Council Member Spotlight: Gina Cimino and Dana Duran
Southeast Regional Council Member Gina Cimino and Northwest Regional Council Member Dana Duran discuss their involvement in youth services and revitalization efforts happening in the cities of Trinidad and Craig, respectively.
Grant Partner Spotlight: Huerfano County Youth Services
Huerfano County Youth Services, otherwise known as the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth, is one of four grantees of the Southeast Regional Council in the area of youth mental health resiliency. The persistence and dedication of grant partners like Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth are the lifeblood of the Regional Partnerships program, and especially the Southeast Regional Council and its focus on youth mental health and resiliency.
Understanding The Landscape of Youth Mental Health Support in the San Luis Valley
In 2021, the Colorado Children’s Hospital declared a state of emergency in youth mental health in Colorado, leading the San Luis Valley Regional Council to complete a Youth Mental Health Landscape Analysis in 2022. The Council, with the support of El Pomar staff, compiled a list of organizations, funders and government agencies working to address youth mental health.
Takeaways from the Central Peaks Regional Council’s Youth Mental Health Panel
The Central Peaks Regional Council met with youth mental health experts to discuss the most pressing issues in the region and how organizations are addressing these issues and gaps in funding and services. One recurring theme of discussion was isolation and connection.
Statewide 2022: A Look into Community Well-being
Each year, El Pomar Foundation’s Regional Partnerships program convenes its regional council members and other philanthropic leaders at its Statewide meeting to network, learn about and discuss key issues affecting the state.
Courageous Discomfort and Empty Chairs
Creed Bauman, Internship Class of 2022, reflects on El Pomar Foundation's Regional Partnership Program and the role it plays in helping us to diversify decision making.
Southwest Regional Council Expands Focus from Youth Mental Health to Youth Development
Over the past six years supporting youth mental health, the Southwest Regional Council has expanded its understanding of the ever-evolving and diverse youth well-being needs in the region and the programs and solutions that most effectively address these needs. As a result, the Council’s focus has evolved from youth mental health, specifically, to youth well-being and development, more generally.
San Juan Regional Council Moves from Responsive to Preventive Mental Health Funding
Over the past few years, the San Juan Regional Council has focused its grant making efforts on youth mental health. While responsive care in the region serves an essential purpose in supporting mental and behavioral health care needs, the Council has recently focused efforts on funding local organizations working towards holistic youth well-being through preventative mental health programming.
The Value of Multi-Year Grant Making in the High Country Region
The High Country Regional Council recognized the opportunity for greater impact through making long-term commitments to nonprofits. According to Regional Trustee Dave Palenchar, “the additional security of future years of funding provides the nonprofit the opportunity to spend more strategic time on mission engagement and allows it to better address and adapt to the changing challenges it will likely face while pursuing its programmatic objectives over several years.”
Colorado’s Educational Landscape: An Interview with Rebecca Holmes
1st Year Fellow Reilly Torres, who supports the Metro Regional Council, interviewed Metro Regional Council member and President and CEO of Colorado Education Initiative Rebecca Holmes to learn more about the educational landscape across our state.