Colorado State University - Pueblo Junior PLP Class engages next generation of leaders

Juniors in the President’s Leadership Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo are hoping to bridge the gap between local nonprofits and the youth of Pueblo so that service-learning can be beneficial to all parties involved. The class is working in tandem with a nonprofit organization called Pathfinder Solutions on the Engaging the Next Generation of Talent Project. The Pathfinder Solutions is a Colorado nonprofit research and advisory firm specializing in organizational effectiveness and change management for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate social responsibility programs.
In order to provide recognition to the youth already involved in volunteerism, as well as provide inspiration to those who have yet to start, the class established a "Storytelling Contest" for 14-18 year olds to sum up in a short video how volunteerism has impacted their community as well as their personal growth. The top three winners will receive cash prizes ($200, $100, $50) and will be revealed at a luncheon on Dec 14. Submissions were free to teens ages 14 to 18. The 2-4-minute videos by groups or individuals will be judged based on creativity, impact on the community, and the quality of video production. Individuals or groups submitted a video on YouTube then posted a link on the organization’s Facebook page. Entries may be viewed at
In order to make connections between Pueblo nonprofit organizations and high school students interested in community service projects, the junior class is sponsoring the luncheon from       
11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Fortino Ballroom at Pueblo Community College, 900 Orman Ave. That day will be dedicated to provide networking connections for the students hungry for service-learning and to promote the use of youth volunteerism in both parties. The top three video contest entries also will be announced at that time.
For more information on the project or the associated event and contest, contact Chelsea Curl at 719-330-9326 or at  Reservations to the luncheon may be made by calling or e-mailing Curl by 5 p.m. on December 9. 

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