Task: Prevent teen and adolescent suicide
Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and El Paso County is an epicenter. This ongoing work supports both region-wide program development strategy and tactical implementation of emotional resilience programs that keep kids alive.Read More
Task: Identify viable opportunities to sustain the legacy and positive community impact of Venetucci Farm.
For over a century, Venetucci Farm has held a special place in the Colorado Springs community as a source of food, education, and pumpkins for area school children. Water contamination forced the historic operation to close. Teams of interdisciplinary students and faculty engaged community stakeholders, analyzed opportunities, and ultimately identified a viable path forward.Read More
Task: Equip nonprofit leaders and funders with what they need to respond successfully to changing circumstances.
Disruptions from the Covid-19 Pandemic have threatened essential community services and nonprofit operations; this project focused on understanding exactly how nonprofits have been impacted and what specific strategies can be used to improve organizational resilience in order to protect essential community impact.Read More
Task: Increase participation and representation of youth perspectives in decision-making about electricity generation.
Students conducted focus groups, interviews, and a survey to capture how area youth think about electricity production and to understand their priorities in the future. Findings were used to support the weighing of different factors (cost, environmental impact, reliability, innovation etc.) in scenario planning, and also to support the ultimate adoption of a planned energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation by 90% by 2050.Read More