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Nestaseyah Baadani remembers vividly the time before she worked in coffee — feeling that she was sleepwalking through life, that she didn’t measure up, that she had no idea what to do. The people who mentored her over a decade working as a barista changed the way she saw herself, she says, and that changed […]
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Victoria Mann took on lots of responsibility and a big learning curve in her first full-time job after college. But the 23-year-old quickly got her feet under her as project coordinator at the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization — or C-TRAC — a nonprofit organization that brings together government, education and industry partners to […]
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By Lily Reavis Emma Tang is a self-professed “feminist in progress.” Although she has spent the past three years participating in political debates, growing her online advocacy network and planning her 2040 presidential campaign, the 17-year-old firmly believes that she will never stop learning how to best fill the ever-changing role of a feminist leader. […]
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JonMarc Radspinner never anticipated staying in the Springs — where he moved at age 3 from his native Houston — beyond his 2014 graduation from Colorado Springs Early Colleges. “When I was 18, I wanted to move away because I felt like I was going to stagnate in Colorado Springs,” said Radspinner, the 23-year-old general […]
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Montana Horsfall moved to Colorado Springs with two suitcases, one guitar, no job and no place to live. It’s not the craziest thing she’s ever done. She’s been an EMT, an office assistant, a veterinary technician, a social work student, a science student, a restaurant manager, and a Nashville stage manager. Now an acclaimed bartender […]
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Ashley Felice fulfilled a dream of becoming a police officer while serving with the Army. “As a little kid, I actually wanted to be a homicide detective,” she said. “And I still have a passion to be a police officer.” Now, married to a Colorado Springs Police detective and the mother of five kids ranging […]
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Jacy Rittmer grew up on a little farm outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and she can see the stark change in farmers’ fortunes. “Our rural economies right now are suffering,” she said. “I drive back and forth from Colorado all the time and that drive takes you through rural Kansas, through rural Nebraska. And the closer […]
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It often takes lawyers decades to make their mark. At 31, Joel Pratt has already earned a reputation as a skilled attorney and valued member of the legal community. An attorney with Dailey Law PC, he specializes in family law.  He also volunteers extensively with legal organizations and puts in many pro bono hours serving […]
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The signs were there early. As a kid in small-town Alaska, Katherine Rhoades says, her friends hated playing Barbies with her. “I was just terrible at it,” she recalls. “I would rather sort the clothes than dress the dolls. “My family and friends definitely recognized me as a natural for organizing. Even as a child, […]
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Cooking began as a family bonding experience for Hannah Cupples, but she knew from an early age that it would one day become her livelihood as well. “I pretty much knew I wanted to cook since I was 4 years old,” said Cupples, now 24 and the chef de cuisine at Four by Brother Luck […]
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Two worlds collided one day when Tonia Nifong was performing with the Flourish Dance Company in Colorado Springs. On that stage, Nifong took her first step toward her job as communications manager for The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which provides a range of services and advocates for people with disabilities and their families. […]
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Southeast Colorado Springs has long endured a reputation for crime, poverty, drugs and high dropout rates — but talk to Julie Ramirez, and you’ll hear about a community ready to reinvent itself. Ramirez, 27, is the Southeast community coordinator for the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, and she’s helping build the grassroots enthusiasm, practical skills […]
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