Urban Peak Bike Program Empowers Youth through Transportation

Urban Peak Bike Program pic Urban Peak Colorado Springs offers a number of services for youth at risk of or currently facing homelessness. In addition to operating a 20-bed shelter for individuals aged 15 to 21, the nonprofit provides programs aimed at supporting youth on the journey to self-sufficiency. This support system includes the Urban Peak bike program, which provides a bicycle, helmet, and lock to youth who volunteer within the local community.

After earning a bike through public service, young people benefit from the independence afforded by an economical form of transportation. Bicycle ownership provides a pathway to achieve educational goals, allowing recipients to travel to high school, college classes, or GED testing. Reliable transportation also allows youth to secure and maintain employment. While empowering youth to achieve their goals and overcome challenges, Urban Peak’s bicycle program also promotes a healthy lifestyle and introduces bicycle recipients to the responsibility of ownership.

In addition to providing bikes, Urban Peak Colorado Springs helps young people learn to use them safely. Volunteers provide instruction on basic bicycle safety and repair and offer ongoing assistance to the program’s bicycle owners.


Urban Nights 2015 Encourages Guests to be Grateful

Urban Nights outdoor fashion show pic The third annual Urban Nights outdoor fashion show benefiting Urban Peak, a Colorado-based nonprofit serving homeless youth, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, at Denver’s Mile High Station. Volunteer models will showcase the creations of many of Colorado’s most popular up-and-coming designers on a 200-foot stage—the state’s longest fashion runway. For the second consecutive year, the event will feature the designs of Mondo Guerra, the winner of Project Runway All-Stars. Inspired by the artwork of Urban Peak youth, he will design an exclusive collection of avant-garde pieces especially for the occasion.

Urban Nights 2015 will draw inspiration from the theme “#grateful,” a concept that not only recognizes the daily struggles surmounted by youth facing homelessness, but also acknowledges the generous support offered by Urban Nights attendees and patrons. Promoting the idea that all individuals have reasons for gratitude, Urban Nights urges attendees to seize the opportunity to celebrate the good in their lives.

Additionally, Urban Nights will provide a venue at which Urban Peak can confer its annual Urban Legend Award to Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation. Ms. Morgridge will receive the honor in recognition of her philanthropic leadership, which, for more than 15 years, has benefited organizations such as the University of Denver, Mile High United Way, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Urban Nights 2015 to Feature Fashion Show, Entertainment by Charice

Urban Nights 2015 pic Offering a wide range of services in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Urban Peak provides support to at-risk and currently homeless youth as they work towards self-sufficiency. On August 29, 2015, the organization will participate in its third annual Urban Nights fundraiser, an event inspired by Omaha Fashion Week. Established and underwritten by the Joseph Family, Urban Nights benefits Urban Peak and its mission to aid youth experiencing homelessness.

Taking place at Denver’s Mile High Station, Urban Nights will feature a fashion show showcasing creations from several of the city’s most promising emerging designers. Guests will have a chance to mingle at celebrations before and after the main event, which will offer headline entertainment by Charice, an entertainer well known for her role on Glee. Attendees can also take part in a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the supportive activities and youth of Urban Peak.

Urban Nights is currently seeking sponsors for 2015. Those interested in supporting the annual Urban Peak benefit event can find more information at http://www.urbannightsdenver.org/be-a-sponsor.

America’s Road Home Supports Urban Peak

Throughout its history in the Denver/Colorado Springs area, America’s Road Home has supported a number of prominent charities in Colorado and beyond. Rick Schaden, as an avid supporter of ending family homelessness, has helped America’s Road Home play an integral role in the activities of Urban Peak, a Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals in need and at-risk youth to learn the necessary skills to become self-sufficient adults. In addition to helping children and teenagers overcome real-life challenges in a supportive environment, Urban Peak fosters a sense of caring and community, which can have a tremendous impact on the development of young people.

In the field of education and employment, Urban Peak works hard to help children and teenagers achieve success in the classroom and prepare themselves for their careers. Urban Peak organizes a number of individual and small group study sessions designed to help youth complete a high school diploma or GED test. Additionally, Urban Peak’s Job Readiness Training course covers topics such as creating a cover letter and resume, job search techniques, and job retention training.