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Mon. 06/17/24
Renowned Gardner Carney Leadership Institute Hosts 20th Anniversary Leadership Lab at Fountain Valley School This Week (Photo)
Fountain Valley School - 06/17/24 7:01 PM
Throughout the remainder of the gcLi Leadership Lab, attendees will be tasked with embracing mindfulness, participating in role playing and workshops, learning the nuts and bolts of leadership programming, developing plans of their own, and dissecting feedback submitted by their colleagues and peers.
Throughout the remainder of the gcLi Leadership Lab, attendees will be tasked with embracing mindfulness, participating in role playing and workshops, learning the nuts and bolts of leadership programming, developing plans of their own, and dissecting feedback submitted by their colleagues and peers.
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Fountain Valley School (FVS) is once again hosting the annual Gardner Carney Leadership Institute (gcLi) Leadership Lab, a nationally renowned program fostering leadership qualities, collaboration, and innovative teaching strategies among K-12 educators and administrators. This year's Leadership Lab – located on FVS’s 1,100-acre campus in southern Colorado Springs – is scheduled for June 14 through 20.

Established in 2005 in memory of FVS alumnus Gardner L. Gordon Carney ’92, who passed away tragically in a kayaking accident during his senior year of college, the gcLi Leadership Lab has become a cornerstone for promoting leadership in education. Each June, educators gather for six days of workshops, seminars, group work, and hands-on activities that cultivate effective leadership skills. Throughout the week, participants also experience presentations on a range of topics including collaborative problem-solving, neuropsychology, and self psychology, along with local outings likewise fundamental in learning to lead.

This year, FVS Science Department Chair and Senior Capstone Director Danielle Llewelyn P ’24, ’28 joined the program as one of several gcLi lab scholars, a cohort of mentors defined as “standout graduates who have innovated trailblazing programs.” Llewelyn, having participated in the Leadership Lab in 2016, brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the Institute. Since then, she’s attended gcLi’s “The Pedagogy of Leadership” symposium and presented at the “Learning to Lead: The Art and Practice of Teaching Leadership” conference. Beginning with the 2024-25 academic year, she will also be responsible for developing Fountain Valley School’s 11th grade curriculum themed “Learning to Lead.” As part of the enhanced curriculum, juniors will be challenged to think of themselves beyond high school and consider how they’d like to apply their education toward making a difference in their future communities.

“Action is an integral component of leadership,” Llewelyn told gcLi in a recent interview segment titled Getting to Know a 2024 gcLi Lab Scholar. Throughout the remainder of the gcLi Leadership Lab, attendees will be tasked with embracing mindfulness, participating in role playing and workshops, learning the nuts and bolts of leadership programming, developing plans of their own, and dissecting feedback submitted by their colleagues and peers. 

Media interested in attending a session on either Tuesday, June 18, or Wednesday, June 19, 2024, should contact FVS Director of Marketing & Communications Meg Winnicker at mwinnicker@fvs.edu or (719) 391-5622.

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Founded in 1930, Fountain Valley School of Colorado is a boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Situated on 1,100 acres of rolling prairie in Colorado Springs, the School provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics, and the outdoors to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious, and compassionate. Enrollment is approximately 240 students from 23 countries, 21 states and the Pikes Peak Region. www.fvs.edu




Attached Media Files: Throughout the remainder of the gcLi Leadership Lab, attendees will be tasked with embracing mindfulness, participating in role playing and workshops, learning the nuts and bolts of leadership programming, developing plans of their own, and dissecting feedback submitted by their colleagues and peers. , This year, FVS Science Department Chair and Senior Capstone Director Danielle Llewelyn P ’24, ’28 joined the program as one of several gcLi lab scholars, a cohort of mentors defined as “standout graduates who have innovated trailblazing programs.” , Throughout the week, participants experience presentations on a range of topics including collaborative problem-solving, neuropsychology, and self psychology, along with local outings likewise fundamental in learning to lead. This year, participants chose either a hike in North Cheyenne Cañon or a visit to Garden of the Gods. Both excursions allowed participants time to reflect upon the first half of the Lab, to build relationships with one another, and to spend some time in nature. , Each June, educators gather for six days of workshops, seminars, group work, and hands-on activities that cultivate effective leadership skills.

Colorado Springs High Schooler Sofía Deocon Day of Fountain Valley Earns Prestigious Silver Award from the Girl Scouts of the USA (Photo)
Fountain Valley School - 06/17/24 9:37 AM
Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark (l.) honored Sofía Deocon Day (r.) of Colorado Springs with the Silver Award at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards ceremony in May.
Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark (l.) honored Sofía Deocon Day (r.) of Colorado Springs with the Silver Award at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards ceremony in May.
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Whether inside the classroom or participating in campus-wide community engagement activities, Fountain Valley School (FVS) students strive to become change-seekers dedicated to making a lasting difference in their local communities and around the globe. A rising junior at FVS – home to approximately 240 boarding, day, and international students – Sofía Deocon Day of Colorado Springs embodies these very qualities of service to others, and was recognized this spring with the coveted Silver Award by the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Only approximately 10 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide will receive such a distinction.

The Silver Award – the second-highest honor one can earn through the well-known national youth organization – is awarded to that Cadette who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to their community. To earn the Silver Award, a Cadette must “research an issue [they] care about, make a plan to address it, and then take action to improve [their] community.”

In May, Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark honored Deocon Day at the organization’s Highest Awards ceremony in recognition of her "remarkable leadership, dedication to community service, and civic engagement."

Now on course to earning the Gold Award, Deocon Day’s Silver Award project was rooted in a desire to create a meaningful and lasting impact in a rural – predominantly Spanish-speaking – neighborhood in New Mexico, where access to high-quality instructional materials is limited. By fostering community partnerships and developing plans for long-term sustainability, she successfully implemented a neighborhood bookshelf designed to serve as a small library, including content-rich educational materials for children and teenagers in the community. 

This area, lacking a public library and public transportation to the nearest town, now has a valuable resource for continued education and literacy, [both] essential for addressing systemic inequality,” Deocon Day noted in her presentation on the initiative. 

In all, Deocon Day’s project not only provided immediate benefits but also laid the groundwork for ongoing needs within the rural community. As she continues her journey toward achieving elite Gold Award status, Deocon Day will soon partner with local and state officials to develop a sustainable solution to a significant issue. The Fountain Valley School community celebrated Deocon Day’s hard work and success during a weekly all-school assembly before the conclusion of the academic year in May. “Sofía is a prime example of the spirit of leadership and civic engagement embraced by FVS students and faculty,” said Head of School Megan Harlan. “We look forward to witnessing her continued impact as she pursues the Gold Award.” 

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Founded in 1930, Fountain Valley School of Colorado is a boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Situated on 1,100 acres of rolling prairie in Colorado Springs, the School provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics, and the outdoors to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious, and compassionate. Enrollment is approximately 240 students from 23 countries, 21 states and the Pikes Peak Region. www.fvs.edu


 




Attached Media Files: Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark (l.) honored Sofía Deocon Day (r.) of Colorado Springs with the Silver Award at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards ceremony in May. , A rising junior at Fountain Valley School, Sofía Deocon Day was recognized this spring with the coveted Silver Award by the Girl Scouts of Colorado. , “This area, lacking a public library and public transportation to the nearest town, now has a valuable resource for continued education and literacy, [both] essential for addressing systemic inequality,” Deocon Day noted in her presentation on the initiative.

Thu. 06/13/24
YMCA of Pikes Peak Region Chooses Veregy as Energy Services Provider for Major Efficiency Project
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region - 06/13/24 10:30 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 13th, 2024. — The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is excited
to announce its selection of Veregy, a leading energy services provider, to implement a guaranteed
energy savings project. This comprehensive initiative will encompass various energy-efficient
upgrades, including LED lighting, new smart building controls, a new chiller, pool pump VFDs, and
water efficiency upgrades. With a starting project size of $1,435,394, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak
Region expects to achieve substantial energy savings, with savings projected at $1,701,394 over the
next 25 years.


This organization recognizes the importance of maintaining its facilities in peak condition for both its
members and the environment. By partnering with Veregy, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region aims
to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and achieve substantial energy cost savings at its
Southeast and Armed Services locations. Approximately 446 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be
avoided through this project annually. That’s equivalent to 43,844 gallons of diesel consumed,
491,897 pounds of coal burned, or energy utilized by 58.2 homes’ in one year.


"While serving the Pikes Peak Region community for 146 years, we continue to strive to have the
latest fitness equipment and wellness programs for our members. Carrying that further, we remain
committed to maintaining our facilities in top shape for our members and the environment. To that
end, we've chosen to embark on a new project with Veregy, an industry leader, to update our facility's
energy efficiencies, starting with the Southeast and Armed Services Y," said Boyd Williams, CEO of
the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.
 

To support this ambitious project, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region has received a generous grant
of $100,000 from El Pomar. This funding will be applied toward the implementation of energy-efficient
measures, further enhancing the organization's ability to achieve its sustainability goals.
 

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is excited to collaborate with Veregy and looks forward to the
positive impact this project will have on the community, the environment, and the organization's long-
term financial sustainability.
 

For more information about the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and its ongoing initiatives, please
visit www.ppymca.org.
 

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About the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region has been serving the community for 146 years, providing a
wide range of programs and services that promote youth development, healthy living, and social
responsibility. With multiple locations throughout the region, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is
committed to strengthening the foundations of the community and helping individuals reach their full
potential.
 

About Veregy, LLC
Veregy is an award-winning NAESCO-Accredited decarbonization company focusing on accelerating
and simplifying Energy Transition. With over 34 years of industry experience, the firm has successfully
delivered energy savings projects totaling more than $1.7 billion. As one of only fourteen accredited Energy Service Providers, Veregy is committed to driving decarbonization and sustainable change.
To learn more about Veregy and its innovative solutions, please visit www.veregy.com.