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Impact at All Levels

Two miles up a dirt road from the small town of Chicaman, Guatemala lays the secluded community of Chitas, nestled between dense forest and coffee plantations that hug the surrounding cliffs. The community consists of a school, chapel and dirt floor huts which house up to eight people and are smaller than the average American living room. They are furnished with, modest kitchens and perhaps a cot. Rain and a wood-burning stove serve as the water source and furnace. Life in Chitas is not glamorous.

by El Pomar Foundation, the Oct. 17, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

Medicine Horse Center - Horses Helping People

Horses are gentle beings that often incite powerful emotional reactions in humans; people seem to love them or fear them. Love and fear are two emotions at the heart of many of life’s greater issues. Herd animals are often considered naturally empathetic. Empathy helps create a relationship between horse and rider in which both become attuned and yield to the other. The Medicine Horse Center combines the psychological and therapeutic benefits of working with horses with a mental health staff of licensed therapists to offer Equine therapy.

by Haley Griffis, the July 7, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Write Until it's Right

I don’t know anything about communications. In fact, I don’t even particularly love to write – as a freshman at Harvard University, I discovered I would much rather take an exam than spend hours creating, editing, and revising an essay. Yet somehow I found myself becoming the Communications Intern for El Pomar Foundation, a job which involves writing every single day.

by Aidan Connaughton, the June 5, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Increasing Value

After a visit to El Pomar Foundation, I realized an important truth. The modern city of Colorado Springs that I have come to know and love, the neighborhood I live in, and the high school that I attended—Fountain Valley School of Colorado—would likely not exist if it had not been for the entrepreneurial mind and philanthropic spirit of a single couple, Spencer and Julie Penrose.

by Douglas Adams, the June 2, 2017, 7:38 a.m.

Two Perspectives for the Betterment of Colorado

In the two internships I’ve had since my first year of college, working in the Colorado state legislature and now at El Pomar Foundation, improving Colorado’s well-being has been the foremost objective of both institutions. Both work toward the betterment of Colorado, although they utilize extremely different means. When I first came to El Pomar I had a question in the back of my mind: who’s better at it?

by Corbin Hart, the Sept. 23, 2016, 8:04 a.m.

My HOBY Adventure

When a person volunteers for HOBY, they are not just a volunteer, they are family. HOBY is a huge network of people who love to learn about leadership, make new friends, and change lives for the better.

by Antonio Huerta , the Sept. 6, 2016, 3:02 p.m.

Horsing Around!

"Life, like horseback riding, can be fairly dangerous if you are not present and focused on the task at hand."

by Haley Griffis, the Aug. 15, 2016, 8:43 a.m.

Step By Step, Region By Region

Anyone who has driven across Colorado on I-70 can see first-hand the remarkably varied geography of the state. Whether cruising through the golden plains of eastern Colorado-- or excitedly climbing Vail Pass for a weekend skiing in the mountains, the topography of Colorado is striking and awe-inspiring. As much as I adore the excitement and wonder of the natural beauty that surrounds residents of this state, I often fail to consider how the land we love uniquely shapes the people who live there.

by Jordan Purdham, the Aug. 9, 2016, 10:22 a.m.

What Do You Want Most?

Thousands of years ago, a great warrior sent his armies against a powerful foe whose men vastly outnumbered his own. The chances of success looked slim but the warrior loaded his soldiers into boats and sailed to the enemy’s country. After everyone disembarked, he gave the order to burn the ships, the soldiers’ only escape from the island. Addressing his men before the first battle, the warrior said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. We cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice; we win or we perish!” The army went on to win the battle.

by Lori Bellingham, the Aug. 31, 2015, 10:04 a.m.

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