Education for a Lifetime promotes conversations around relationships and mental health, with an emphasis on sexual activity and suicide prevention. While advocating for optimal whole-person health, EFL focuses on removing stigma around these topics.
Our mission is for every student to have healthy, non-violent relationships, and access to help and hope to live purposefully.
We are located in the heart of Colorado Springs, and have been partnering with our community for almost 3 decades. We are passionate about providing relevant, research-driven education and resources to students, parents and the faith communities.
Meet the Team
David has been teaching, training and facilitating conversations with students about whole-person health through the context of Sexual Risk Avoidance since 2010. During that time, David has been in 24 High School campus in El Paso County and has personally spoken to over 20,000 students. His vast amount of experience with students in a classroom informed him as he produced a 5-day Sexual Risk avoidance program called Pursue, which is used throughout Colorado. He is constantly trying new content and adjusting things within the program to ensure Purse aligns with the ever-changing needs of the students. In addition, David has co-produced Who can Relate which focuses on the issue of teen suicide. David is passionate about equipping and empowering parents to have conversations with their students about all high-risk behaviors. David is an engaging and dynamic speaker, who has spoken at church parent conferences around the Colorado Springs, in addition to a Mental Health Summit. David is a certified SRA Specialist through Ascend, and recently became a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid. David is part of the El Paso County Youth Suicide prevention workgroup, where he co-chairs the Faith-Based Community subgroup and sits on the steering committee.
Brittany Riffle, MSW
Brittany has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and ensures that Pursue and Who Can Relate are research-driven, relevant and presented with excellence. She is the primary contact for the volunteer speakers and nurse practitioners who speak for EFL as well as the health teachers in area high schools. She is passionate about students have access to healthy information around relationships and mental health. Brittany is a certified SRA Specialist through Ascend, and recently became a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is also connected throughout the community, serves on a committee for COSILoveYou, and is part of the El Paso County Youth Suicide prevention workgroup, where she co-chairs the Faith-Based Community subgroup.
Lisa Rust, BSN
Lisa is the head medical speaker for Pursue and has been presenting this information to students since 2013. In the last 6 years, she has spent over 750 hours in the classroom and spoken to over 16,000 students. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ball State University and has worked in many areas of nursing: cardiac, spinal cord injury rehab, adult and pediatric orthopedics, urology, neurology, and neurosurgical nursing. Lisa is also a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist through Ascend and helps ensure that our information presented in a classroom is up to date and medically accurate.
Steve is the newest member of the EFL team. A Colorado Springs native, Steve has been involved with various children and youth programs for over 3 years. As the communication specialist and lead presenter, he is passionate about going into schools and helping provide students with knowledge and resources that encourage them to pursue full and healthy lifestyles.