As a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow in the Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative, I am one among 1,000 Fellows accepted from a pool of more than 49,000 applicants. After six weeks of studies in leadership, entrepreneurship and business at Cambridge College in Massachusetts, I I have been lucky to be placed at El Pomar, a “Foundation for Colorado,” where I learned how conversation in the community can prepare leaders to take action.
Since 2012, El Pomar Foundation has donated $40,000 towards the business partnership plan.
Ginni Hill and Julia Lawton, the Fellows working with the Southwest Regional Council, have a stronger affiliation with their region than most El Pomar Fellows. From Cortez and Durango, respectively, the two share their gratitude and reflect on the unique opportunity to contribute in their home communities through El Pomar’s Regional Partnerships Program.
“Understanding the current state of affairs in a community is essential for understanding success in the future.”
Already two years down the line, Tamara Volz, Executive Director of The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County, notes the multiple benefits the Southwest Early Childhood Regional Collaborative has provided for organizations throughout the region.
Through gaining the input of educational experts and stakeholders in the region, Thayer Tutt and the Southwest Regional Council were able to identify early childhood education as a means to reduce future societal costs.
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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?
Angelica Lombardi, The Gazette
Now a Fellow at El Pomar, I recently realized that I have come full circle. What started out as an interest in high school has since bloomed into a postgraduate career. Looking back on my excursions through rural Colorado, it is understandable why I value El Pomar’s statewide focus. While the major populations in Colorado are found along the Front Range, some of the most committed individuals live where nobody is looking.
Russ Baldwin, The Prowers Journal
Playing outside, going for a swim, hiking, hunting, fishing: these are all easily accessible for most Coloradans. Being physically active and enjoying everything Colorado has to offer is an amazing privilege but others are stripped of that privilege or simply do not have the opportunity due to disabilities.
Nanette Anderson, The Gazette
Chhun Sun, The Gazette
Tom Roeder, The Gazette