community impact

Youth Success and Family Stability


freedom springs

Pikes Peak United Way is thrilled to announce that the first ever, permanent supportive housing facility for homeless Veterans in El Paso County will be built next year. Construction is scheduled to begin Spring of 2018 on the East side of the city in Cimarron Hills. Colorado Springs suffers from a lack of affordable housing and currently has no project-based permanent supportive housing developments specifically addressing the needs of Veterans who are seeking to end their homelessness. Freedom Springs will change that.


school readiness

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - Providing books to children age 0-5 at no cost to families.

CPCD....Giving children a Head Start

Diakonia Preschools
The Resource Exchange

Early Connections Learning Center

Catholic Charities & CPCD - Children's Early Education Collaboration




youth success

Youth Venture

Griffith Centers for Children

Big Brothers Big Sisters

High school graduation

Colorado Springs Promise

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak United Way and School District 11

Women's Resource Agency

Peak Education

USTC Life Skills Mentoring Program

College access and preparation

UCCS Student Success and Enrollment


Pikes Peak United Way partners with community agencies to help students attain educational success from kindergarten to graduation.



Colorado Springs Promise


UCCS and Pikes Peak United Way are working with School District 11 and Mitchell High School to identify key barriers and through collaboration, implement community initiatives geared towards removing those barriers.

If you would like more information on how to get involved please email

Colorado Springs Promise from Pikes Peak United Way on Vimeo.

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Youth Venture


Pikes Peak United Way Youth Venture is more than a program or an activity. It’s a movement of youth, by youth and for youth, leading a generation of social change. By recognizing a need in their community and working as a team to correct the problem, the next generation of change-makers will be arming society , not with weapons of conflict , but rather instruments of action as agents of change. Young people involved in youth Venture develop leadership skills, build confidence, provide countless services to their communities and most importantly are given the chance to make lasting positive change on others, as well as themselves. At the same time, they learn how to confront problems, face them, and find creative solutions.


Youth Venture - Sabin Middle School from Pikes Peak United Way on Vimeo.


Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Give a child the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.  Since January 2013, Pikes Peak United Way has sent out 236,912 books to children in the Pikes Peak region.  For $30 a year, you will ensure that one child in our community receives a book a month; the program is for children age birth to five.  “Often times the most powerful things are the simple things,” said David Dodson, President of the Dollywood Foundation.  Created in 1996, Dolly Parton wanted to send free books to children who might not have books. 



Yes it is simple, just $30 a year will buy one child a book a month.  Donate $150 and that covers birth to age 5.

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Youth Success and Family Stability

Our strategy for youth success includes three key areas:

Wrap-Around Support: Providing systemic wrap-around supports to drive youth success in school (e.g., expanding access to afterschool and summer learning programs, tutoring, mentoring, post-secondary access and completion assistance)

A Path to Success After School
: Preparing youth for transition into employment with career exploration, soft skills development, job training, internships, and volunteer experiences.

Family Stability and Engagement
: Engaging families of struggling students and connecting them to the information, resources, and tools they need to support their children ( “community schools” that offer services beyond educating the child—like financial education for the parents and medical care for the whole family). partner agencies



In 2014, more than 73 million youth (ages 15–24) around the world were unemployed. Today, the youth unemployment rate is nearly three times higher than that of adults. What’s needed is a true “cradle-to-career” continuum: a talent pipeline that prepares the next generation for the jobs of tomorrow, supplies businesses with skilled workers and builds a robust,
competitive economy.

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