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Pikes Peak Community Development Initiative (PPCD)


College Readiness and Success Program (CRSP)


About PPCD

The Pikes Peak Community Development Initiative is designed to continue the lessons learned at El Pomar Foundation from over 20 years experience developing and operating programs and outreach efforts that effectively assist in identifying local issues of concern to direct funding and resources. 

Mission:  Develop a comprehensive set of grantmaking, technical assistance and capacity-       building activities to address shared concerns and quality of life issues in the southeast area of El Paso County.

Purpose:  Build on El Pomar Foundation's active and visible role creating opportunitites through proactive philanthopy and innovative partnerships with a broad representation of leaders from civic and community-based organizations that serve the southeast area of El Paso County.

College Readiness and Success Workshop Series

Action Plan:  The workshop series will address a range of topics including college success, self advocacy, financial literacy, pre-collegiate resources, and retention. This comprehensive workshop series will consist of four workshops at no cost to students and families. All workshops are facilitated by higher education professionals and are designed to expose students to resources and opportunities for post secondary education. The workshop series will serve 140 students. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.




University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Colorado College

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College

Friday, February 19, 2016

United States Air Force Academy

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Educating Children of Color Summit

Saturday, January 16, 2016


The College Readiness and Success Workshop Series is designed to support and encourage:

  • Students who are interested in developing academic and leadership skills; need assistance with goal orientation and organization; currently have a "C or better" grade point average

  • Parents and family involvement

  • Principals/teachers /counselors to serve as "Student Recruitment Coordinators"

Resource Guide

Action plan:  Create, design and disseminate (hard copy and online) a comprehensive resource guide to identify programs, organizations, and events that connects youth to post-secondary education opportunities.

Educating Children of Color Summit

Action Plan:  Provide support to the Educating Children of Color Summit and encourage all workshop participants to attend the annual summit. The summit seeks to dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline for children of color, and children in poverty, through education.

Program Documents

Student Recruitment Coordinators

CRSP Volunteers and Ambassadors

Resource Fair & Resource Guide

CRSP Program Evaluation 










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