THANK YOU TO
for their generous category sponsorship.
Child Community Services is established to provide community-based services to meet the needs of children ages 5-18 years old and their parents in all areas of mental health. Our mission is to provide accessible and quality services through counseling, Case Management, treatment, and crisis intervention. Our vision is to lower the suicide rates among children and teens in our community.
Artistic expression and self-expression through music are part of our shared humanity. Our 44th Season "With Every Breath We Sing" will inform the way we sing, work, and live together to build a better world. Through musical excellence, we create confident, compassionate, community-minded young people. Our musicians representing many different walks of life come together.
Since 2011, Hear Here Poetry has encouraged young and diverse audiences to actively listen, write, and share. We provide high-quality access points to writing and performance poetry education and host open-mic and spoken word events. Through skill building, writing prompts, online, and classroom events we cultivate safe spaces for brave words and inspire life-long learning.
Since 2017, Hillside Connection (HC) has effectively utilized sport as a platform to convene, engage and empower 350+ underprivileged youth participants in the community. Under the leadership and direction of Southeast Colorado Springs native, Terrell Brown, and a strong cohort of coaches and mentors, HC is committed to providing pathways to opportunity, empowering youth populations to excel in the GAME OF LIFE.
We help LGBTQ+ youth discover their potential to thrive! IOYS is a safe space, education, and advocacy center visited by more than 600 young people ages 13-24 each year, virtually or in person. Together, we build community resilience through life skills and healthy relationships, a food pantry and clothing closet, writing poetry and making art, dancing at Queer Prom, and receiving personalized mentoring from trusted adults.
YDA trains youth from under-represented backgrounds 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.