Education for a Lifetime (EFL) 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.
We are located in the heart of Colorado Springs, and have been partnering with our community for almost three decades. We are passionate about providing relevant, research-driven education and resources to students, parents/trusted adults, and the faith communities.
For every student to have healthy, non-violent relationships, as well as access to help and hope to live purposefully.
Our mission is accomplished through our three programs, Pursue, Who Can Relate, and our Parent Talks, as well as our Youth Mental Health First Aid Training and our Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Training.
MEET THE TEAM
David has been teaching, training, and facilitating conversations with students about healthy relationships since 2010. He has been on 24 high school campuses in El Paso County and has personally spoken to over 20,000 students. For the past four years, he has been meeting with students and faith communities about suicide prevention and suicide awareness with the goals of reducing the stigma around mental health and encouraging students to know they are needed, loved, and valued. He is part of the El Paso County Youth Suicide Prevention Workgroup and sits on their steering committee. David is a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Experiences. He is dedicated to the mission of Education for a Lifetime that every student should have healthy, non-violent relationships, and have access to help and hope to live purposefully.
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 passionate about prevention, and desires that every student has access to healthy information around relationships and mental health. Brittany is a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Experiences. She is 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.
Program & Media Coordinator
Allison joins Education for a Lifetime as a liaison to the schools and a multimedia coordinator for the team. She graduated in 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Intercultural Studies. Through her family’s experience with teen pregnancy, addiction, trauma, and mental health crises, she loves to come alongside people where they are at and help them recognize their true worth, as well as provide tools for them to thrive in life, relationships, and mental health! Allison is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Experiences, and she is also a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse and Neglect in Colorado. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health. She is also married to her college sweetheart and is a mom to three warrior princesses!
Steve is a Colorado Springs native and has been involved with various children and youth programs for several years. As one of our speakers, he is passionate about going into schools and providing students with knowledge and resources that encourage them to pursue full and healthy lifestyles. Steve is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Experiences, and he is also a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse and Neglect in Colorado.
Sienna graduated from a local high school in June of 2020. After losing multiple friends and living through the suicide cluster of 2015-2016, Sienna became vigorously involved in multiple suicide prevention programs and groups throughout El Paso County. She works with District 20 to provide a better environment for students. She mainly focuses on the peer-to-peer interaction theory with Sources of Strength, an international program for suicide prevention in youth. She is glad to be part of the Education for a Lifetime team and would like to continue her work with youth suicide prevention. Sienna is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Experiences, and she is also a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse and Neglect in Colorado.
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 certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adverse Childhood Experiences and is also a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist through Ascend. Lisa helps to ensure that our information presented in classrooms is up-to-date and medically accurate.