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.
Allen is a Colorado Native, and now calls Colorado Springs his home. His focus is on community outreach and engagement. He loves to lead the next generation into a deeper meaning of life. He has worked with youth and families for more than 25 years in non-profits and schools. He holds a Master’s Degree in Youth, Family, & Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse and Neglect in Colorado. Allen and his wife enjoy riding their tandem bicycle and they continue to grow their parenting skills with their three adult children.
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 is a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist. She is also a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse and Neglect in Colorado. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Additionally, she is 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 is a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist. 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 is a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist. She is also a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse and Neglect in Colorado.