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for sponsoring the Big Ideas category. The Southeast Express is a nonprofit newspaper of, for and by the remarkably diverse and vibrant, but economically redeveloping, southeast quadrant of Colorado Springs.
Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places. It is the only nonprofit program in our region bringing professionally curated sculptures and murals to the city center for the enjoyment of all. Beloved works like the Humpty Dumpty eggmen, the giant Octo-Maid and colorful murals show that our community is an inspiring, creative, well-cared-for and unique place for people from all walks of life.
Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs opened in 2019 to provide comprehensive health care to kids in the Pikes Peak region. It features the only pediatric emergency department, behavioral health emergency program, surgery center, sleep study center and epilepsy monitoring unit in the region for kids.
Immigrants in deportation proceedings are not entitled to legal representation at the expense of the state. An immigrant’s chances of winning are much higher when represented. We link immigrants who are in deportation proceedings with our highly qualified member attorneys who can take their cases at pro-bono or low-bono rates. By securing legal counsel for these individuals, we help keep families together.
We’re putting down roots and developing 3.5 acres of vacant land in Southeast Colorado Springs into the Hillside Hub, a neighborhood food center! The Hub will be a space for urban farming, compost production, micro-enterprise development, educational workshops, & fresh grocery distribution. We're bringing neighbors together to grow, cook, learn about, access, gain employment, & advocate for fresh food.
CSPM builds a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region by preserving and sharing our cultural history. Through innovative exhibits, educational outreach and programming, preservation of objects and collections, we connect more than 100,000 visitors annually to important stories about our community. We encourage visitors to discover the past, make sense of the present and shape the region's future.
Converge Lecture Series operates three programs (large scale lectures featuring nationally acclaimed authors; community lectures; and a high school fellowship program with Harrison School District 2) intended to prompt dialogue centered on the following questions: who are we? what are we doing? what should we do? Dorothy Day, journalist and social activist, wrote “we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can.”
Harley’s Hope is Colorado’s only multi-program safety net charity focused on providing services to help pets remain in their homes. We work with low-income pet parents who may struggle to afford life-saving veterinary care for their companions or need help caring for their pets when temporarily incapacitated due to their own illness, temporary homelessness, or domestic violence.
Celebrating thirty-one years in the Pikes Peak region, the Manitou Art Center has a lot to share with the community. We support hundreds of people and organizations monthly. Over one hundred artists have 24/7 access to our printmaking, screenprinting, papermaking, clay, fiber, design (3D printers and laser cutters), wood, metal, glass and darkroom equipment. Join us in our skill, space & tool-sharing fun!
Serving students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds from 7th grade through completion of college, Peak Education empowers individuals to reach their potential by expanding educational choices, vision and dreams for the future. The key is our unique, community-based combination of college and career readiness curriculum; deep mentoring relationships; leadership development and service-learning; and family engagement.
Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission is continuing social justice action and increasing capacity in the Pikes Peak Region to be a more just place. We have Peace Camp each year, so that students learn about Peace with Self! Peace with Planet! Peace with Community! We have also created L.E.A.D. Excellence Academy to assist youth with intersections of the juvenile justice system and expulsion to ensure success!
PPLD is a vital force for individual & community transformation. PPLD empowers individuals and families while providing them the opportunity to gain new skill sets and access a wealth of information and resources without regard to economic status, ethnicity, lifestyle, or religion. These resources and opportunities change individual lives and build community throughout the Pikes Peak region.
Project Angel Heart improves health and well-being for Coloradans with life-threatening illnesses through the power of food as medicine. Our professional chefs prepare tasty, nourishing meals from scratch and tailor them to meet clients’ medical needs. Each week, volunteers deliver them to 250 Colorado Springs neighbors (and another 950 in other areas) coping with illnesses like cancer, kidney disease, and HIV/AIDS.
We offer free services aimed at stopping the spread of HIV in our community. A person taking medication for HIV not only has the same life expectancy as someone without HIV, but these medications ensure that they will not spread the virus to anyone else. For those that are HIV negative they can add an additional level of protection by taking one pill a day that will keep them from getting HIV.
Society often discriminates against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), inhibiting access to basic human rights. The Arc PPR’s Building for Change Inclusive Campus will help those with disabilities to achieve their vision through personal development, life skills training, and expanded advocacy efforts, while involving the community in improving the culture for those with I/DD.
Everyone deserves easy access to the outdoors, because the outdoors connect us to ourselves and to each other. This guides everything we do at the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Preserving open space, connecting trails, championing our Friends Groups; we exist to protect those public spaces you care about. We strive to be your eyes, ears and voice for trails, parks and open spaces.
YDA trains under-represented youth how to make professional-quality documentary films. Through intensive mentorship, students learn to appreciate and amplify their voice, their story, and their ideas. Topics include suicide/mental health, race/self-image, and immigration, among others. When complete, YDA teaches our youth how to use their films in the community to spark dialogue and inspire change.