Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
At Colorado Young Leaders, we envision a world full of new generational leaders; young people with a clear passion and purpose, hearts for others, and the desire to get the most out of life.
We invest all of our efforts into each program, and this is why we need a great team. We’ve been blessed with an incredible one. Our team is made up of passionate adults and students, and EACH ONE OF YOU who gives, who volunteers, who parents, who leads, and who believes with us.
Because of you, Our Colorado Young Leaders are able to:
1. Meet twice a month in the evenings to explore what it means to be a leader in our community. They meet withother students from surrounding schools and learn how to create positive change in big impact ways.
2. Join day-long or week-long adventures where volunteering is the way of exploring. They engage in service, adventure and community, and give back through fun and meaningful experiences.
3. Track their hours and activities to achieve each summit in the CYL adventure leadership program. They discover their passions, commit to a cause, dig in deep and in doing so, make a meaningful impact on their community and the world.
This week we want you to meet 5 pivotal people: Our Board of Directors Members. They have each taken the time to write a personal account of their experience and time on our team.
Reflections from a Service Adventure, Lauren Steavpack (Development Committee Chair)
It’s funny how new experiences can make us nervous. It’s the excitement of something new; the fear of the unknown. It’s how I felt going into the CYL President’s Day Service Adventure Trip with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). Not only was the safety of 6 high school students in my hands, but I had only a rough idea what I was getting into on this trip.
Our 6 Young Leaders on this trip could not have been more different – 5 girls, 1 boy; 4 Americans, 2 Germans in the USA on a year-long exchange program. We played word games and discovered new language barriers. We shared our meals together and skied together. They became such good friends by the end of the weekend.
My favorite part of the trip was seeing our Young Leaders share their experiences of their skier for the day. Like me, they went into the day being nervous – anxious about messing up, ruining the skier’s day, fearful about not knowing something. At the end of the day, they could not wait to share the impressive story of their skier, who had fears of their own about trying a sit-ski, mono-ski, etc. for the first time.
The President’s Day Trip taught myself and the Young Leaders a valuable lesson about pursuing dreams and helping others. Being a leader is not about being fearless. It’s about acknowledging your fears, standing up to them and pursuing your dreams beyond them.
Grant Support, Brandon Reyna (VP)
CYL is an innovative, passionate, caring organization that is looking to lead change and challenge society to be better. All of us here at CYL, see the amazing impacts the students are making on their communities and they are truly leading change in the world from the ground up. Earning the support from the University Rotary Club and Breckenridge Grand Vacations was a tremendous boost for our programs.
Not only are the impacts of our Young Leaders being recognized by those outside of our organization, but communities are asking how quickly we can bring a chapter to them and are helping us get there with financial support. The impact of our student leaders is incredible and truly leading change.
I feel inspired by their generosity, selflessness and determination to create change on a daily basis and earning these grants has allowed us to begin touching more lives, in more communities and positioning CYL to support more Colorado youth to find their passion, develop meaningful life long relationships and discover the leader within.
The Best Start, Marco Dorado (Secretary)
In January, I had the opportunity to share with members of the Arapahoe chapter insight into my professional trajectory and what, from my perspective, defines the qualities of a leader and how those qualities are translated into inspiration and passion. My discussion with students included dialogue about the importance of giving back to your community and understanding that leadership can take many forms.
Sharing my story with a group of inspirational, empowered and motivated leaders was without a doubt one of the best ways to start 2016. It is reassuring to see young leaders interested in growing as leaders and defining what leadership looks like at a young age.
Humbled, Trish Ellis (President)
I had the pleasure of going to my first YAB meeting. It made me realize even more how amazing our students are. They have learned at a younger age then I what they know and what they don’t know. They are eager to learn, to grow and more importantly to make this a better world. They are so respectful of each other and their opinions. I am humbled to be around them, and I can’t wait to see how each and everyone of them is going to make this a better world!
Pushing Into Greatness, Sandy Sarge (Treasurer)
Colorado Young Leaders is on the brink. And we are excited about it! This year, 2016, we are finally growing beyond Denver and the surrounding communities. We’ve already opened a chapter in Colorado Springs and have received a grant (our first!!) to expand to Summit County. Wow!
We are so grateful for our volunteers and our Board who have made these key milestones happen, but we need to move to the next level to be sustainable. We are ready to become a proper organization with paid leadership and staff dedicated to our success and our future. So we need to embrace fundraising and corporate sponsorship like never before.
We’ve spent the first 2 years focused on our curriculum, our non-profit partnerships and our students. And we are humbled by the response. Our Young Leaders have donated over 15,000 services hours and have become engaged members of their communities by partnering with over 40 non-profits. Again, Wow! But now we need your help to build our infrastructure and develop our leadership team.
Can you help us? Can you connect us to companies who support community initiatives like CYL? Do you have friends who are willing to fund a permanent staff position for a year? Without you, we will stay on the brink and never actually push beyond that point into the sphere of greatness.
Here is where YOU come in. We love volunteers, we love those willing to sit on our Board, we love you attending our events. But even more. We need you to GIVE. We need you to believe in these high schoolers. Every dollar you donate multiplies as our Young Leaders take action and serve their community and develop into leaders who care about the same causes you care about, and who understand that life is much more than FB friends, Snap Chats, and the walls of their high school. They see issues, and meet them with solutions. Solutions of compassion, of service, of inspiration, of change. Will you donate to these students today? Why wait?
With Love & Life… and Gratitude,
Nicole Mahobian, Founder & Board Member
Are you looking to get involved with our Young Leaders? We are always looking for passionate, energetic adult volunteers to help lead our Service Adventure opportunities. Here are some options below. Email us if you are interested!
Do you have a son, daughter, neighbor, or coworker with a high school students? Join us. Students can SIGN UP HERE.
THIS SATURDAY!! Sign up now! April 23 VOC Cairn Project at Chatfield State Park
May 7 Growhaus Food Justice Workshop
June 13-17 Be a Counselor at Food4All KidsKamp
June 20-24 Help at Colfax Community Network’s Summer Camp
Visit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota May 30 – June 2
Leadership Exploration Meetings
Connect – Inspire – Take Action
Our Leadership Exploration Meetings are opportunities for students to develop as leaders in their community. Our current theme is Leaders Encourage Positive Change.
If you want to sit in on one of these meetings or know of a great speaker, email us!
**meeting this week!** When: Tuesday, APRIL 19th @ 7PM Where: Statera Corporate Offices, 6501 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood, CO 80111 Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas County Chapter
Your meeting will be in conjunction with the Info Night at Nicole’s house!
Everyone welcome! When: Monday, APRIL 25th
Dinner @ 6PM
Info night @ 7PM Where: 10974 Valleybrook Cir, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130 Questions? email@example.com