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
Seth Boster, The Gazette
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.
On the third day of hiking on windy trails and camping under thistle-filled trees, adversity manifested itself in the form of a 50 foot cliff. Although I do not consider myself to be much of a rock climber, I made summiting this cliff my personal challenge.
"Life, like horseback riding, can be fairly dangerous if you are not present and focused on the task at hand."
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.