second most bike-friendly state in the US. Colorado was able to move up 20 places in just five years, and Governor Hickenlooper is committed to making the Centennial State No. 1 in the near future.
This week, the El Pomar Foundation welcomed eight undergraduate students to partake in the 2013 Summer Internship Program. Coming from eight different schools across the country and with majors ranging from physics to English, this year’s intern class brings diverse and unique perspectives to the Foundation.
Every year, the program provides interns hands-on experience and an introduction to the nonprofit sector. Interns receive mentoring from senior staff while gaining professional development in weekly seminars. For more information regarding the El Pomar Summer Internship Program, visit our website.
For the past 19 years, El Pomar has welcomed 53 delegations from 39 different countries as part of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program. Every year, El Pomar hosts two to three different delegations, each emphasizing the importance of intercultural and political exchanges through meetings with elected officials, constitutional officers, and community leaders at all levels.
I find it a trend in my life that I typically jump into things without fully thinking them through. Not everyone views this is a positive. But, imagine a world full of white rabbits and no mad hatters? Boring. (more…)
Over the past few years, El Pomar Foundation’s Northwest Regional Council has focused its efforts on retaining a steady workforce in spite of economic ebbs and flows that come with the oil and gas industry. This spurred the Council to ask the question: how can we give youth in the Northwest Region more opportunities to pursue higher education?
I was born into a world full of books and opportunity. As much priority was placed on reading as doing the dishes or cleaning my room. I didn’t have to work during school, and our family schedule was rearranged for every game, track meet, and college visit. (more…)
Wayne Caudill, a student at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS), was selected last weekend as the Colorado Leadership Alliance’s (CLA) Student Leader of the Year. Caudill, who also participates in El Pomar’s Student Leadership Experience, was given the honor at the annual CLA Summit held in Denver. More than 200 students participating in leadership programs from 11 Colorado universities attended the Summit.
Coloradans without a high school diploma face many challenges. They are likely to earn less than their more-educated peers, are more likely to be incarcerated, and some even face decreased life expectancy. In addition, they are likely to incur thousands more in social costs due to lower tax contributions, higher reliance on Medicaid and Medicare, higher rates of crime, and higher reliance on welfare.
Yet for those dropouts who wish to pursue a better life, the barriers to obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) degree often seem insurmountable. Language, poverty, pregnancy, illness, technology, and incarceration can dull hopes for a brighter future.