Archive for March, 2014

A Good Morning for a Night Owl

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Zoe Goodman

I’m not a morning person. I do everything in my power to avoid getting up before 7:10am, leaving just enough time to get to work at 8 on a typical day. Two Saturdays ago, however, I was happily up by 5:30am and on my way to Pikes Peak Community College for El Pomar’s College Readiness and Success Program (CRSP). Once every few months, a dedicated team of community volunteers, school counselors, representatives from each institution of higher education in Colorado Springs, and several El Pomar staff members come together to host a day-long college and career readiness seminar for over 100 high school students from military families and diverse ethnic backgrounds, many of whom could be first generation college students. During the seminar, students attend college classes, meet with college counselors, fill out financial aid forms, and interact with community leaders who are invested in their success. (more…)

Building a Better World

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Colin McCarey

As an anthropology major, I am deeply interested in human nature and action.  I tend to believe that altruism is not inherent in our nature, but is nonetheless critical to societal prosperity.  Actions taken for the benefit of people other than yourself and your immediate kin strengthen and enrich humanity, and establish a precedent that will enhance the future quality of human life. (more…)

Applied Leadership 101: Rattlers Case Study

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Beau Kelly

My first day as the head coach of the Academy Little League Rattlers was a little overwhelming. Nine and ten year old boys ran wild at Keller Park. After four years of college baseball and a few weeks of preparation, I drew up a practice plan for a group of all-stars. After my assistant coaches and I spent the first five minutes of our practice corralling the Rattlers, I realized I needed to revise our game plan. Thankfully, the leadership training provided in the Fellowship prepared me for the challenges I faced throughout the season. (more…)

25 Years Strong: CASA of the Pikes Peak Region

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Justin Coughlin

In 1979, Judge David Soukp, of Washington, saw a need for abused and neglected children to have better personal and meaningful representation in court.  The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) movement was born to fulfill this need.   To date, there are 933 programs with more than 77,000 CASA volunteers who have advocated for approximately 234,000 abused and neglected children nationwide. (more…)

Creating Change through Cavity Prevention

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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…)

Stories of Impact: Westside CARES

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Joanna French

Westside CARES proves that it takes the generosity and commitment from the community to assist our residents in need. Through the partnership of 21 member churches on the west side of Colorado Springs, many individuals and families receive the emergency assistance and support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. (more…)

My Love Affair With Colorado

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Devanie Helman

I was born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado and attended the University of Denver. The mountains have become a permanent fixture in my concept of natural beauty, and the laid-back, loving nature of Coloradans has become commonplace. I am a true Colorado native, yet I have never felt more connected to the state than I do right now. As I consider my future plans, I decided to begin by looking outside Colorado’s borders.  The opportunity to leave the state forced me to look inward, and I began to realize how desperately committed to the state of Colorado I am. (more…)

Reflections on the SLE Winter Retreat

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Ben Haughton

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).