downtown-colorado-springsLeadership Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs Rising Professionals have partnered again for the second annual city scavenger hunt today to get young professionals clued in to local community improvement efforts and the importance of the November election.

“The Hunt-A Civic Scavenger Adventure,” will take place from 4:30-6 p.m., beginning and ending at the Ritz Grill’s Elbow Room on 15 S. Tejon St.

The activity will guide participants to downtown organizations and landmarks through clues that promote local programs and volunteer opportunities. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will speak and the winning team will receive drink tickets at the Ritz and a bottle of wine after the challenge.

“All participants will have exposure to community organizations and education that will connect people to opportunities to support the growth of Colorado Springs,” said Courtney Stone, chair of CSRP Civic Engagement Committee. “Ultimately we recognize that volunteering and voting are two of the ways that young people become invested in and begin to care more about the community they are a part of.”

Almost all involved organizations will have a staff member manning the hunt, which is intended to highlight the work of the organization in a fun way, Stone said.

“Each organization has chosen their activity and will have the opportunity to interact with potential supporters and volunteers,” she said.

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A core purpose of this event is highlighting the importance of voting, Stone said.

“We are a nonpartisan organization but acknowledge that young people vote at significantly lower rates than our generational counterparts,” she said. “We want to ensure that young people are informed and encouraged to vote as a part of our ‘Ballot Battles ‘016’ program, where we are challenging young professionals groups in four other cities to a ‘vote-off’ in the November election.”

Team registrations are maxed out for the hunt but anyone is welcome to join participants during a cocktail hour and award presentation at The Ritz from 6-8 p.m., according to Stone.

Those interested can also register at leadershippikespeak.org or at the door for $20.

“Colorado Springs Rising Professionals is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and in the last 10 years, the focus has always been to serve as a conduit for young professionals in our community to help with their professional development and achieve civic goals,” said Krithika Prashant, CSRP chair-elect.