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for their generous category sponsorship. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent Credit Union is committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and supporting community.
ACT II brings literature to life through the magic of theatre with wholesome, educational, high-quality productions for local schools and the community. School children read the book, then watch it unfold on stage. We subsidize ticket prices so that all schools, including low-income schools, can enjoy this life-changing art. We also provide young actors with a safe environment where they can grow in their character and talent.
Angels of America’s Fallen empowers children of our fallen military, police, fire, and EMS heroes by engaging them in positive activities throughout their entire childhood. We support them not just one time, but with a commitment to see them positively involved in healthy activities such as sports, music, and arts all year, every year, and all the way through 18 years old without having to reapply.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado provides youth facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Adult community volunteers are paired with youth to be a Big Brother or Big Sister — and through simply giving the invaluable gift of friendship, these match relationships change lives for the better, forever.
CASA's Milton Foster Children's Fund provides unduplicated resources for foster children, ages 0-21, to give them a sense of normalcy in a situation that is anything but normal. Resources may include financial support for unmet needs and activities, life-skills workshops such as budgeting, self-care, and nutrition, and access to free clothing and accessories through The Hanger, a project within Milton Foster.
Numerous studies show that youth grades K-12 benefit physically, emotionally, and academically from environmental education. We believe that these benefits should be accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic status. We strive to offer our state-recognized programs to all youth. Through outdoor science adventures, students gain skills in making a difference as well as the sense of self-confidence that they can.
We train youth to be responsible, productive citizens who give back to their community, and use the universal language of music to break down barriers within and among generations, ethnicities and cultures. We sing and serve at home, across the nation and around the world as ambassadors of the Pikes Peak region. CSCC creates a safe place for young people to express themselves and connect with others.
The CSYSA provides for the artistic and educational development of young people (ages 6-18) in the Pikes Peak area by offering high-quality, diverse musical experiences. We believe that any child who wants to learn a symphonic instrument should be able to do so. We not only stress musical growth and excellence, but also personal development and citizenship. Students gain confidence through lessons, responsibility and leadership.
Concrete Couch works with kids and community groups to create public art, to build community, and to create environments and experiences that humanize our world. For over 15 years, we have worked with some of our community's most underserved populations: military families and veterans, Title One schools, adjudicated teens, senior citizens, developmentally differently-abled people, and those earning service hours.
Hands are for Holding was developed to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of middle and high school students. This interactive school assembly program uses dance performance, gesture, and dialogue to explore bullying, healthy and unhealthy relationships, social isolation, boundaries, consent, and technological abuse. This program will create a new generation of healthy, positive relationships!
Hear Here Poetry encourages intergenerational and diverse audiences to actively listen, write, and share by providing high-quality access points to writing and performance poetry education. With our workshops, events, and competitions, we annually coach the city’s top youth voices to an international stage. More than time with microphone or pen, we exist to foster brave, inclusive, and life-sharing community networks.
At Hillside Connection, we provide pathways to opportunities for 1st through 6th grade boys in Southern Colorado Springs. We offer field trips and enrichment activities to reinforce the importance of education and civic engagement. We also offer basketball clinics because we believe that the skills necessary to succeed - drive, commitment, resilience - can be learned through sport.
We help LGBTQ+ youth discover their potential to thrive. IOYS is a safe space and self-advocacy center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ+) and ally young people, ages 13-22. Over 600 young people visit annually to build healthy relationships, grab food from our pantry, write poetry, browse our clothing closet, make friends, dance at our Queer Prom, and receive mentoring and support.
We work alongside community partners to make bicycling accessible to kids and families, regardless of income, all year long. We operate the Pedal Station whereby bicycles, equipment, and energy all come together in order to create innovative and fun programs for kids. We passionately address the barriers to bicycling so that everyone, especially kids, feel empowered to take ownership of their own health.
We provide Advocacy, Education, Case Management and Mentorship for under-served individuals, families and youth who have been impacted by various forms of Trauma. In our Project Right Direction Program and our “My Brothers’ & Sisters’ Keeper” Domestic Violence Program.
The Millibo Art Theatre was named after two wonderful performers - Millie Harrison and Bo Frese – Millie and Bo. They exemplified the passion, dedication, and sense of play that we bring to all of our programs at the Millibo. We create “New Theatre” for children and adults that brings together the best of the performing arts. We build the audiences and the artists for tomorrow.
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.
We believe that everyone can grow from the physical and mental benefits that come from enjoying healthy outdoor activities. Our programs are open to ALL individuals in the Colorado Springs community. We are a membership fee-free organization with no prerequisites, and we provide all of the knowledge, gear, and inspiration needed to enjoy all of the outdoor recreation opportunities that the region has to offer.
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.