Due to decreased vehicle traffic, effective April 6, the Peterson Air Force Base north gate will be closed until further notice. The west and east gates will maintain their normal operating hours.
Additionally, effective April 8, the visitor control centers at both Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station will be open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Springs Metro League has announced two, Harrison School District Two basketball players as “League Player of the Year” for the 2019-2020 season; D’nae Wilson from Sierra High School and Donta Dawson from Harrison High School.
D’nae Wilson, Sierra High School senior, became the second all-time leading scorer for Sierra with 1,510 points in her career. For the 2019-2020 season, D’nae scored 484 points, 78 rebounds, and had 55, 3-point shots made.
Donta Dawson, Harrison High School junior, scored 435 points this season with an average of 18.1 points per game. Donta has a shot percentage of 48% from the field and 71% at the free-throw line.
The Colorado Springs Metro League has also selected Sierra High School girls basketball coach, Joe Williams, as the “Coach of the Year” for the 2019-2020 season. Coach Williams has been with the Stallion girls program since 2010. In the past three years, he has brought the Stallions to the Great Eight round of the CHSAA playoffs and won the first league title for the girls since 2008.
Dear Friends, Youth, and Supporters of Inside Out Youth Services,
Starting Monday, March 16, Inside Out Youth Services will join El Paso County school districts, and LGBTQ+ centers across the United States in temporarily closing our facility. This necessary action is an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 infection. The closure will be from March 16 through at least April 30, 2020 and we will be continually evaluating next steps alongside our school district, health partners, and LGBTQ+ center partners.
It is never easy to close our center and our services. We know how much our brave space means to the countless LGBTQ+ youth we serve. But we believe that strong, urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of this disease and to protect lives.
During this time, we will be moving to moderated online groups run by our youth program staff and mental health clinician so that we can continue building resilience and community during this unprecedented time. Youth will still be able to access our staff by calling a center line during drop-in hours by calling or texting 719-315-1825. To get access to the discord, please either email Candace (Candace@insideoutys.org) or text the number above to join..
Recognizing that is important for us all to stay updated on guidance from public health officials we are following the advice from the Center for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Finally, times like this always serve as a reminder of the barriers and health inequities many of those in our community face because of discrimination and stigma. Inside Out Youth Services has signed onto an open letter in partnership with the National LGBT Cancer Network recognizing our community’s particular vulnerabilities:
The LGBTQ+ population uses tobacco at rates that are 50% higher than the general population. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that has proven particularly harmful to smokers.
The LGBTQ+ population has higher rates of HIV and cancer, which means a greater number of us may have compromised immune systems, leaving us more vulnerable to COVID-19 infections.
LGBTQ+ people continue to experience discrimination, unwelcoming attitudes, and lack of understanding from providers and staff in many health care settings, and as a result, many are reluctant to seek medical care except in situations that feel urgent—and perhaps not even then.
Since our inception in 1990, we have worked to combat these health risks for the youth we serve. It continues to be our greatest honor to do this vital work.
Jessie Pocock, Executive Director