Counties: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo
Cities: La Junta, Lamar, Pueblo, Trinidad, Walsenburg
The Southeast Council supports quality afterschool programs to provide literacy, numeracy, and enrichment based opportunities to at-risk youth. The Council recently funded an afterschool program through Project HOPE in Prowers County, and the Rocky Ford afterschool program in Otero County.
The HOPE Center provides healthy active living classes, opportunities for students to restore donated bikes, and a safe and fun place for an average of 150 youth per day, with almost 50 of those students electing to stay until 8:00p.m. In an effort to expand beyond an afterschool tutoring program to a center serving the entire community, the HOPE Center provides adult ESL classes, hosts a youth leadership program, offers a diabetes class facilitated by High Plains Community Health Center for Spanish speaking families, and teaches a Fit Family Challenge class.
The success of the HOPE Center is illustrated by the inspiring anecdotes told by students. One youth captures the true essence of what this place means: “The HOPE Center is the best. It helps me with my homework. I get to be with my friends and spend time with them. The people who work here care about our future. Trust me, these people really, and I mean really, care about us.”
Meet Our Regional Council Members
William J. Hybl
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, El Pomar Foundation
President Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center
Small Business Development Director
President and CEO, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
The Honorable Dennis Maes
Former Chief Judge, 10th Judicial District
Vice President, El Pomar Foundation
Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation