Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Every month, Aspen Public Radio picks a non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley that is focused on service and improving the community for all. Each week, you'll hear a different aspect of our Non-Profit in the Spotlight as they explain their mission, challenges, and successes.

Every summer since 2004, Ascendigo has brought children with autism to the Roaring Fork Valley to participate in an overnight sports camp. 

Ascendigo has been operating out of the Roaring Fork Valley since 2004. Founded by Sallie Bernard, who now serves as the Board President, the autism services organization has grown from a summer sports camp to a nationally known group that offers a range of outdoor sports programs. 

Bernard is joined by Ascendigo's Clinical Coordinator, Sami Henry, M. Ed., BCBA, to discuss the organization's history and programs.  

Angie Callen, executive director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts, discusses the art center's recent success and her vision for the future. 

Learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts at www.AspenArt.org

Lorraine Davis is a resident artist and teacher at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. She's been involved for almost four years, and shares her excitement for the art center's recent evolution. Davis is joined by painter Sue Tatem, who has been taking art classes at the Red Brick for almost two decades.

The Red Brick Center for the Arts offers Life Drawing, Still Life Painting, and Masterpiece Mine classes every week. Find class listings and events at the Red Brick Center for the Arts at www.AspenArt.org.   

Angie Callen is the Executive Director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts. She discusses the Valley Art Auction, taking place at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen on Tuesday, January 19th from 4 to 7 pm. The auction will feature local art at all prices points, and food and entertainment will be provided. 

Go to www.AspenArt.org to learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts and the Valley Art Auction. 

The Red Brick Center for the Arts is home to nine non-profit organizations (including Aspen Public Radio), fine art and rehearsal studios, public conferences spaces, resident artist studios, and a gallery space. Board Member Emeritus, Bob Camp, explains the history of the organization and how it came to acquire the Red Brick building, which was previously occupied by the Aspen School District. 

To learn more about the history of the Red Brick Center for the Arts and their programs, visit www.AspenArt.org

"With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism" - Malala Yousafzai

Executive Director Jodi Fischer and Board Co-Chair Chelsea Dillon discuss the future of the Marshall Direct Fund and their long-term goals. 

Learn more about the Marshall Direct Fund and how you can get involved at www.MarshallDirectFund.org

Kristen Zodrow, a 6th grade science teacher at Aspen Middle School, discusses the Global Kid Connect Program and the impacts the program has had on her students. Global Kid Connect is a modern day pen pal program between Elementary and Middle School students in the Roaring Fork Valley and students in Pakistan. 

Nine schools in the Roaring Fork Valley, and over 300 students and teachers, have participated in the Global Kids Connect program, which is run through the Marshall Direct Fund. Jodi Fischer, executive director of the Marshall Direct Fund, also contributes. 

Jodi Fischer, the U.S. Team Executive Director of the Marshall Direct Fund, and Chelsea Dillon, Board Co-Chair, discuss the programs and projects the Marshall Direct Fund run in the U.S. and Pakistan. The organization has three major programs and areas of focus: primary education, economic empowerment and vocational training for women, and a pen pal program between students in the U.S. and Pakistan. 

Visit www.MarshallDirectFund.org to learn more about the organization and their educational programs in Pakistan and the U.S. 

The Marshall Direct Fund takes its name from the Marshall Plan, which was created in 1948, after World War II, in an effort to strengthen war-weary countries by aiding in their recovery.

Silbi Stainton, the founder of the Marshall Direct Fund, discusses the organization's history, her personal interest in counter-terrorism and international studies, and the importance of education. The Marshall Direct Fund invests in education and women's economic empowerment in Pakistan in an effort to build a more peaceful world. 

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