Founded in 1979, the Signature Program is our flagship program. It takes experienced professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and sets them up for community leadership. Over 10 months from August to the following June, participants learn about the most important issues facing the Pikes Peak region, and meet and learn from the community’s most dynamic leaders.
“As a two-year resident of Colorado Springs, the small investment of my time was rewarded handsomely. I highly recommend the Signature Program to anyone committed to learning more about our wonderful community and ways to become an active citizen.”
Steve Self, BBVA Compass Bank
The Signature Program has been connecting experienced professionals to civic leadership for over 30 years. It targets established leaders who are looking to take their civic involvement to the next level.
Every year, the program introduces a diverse group of people to an in-depth study of the issues and opportunities facing the Pikes Peak region. The community curriculum includes sessions covering topics like education, human services, government (state and local), criminal justice, area history, economic development, the environment, and more. The leadership curriculum is just as comprehensive.
Each program day focuses on one topic, takes place on-site, and is facilitated by experts in that field—including presentations, discussions, and activities. Program participants develop a robust knowledge of all sectors of work and life in the region, and their own opinions on all of it. And, of course, they build relationships with dozens of leaders in a variety of fields and in civic leadership.
Signature Program participants are challenged to assume a more active and effective role in addressing community needs; and are given the knowledge, tools, and relationships to help them do so. We are proud to have sent over 1,000 Signature Program graduates into community leadership.
Signature 2016-17 Schedule (subject to change)
June 1 Applications Due
Thursday, August 18 Orientation*
Thursday, September 8 Opening Retreat Day I
Friday, September 9 Opening Retreat Day II*
Thursday , September 29 Arts & Creativity Day
Thursday, October 20 Business & Economy Day
Thursday, November 17 Education Day
Thursday, December 15 Human Services Day
Thursday, January 19 Health Day & Overnight Retreat Day I**
Friday, January 20 Retreat Day II
Thursday, February 16 Military Day
Wednesday, March TBD State Legislature Day*
Thursday, March 16 Local Government Day
Thursday, April 20 Judicial & Criminal Justice Day
Thursday, May 18 Public Service Day
Thursday, June 1 Environmental Day/Closing Retreat
Friday, June 2 Graduation*
Tuition is $2,900 and is due in full by the end of September. (In many cases, an employer opts to cover tuition.) Tuition is nonrefundable once the program begins, and covers program materials, meals, and for some days transportation. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, complete the scholarship question included in the application with the specific amount you are requesting as scholarship. Scholarship requests are not considered as part of the selection process. APPLY NOW!
For further information contact Hillary Reed: firstname.lastname@example.org