Posts for : January 2013

Women with Disabilities Support Group

Independence Center

Women with Disabilities Support Group

The Independence Center (The IC) is starting a support group to:

  • Create a safe and welcoming place from women to come together and support each other
  • Encourage women to share ideas and experiences with each other
  • Allow women to build a community amongst themselves


If you are interested in being a part of this support group, please contact Jill at 719-471-8181  x 108

We hope to start meeting in February.  Date and time to be determined.

Pikes Peak Work Force Public Service Announcement


SumJob YouthZone



PPWFC 1301

Contact: Jeanne Cotter

Phone: 667-3730

Cell:  499-0642


Workforce Center Seeks Employers
Willing To Hire Youth for Summer Jobs                          

Click on this to read about Hiring Young PeopleDr. Bolton

January 14, 2013, Colorado Springs, CO – Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens is disappearing.

Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August. The decline has been particularly sharp since 2000, with employment for 16-to-19-year olds falling to the lowest level since World War II.

And teen employment may never return to pre-recession levels, suggests a projection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Experts agree that lack of employment opportunities for teens and young adults often leads to a lack of knowledge and experience needed to build long-term careers. Those who don’t work in their teen years may not learn the soft skills needed to be successful employees in the future.

“Employers can help,” says Dr. Lance Bolton, President of the Pikes Peak Community College System. “Students need, and benefit enormously from, work opportunities. Part-time employment or internships can be life-changing for students who know little about professional work environments. Skills related to character, self-control and work ethic naturally emerge from work opportunities in business.”

To help youth find summer employment, The Pikes Peak Workforce Center Youth Zone is seeking employers who have summer positions for youth,

16 through 21, to attend the Annual Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Youth Job Fair.

WHAT:  Youth Job Fair

WHY:  Employers can find the best young people for their summer jobs and help train their future workforce in one place, at one time.

WHEN:  Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:  The DoubleTree Hotel, 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

WHO:  Employers in El Paso and Teller Counties who need to fill their summer positions and who pay the minimum wage of $7.78 per hour.

HOW:  There is no charge for employers to attend and participating employers get a free lunch!  To reserve a booth, please call Bob Gemignani at 719.667.3829 or

1.    Pikes Peak Parent, June 12, 2012,


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at



January Coalition Meeting…Wed., January 16th…1:30 PM


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – 1:30PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – El Paso County Fairgrounds, 366 10th Street, Calhan, CO



I.             Introductions

II.           Homeward Pikes Peak – Bob Holmes, Executive Director

(Their focus is getting homeless people off the streets and into permanent housing, jobs and – in the case of children – into school.  Public service plays a huge part with their program.)

III.          Update from agencies in attendance

IV.         Save the Date reminders:

Michelle Milner, with PP United Way 211 invited our Coalition agencies to post activities on their electronic calendar which located on the website.   The events must be health and human service related, ie: not fundraising events.  Event information can be emailed to Michelle at   If you have any questions, please feel free to call Michelle at 719-955-0732.

V.          Next Meeting – Wed. February 20, 2013

Location:  EXHIBIT Hall – El Paso County Fairgrounds


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  • JOB OPPORTUNITY…. part time  position with the PEAK Parent Center for their newly formed Development Coordinator position.  Click HERE