High Hopes for Colorado

High Hopes for Colorado 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.

“To positively inspire, motivate, and create change through the aviation experience.”

Mission: To provide aviation education and mentoring to at-risk youth in the Pikes Peak region and to provide no-cost scenic flights to Wounded Warriors and their families in appreciation for their sacrifices.

09/19/2019

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.

08/13/2019

Friends of High Hopes. If you would like to donate and support our students aviation dreams, please click on the "Learn More" box. Thanks!

07/18/2019
Andre, High Hopes for Teens

Andre dreamed of flying. High Hopes for Teens started him on the path to becoming a US Air Force pilot.

Bailey Stuart-Medos flew his first solo flight yesterday at Peak Aviation!
08/09/2018

Bailey Stuart-Medos flew his first solo flight yesterday at Peak Aviation!

Several years ago Andre Young told us he really wanted to learn to fly and go to the US Air Force Academy.  Today he gra...
05/24/2017

Several years ago Andre Young told us he really wanted to learn to fly and go to the US Air Force Academy. Today he graduated and will be going to Air Force pilot training soon. Congratulation Andre and all the 2017 graduates!

High Hopes is very proud of Aodhan Baker on his graduation!
05/24/2017

High Hopes is very proud of Aodhan Baker on his graduation!

Well done Shelby!
04/16/2017

Well done Shelby!

Congratulations to Shelby!!! She passed her Private Pilot check ride today!!! Well done Shelby!!! She is the 3rd High Hopes for Colorado Private Pilot!!!

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10/02/2016

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10/02/2016

Congratulations to Andre Young, USAFA '17 for his selection to USAF pilot training.

High Hopes for Colorado's cover photo
10/02/2016

High Hopes for Colorado's cover photo

High Hopes has their own airplane - a Zenith CH750 STOL.  It was donated to High Hopes and will be used for High Hopes f...
01/11/2014

High Hopes has their own airplane - a Zenith CH750 STOL. It was donated to High Hopes and will be used for High Hopes flight instruction and rental by Peak Aviation Center customers. It's a little slow but is lots of fun with great short field take off and landing abilities.

06/26/2013

Check out the Peak Aviation Center page for pictures of Andre Young after he completed his private pilot license. He's the first High Hopes for Teens student to complete his pilot training and tomorrow he enters the USAF Academy.

High Hopes for Colorado and the Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade are hosting a Golf Tournament on Ft Carson's ...
05/05/2013
Peak Aviation

High Hopes for Colorado and the Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade are hosting a Golf Tournament on Ft Carson's golf course on 10 June 2013. Contact Peak Aviation Center at 719-573-4452 for more details.

Peak Aviation page for the sharing of information, pictures, and aviation related topics

Harrison High School Jr ROTC cadets toured Peak Aviation Center and 2 cadets went flying for their first time.  The Colo...
05/05/2013
Colorado Springs students take to the sky with JROTC program

Harrison High School Jr ROTC cadets toured Peak Aviation Center and 2 cadets went flying for their first time. The Colorado Springs Gazette featured this story at http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-students-take-to-the-sky-with-jrotc-program/article/1500209.

Two Colorado Springs high school students took flight Thursday morning to pilot an airplane for the first time. Air Force Junior ROTC cadets Kenneth K. Roberts, a ninth grader from Harrison High School, and Julio Lopez, an 11th grader from Sierra High School, were surprised with the honor during a f...

High Hopes now has four Wounded Warriors actively taking flight lessons.  Two of our High Hopes for Teens are real close...
02/06/2013

High Hopes now has four Wounded Warriors actively taking flight lessons. Two of our High Hopes for Teens are real close to taking their Private Pilot check ride. We continue to receive very generous support from various individuals and organizations such as Northrup Grumman. Thanks to all for your great support to keep the soldiers and youth flying!

Youth from the SE Colorado Springs YMCA visited the airport today to learn about aviation and to wash airplanes.  This w...
06/28/2012

Youth from the SE Colorado Springs YMCA visited the airport today to learn about aviation and to wash airplanes. This will be a continuing program for the Y's youth. Notice the smoke cloud from the Waldo Canyon fire in the background.

04/30/2012
02/26/2012
Hometown community service hero

Fox 21 news article about High Hopes.

Al Mathews is the recipient of the PPARC Hometown Community Service Hero award this year.

What a joy to be able to fly with a wounded warrior and his son today.  The soldier was working hard to "make up time" l...
01/26/2012

What a joy to be able to fly with a wounded warrior and his son today. The soldier was working hard to "make up time" lost in multiple deployments.

01/03/2012

High Hopes flew at no cost over 270 soldiers and their family members in 2011. These flights went over the Garden of the Gods and the Royal Gorge. It was a real blessing to provide this service to our soldiers and their families.

08/24/2011

High Hopes for Colorado is now an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We have flown over 130 soldiers and their family members over Colorado Springs this year. 2 students have flown solo, and 4 others are actively flying. It's been a good year so far.

Leah Ledbetter is our 2nd High Hopes student to solo!!!!
08/24/2011

Leah Ledbetter is our 2nd High Hopes student to solo!!!!

Last Saturday Andre Young flew solo for the first time!
06/16/2011

Last Saturday Andre Young flew solo for the first time!

One of our airplanes and a flight instructor are at Purdue University as part of the Able Flight (www.ableflight.org) pr...
05/27/2011

One of our airplanes and a flight instructor are at Purdue University as part of the Able Flight (www.ableflight.org) program to enable 4 individuals with disabilities to learn how to fly. We installed hand controls so someone can fly it only using their hands. The picture shows two of the students in our plane.

Andre Young, one of our High Hopes students, with a Tuskegee Airman at the 70th Anniversary Tuskegee Airmen Dinner at th...
04/04/2011

Andre Young, one of our High Hopes students, with a Tuskegee Airman at the 70th Anniversary Tuskegee Airmen Dinner at the Air Force Academy on April 2nd.

At Sun-n-Fun, on April 1st:  The head of Flight Design, GMBH presented a set of hand controls to Able Flight director, C...
04/04/2011

At Sun-n-Fun, on April 1st: The head of Flight Design, GMBH presented a set of hand controls to Able Flight director, Charles Stites, who gave them to Allen Mathews for installation in our Flight Design CTLS aircraft. This will allow disabled veterans to fly an airplane without having to use their injured legs while being removable so able bodied pilots can still fly it.

Pat and Al received a $2000 check from Colorado Springs' Giving Heart Society for High Hopes for Colorado!!!!
03/22/2011

Pat and Al received a $2000 check from Colorado Springs' Giving Heart Society for High Hopes for Colorado!!!!

AFA Cadets gave a great tour of their glider operations to High Hopes youth.
03/06/2011

AFA Cadets gave a great tour of their glider operations to High Hopes youth.

03/06/2011

Great visit to the Air Force Academy today. Special thanks to Cadets Clayton Macomber, Eric Johnson, "Mo", and Matt Petersen for making it happen.

The High Noon SERTOMA Club presented Pat Carlile, the founder of High Hopes, with their Service to Mankind Award today.
02/12/2011

The High Noon SERTOMA Club presented Pat Carlile, the founder of High Hopes, with their Service to Mankind Award today.

Sam Isaacs of the Colorado Springs High Noon SERTOMA presented High Hopes for Colorado with a check for $1000.
02/05/2011

Sam Isaacs of the Colorado Springs High Noon SERTOMA presented High Hopes for Colorado with a check for $1000.

02/05/2011

Pat and I spoke to the High Noon SERTOMA Club today about High Hopes for Colorado. Great group who not only bought our lunch but presented us a check for $1000! Their generosity is very much appreciated and will directly go towards getting teens and soldiers into the skies. Two of our youth are very close to being able to fly solo. SERTOMA stands for Service TO Mankind.

01/29/2011

Flew a young wounded warrior and her sister over the Garden of the Gods this morning. Later four very enthusiastic young men attended today's Aviation Orientation program. They are ready to fly and to work hard to be pilots. Two young ladies were unable to attend today's session but will join us for the next session when we tour the Air Force Academy's flight operations in February. It was a good day.

01/01/2011

010 was a good year for High Hopes for Colorado - thanks to the wonderful support from our friends! Over 90 Wounded Warriors and their family members flew with us over Colorado Springs. 10 High Hopes for Teens youth are actively taking flight lessons and almost 100 attended Open Houses and Aviation Orientation programs. More programs are planned for 2011 for our soldiers and at risk youth, but we will need your help.

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High Hopes for Colorado Changes Lives.

“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.

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