Connecting, healing, thriving

CORE has partnered with CoBank to donate $20,000 to The Aspen Effect and its mission of building resiliency in Colorado’s youth. The Castle Rock-based organization provides several  programs through which teens are mentored and learn to connect, heal and thrive. Many of the programs involve the outdoors, and several include activities such as horse riding and animal  care.

The joint donation with CoBank is part of a larger pledge CORE has made to help organizations improve mental health among Colorado youth. Children’s Hospital Colorado has declared youth depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation a public emergency in recent years, and nonprofits like The Aspen Effect are in great need of support from community partners.

“The volunteers at The Aspen Effect are providing a great service for the youth of our communities,” said CORE District 1 Director Michael Kempe, who recently presented the donation to The Aspen Effect. “We are excited to provide this important support for a great cause and encourage others to likewise donate their time and money to this worthy cause.”

“We are so thrilled to partner with one of the greatest organizations that contributes to the Castle Rock and Colorado communities,” said Jerry Van Leuven, President of The Aspen Effect.  “CORE has supported our small, growing nonprofit over the years and, this year, is joining forces with us in a much deeper relationship to have a positive impact on youth mental health.”

For more info about The Aspen Effect and its programs, visit Visit for more information on CoBank, which delivers loans, leases and other  financial services to agribusiness, rural infrastructure and Farm Credit customers in all 50 states.