Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 27, 2010) – Today, Ent Federal Credit Union awarded eleven regional organizations its Youth Endowment Series (YES) program grants for 2010.
The recipient agencies are:
· Big Brother/Big Sisters – Pikes Peak Region
· Child Nursery Centers
· Children’s ARK
· Colorado Springs Teen Court
· Fostering Hope Foundation
· Pikes Peak Community Action Agency
· Pikes Peak Prep
· Salvation Army
· Special Kids/Special Families
· Urban Peak Colorado Springs

Introduced in 2000, the YES program directs specific support to organizations benefiting children and young people in the Pikes Peak Region and in and around Pueblo, Denver and Weld Counties. The program has provided total grants of nearly $475,000 to agencies serving education, health care, and cultural needs, among other services.

Sixty Pikes Peak area non-profit (501(c)(3)) organizations applied for the 2010 grants; applications were evaluated on past and projected benefit to the community, potential ability to use the Ent grant to obtain additional funds and degree of current community support, among other criteria.
For more information about Ent, visit

Peak Vista Announces New Providor

Colorado Springs, CO, --Peak Vista Community Health Centers announces the association of Mihir V. Patel, M.D., to support patients at its Family Health Center at Union, located at 225 South Union.

Dr. Patel transitions to Colorado from Wyoming where he was in family medicine. Completing his residency at Rose Family Medicine in Denver, Dr. Patel attended medical school in Israel and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He enjoys all the outdoor activities that Colorado affords and volunteers for multiple charities.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is an accredited, non-profit organization with more than 480 employees at 16 centers throughout El Paso and Teller counties. Its mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually offers primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 58,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit or call 344-6606.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Ent’s relocated, new and improved service center at 7520 Bierstadt Heights near the corner of McLaughlin Road and Woodmen Road, is now open for business. On April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon, Ent will be celebrating its grand opening with a full slate of activities for the entire family.

Attendees will have a chance to win two-for-one $20s in the lobby ATM and participate in a drawing to win one year’s rent paid by Ent on a 3” x 10” biometric safe box, a keyless "self-service" box that requires fingerprint authentication for entry.

Children will enjoy the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Mobile’s petting zoo and a complimentary balloon twister. Free food and refreshments will be available during the event. An official ribbon cutting will begin at 10 a.m. and include a presentation of $2,500 from Ent to the Falcon Education Foundation.

Ent’s new, larger service center includes several new features:

* Biometric self-service safe boxes
* Two drive-up lanes
* A 24-hour drive-up ATM
* State-of-the-art coin counter
* Instant issue Debit Card capabilities
* And, access to Business Banking, Mortgage Lending, and Investment Services representatives

“The new and improved service center offers members in Falcon state-of-the-art amenities for managing their money,” says Shannon Lathrop, Ent’s Falcon service area manager. “With added features like instant issue Debit Card capabilities and 24-hour drive up ATM access, we offer even greater convenience to our members.”

About Ent
Ent Federal Credit Union, established in 1957, is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with $3 billion in assets and more than 198,000 members.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Unemployment Insurance Q & A, Colorado Springs, April 29 and 30


Colorado Springs, CO - - The Pikes Peak Workforce Center announces that counselors from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Unemployment Insurance Program will be at the center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to address questions and concerns people may have about their Unemployment Insurance accounts.

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado

CONTACTS: 719.667.3700,

Expert counselors will be in attendance to answer questions about specific claims and assist with virtually any question about unemployment insurance in Colorado. Counselors have experience in assisting claimants and have the ability to make complex issues understandable. These sessions will provide opportunities for participants to get their questions answered in a clear and direct style.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Model Train Show and Swap, Colorado Springs, May 8, 2010

On Saturday, May 8th, the Pikes Peak Division of the National Model Railroad Association will have its spring train show and swap meet for adults and children. Time is from 9:00 to 3:00 PM. ALL scales. Trains will be running and vendors will be selling train related items. Just west of I-25 at the Trinity United Methodist Church gymnasium, 701 N. 20th St. in Colorado Springs. Adults with coupon $4.00 and children under 12 are FREE. FREE parking. Food and drinks will be available. CLIP THIS AD TO USE AS YOUR COUPON.


April 12, 2010, Colorado Springs, CO - - The Pikes Peak Workforce Center announces the 2010 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Summer Youth Employment Program.

The program provides paid internship opportunities for low-income, out-of-school young adults between the ages of 16 through 24.

These internships will take place at businesses and organizations throughout El Paso and Teller Counties.

Participants in the ARRA Summer Youth Employment Program need to be available between April 21 and June 30, 2010, for on-the-job work experience and ongoing career readiness and life skills training.

Eligibility requirements must be met. Limited internships are available. Applications will be accept on a first-come, first-served basis through April 21, 2010

Interested young adults should apply online at


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

FutureSelf moves to downtown Colorado Springs

Local Youth-Serving Non-Profit FutureSelf Joins the Business Community Downtown

FutureSelf, a local non-profit serving youth, ages 12 to 24 through arts education, career-readiness and micro-enterprise has moved behind the Colorado Springs Independent at 214 E. Vermijo Ave. In our new location we will provide art workshops, training and open studio for young people after-school and on the weekends, while offering the wider community opportunities to view and purchase exhibited work or commission artists for specific creative projects.

We are introducing ourselves to our downtown neighbors and the rest of the Pikes Peak region with an open house on Saturday, April 24 from 1 to 5 pm and 7 to 10 pm. During the day we will welcome guests with beverages, picnic-type food, furniture, birdhouses, youth art, garden art, film screenings and other
surprises. The evening will bring more of the same, along with the blues stylings of local artist-extraordinaire Grant Sabin and special delectable treats from Coquette Creperie, other local restaurants and adult beverages provided by Bristol Brewery!

Since its first art workshop in 2000, FutureSelf has been providing the transformational power of the creative process to youth who may not have access to exploratory, safe risk-taking experiences, positive peer and adult mentoring or simply a place to belong. Although open to every young person 12 – 24 years of age, many of the youth FutureSelf works with are low-income youth from the Pikes Peak region. Our mission is to invite transformation through the arts. We believe that every young person has the capacity and desire to do well, and we use art to bring out this potential. Our tools are passion, talent and youthful vision. Our outcomes are motivated young people who are set on a path to post-secondary education, entrepreneurial ventures and future careers that positively contribute to the world around them.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

HIRE Colorado Seeks Employers for April 13, 2010 Hiring Fair

HIRE Colorado Seeks Companies with Engineering, Information Technology and Administrative Positions

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking employers who have open positions in engineering, information technology (IT) or administrative fields to participate in its Second HIRE Colorado Hiring Event.

WHO: Employers in the Pikes Peak region who have open positions in engineering, information technology or administrative fields

WHAT: HIRE Colorado Hiring Fair

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

WHERE: Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.

WHY: Employers can find skilled, unemployed workers and benefit from subsidized internships and on-the-job training opportunities

HOW: There is no charge for booth space; however, space is limited to the first 15 employers who register. To reserve a booth, please call Felicia at 719.357.9891 or


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at

KidLead Program come to Colorado Springs, April 23, 2010

Peek your head into Colorado Springs' Center for Creative Leadership's executive training programs and you'll see that most of the corporate participants are between the ages of 30-55.

But a very unique program is coming to Colorado Springs called KidLead. The brain child of leadership development specialist, Dr. Alan E. Nelson. KidLead is a non-profit that has age-sized executive training to ages 10-13. In addition to 50 hours of concentrated, active learning curriculum, taught by certified trainers, KidLead has designed the first leadership aptitude assessment that adults can take on children as young as 3 years of age.

Dr. Nelson, who lives in Monterey, CA, is the author of "KidLead: Growing Great Leaders" and will be facilitating a live preview of their program on Fri., April 23, 10-11AM at Woodmen Valley Chapel. The public is invited to observe. Students from a
pilot program in Benjamin-Eaton public school will be demonstrating the curriculum.

For more info on KidLead and/or to contact Dr. Nelson, you can contact him through the website or at
fax: 831.886.1527

Check out KidLead's new book on growing great leaders:

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Box City - Inspiring Tomorrow's Builders and Designers

Colorado Industrial Packaging is proud to sponsor Colorado Springs' Box City for Kids. Colorado Industrial Packaging is partnering with The American Institute of Architects for Colorado Architecture Month, a month-long celebration of Colorado architecture and design. There are several free events and educational opportunities for the public, including the ever-popular Box City for Kids event.

Colorado Springs Box City for Kids is a very popular event where children experience the design and construction industry firsthand by requesting permits, ordering materials, designing buildings and constructing those buildings into a cardboard city. Colorado Industrial Packaging is proud to sponsor this event by donating all the boxes the kids will need to build their city!

Date: Saturday, April 24

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Queen Palmer Elementary School, gymnasium (1921 E. Yampa, St., Colorado Springs, Colo., 80909)

Cost: Free, however, reservations are requested to ensure entry (call 303.446.2266, or e-mail Open to the Public