Thank You to the anonymous supporters of High Hopes! These very generous donations of over $500 will support at risk and disadvantaged youth as well as Wounded Warriors and their family members to fly.
Inspire and Transform Youth through Aviation.
The High Hopes program provides an aviation opportunity for our “at-risk” youth as well as for our Wounded Warriors and their families. The High Hopes for Teens program provides an unparalleled and life-changing experience of professional aviation orientation, training, and mentorship. They learn life skills while becoming excited about being part of something positive. There are few things that rival the self confidence gained through aviation. That special moment when the yoke is pulled back and the airplane lifts off the ground could be the first time a youth is in complete control of their life and is an experience that will never be forgotten. Our Wounded Warriors and their family members are provided scenic flights over the majestic beauty of Colorado to give them some release from the strains experienced through multiple deployments and combat related injuries. The High Hopes for Teens mission is to put youth in need of a positive experience into the cockpit of an airplane. We seek to touch youth outside the mainstream who are in need of a challenge and we are committed to help them meet this challenge through aviation. The combination of our professional staff and aircraft will enable these youth to gain self esteem, a sense of belonging, and pride in their success. While we do not believe that High Hopes for Teens can cure all the problems of our youth, we do believe that engaging youth in aviation will give them a vision for their future based on the knowledge that they can control their life, as they learn to control an airplane. High Hopes for Teens Programs: Aviation Orientation: Youth are offered an introduction to aviation through ground and flight operations orientation experiences. The goal isn’t to make a pilot out of everyone, but to let youth understand their capabilities through repeated meetings with aviation professionals. Private Pilot Certification: Qualified youth are offered an opportunity to participate in a structured ground and flight program aimed to enable them to earn their private pilot’s license. This program could take from six months to over a year depending on the youth’s aptitude, schedule, and funding. Wounded Warrior Flights: Peak Aviation Center provides flights over the Colorado Springs area to the soldiers and family members of the Warrior Transition Brigade and other associated units in appreciation of the sacrifices these soldiers and their families have made. Many of these soldiers have suffered serious injury and are either rehabilitating back into the active Army or into civilian life. Others have experienced numerous combat deployments which have impacted their personal and family lives. Flights are at no cost to the soldiers or their families. Peak Aviation Center typically flies an aircraft to Butts Army Air Field to meet the soldiers and their family members one day per week. A second day has been added when there were enough soldiers requesting flights. The date and time for each mission is approved by the Ft Carson leadership. Peak Aviation has been providing these flights weekly since November 2008.
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“To positively inspire, motivate, and create change through the aviation experience.”
High Hopes for Colorado includes: High Hopes for Teens and High Hopes for Wounded Warriors
High Hopes for Colorado held the first open house for High School students and began flying wounded warriors and their family members in late 2008. Since then, we’ve introduced over 400 youth to aviation and given no cost flights to over 500 soldiers and their family members.
High Hopes for Teens: Open Houses, Intro Flights, and Flight Training
A positive and transformational aviation opportunity for at-risk and disadvantaged high school students
Open Houses are held on the Colorado Springs airport to provide a high-level look at aviation opportunities to youth from pre-school through High School.
Five High School students are currently taking flight lessons. The students are recommended by school counselors. All students fill out an application which includes a contract stating they will:
· Stay out of trouble;
· Stay in School (with good grades appropriate to their abilities);
· Stay away from drugs and alcohol; and,
· Agree to take care of the airplanes they fly by cleaning them as well as help out in other ways around the airport.
All flight training is performed in Peak Aviation’s training aircraft on the Colorado Springs airport.
High Hopes for Teens Results:
· Andre earned his Private Pilot License, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and is in Air Force pilot training.
· Brianna earned her Private Pilot License in 2015 and is attending Metro State University in Denver.
· Shelby earned her Private Pilot License and is attending the Colorado School of Mines.
· Chaske is on an Air Force ROTC scholarship at CU Boulder.
Wounded Warriors: Flights Over Colorado
“A moment to get away from it all.”
No Cost Flights:
High Hopes has taken Wounded Warriors and their family members on more than 500 flights over the Colorado Springs area, including the Royal Gorge and the Garden of the Gods since 2008. These flights are at no cost to the soldiers. The Ft Carson Soldiers and Family Assistance Center coordinates the flights.
The flights are a great way for soldiers to re-connect with their families. One combat veteran’s eight-year-old son flew in the co-pilot’s seat; after the flight the soldier was visibly moved, repeating how he never imagined he would see his son pilot an airplane.
Peak Aviation has also outfitted one airplane with hand controls so soldiers and veterans without full use of their legs are able to experience piloting an airplane.
High Hopes for Colorado support:
· It costs up to $10,000 for each youth to complete their flight training.
· Wounded Warrior flights cost about $200 for each flight.
· High Hopes’ program funding has been provided by Peak Aviation Center, the Sachs Foundation, Pikes Peak 99s, the Giving Hearts Club, USAA, Ent Credit Union, Northrup Grumman, as well as many generous individuals.
Who is High Hopes for Colorado:
Allen “Al” Mathews and Pat Carlile started High Hopes for Colorado while they owned Peak Aviation Center, a flight school on the Colorado Springs airport. Pat is a retired Army aviator and Al retired from the Air Force. In early 2008 Pat, as the sole owner of Peak Aviation Center, offered Al the opportunity to partner with him, primarily to start the High Hopes program. They knew that aviation could be a powerful transformational experience for at risk and disadvantaged youth – youth who have been repeatedly told that due to their race or sex or neighborhood they couldn’t amount to anything. These are the youth they reach out to, those youth who do believe they can improve their current situation. In addition, they recognized the positive experience of flying over Colorado Springs together would benefit Wounded Warriors and their family members. Pat and Al sold Peak Aviation Center in January 2016 but continue with High Hopes for Colorado and the new owners of Peak Aviation Center strongly support High Hopes for Colorado. The High Hopes for Colorado Board of Directors provides financial and program oversight to the High Hopes’ programs.