Interviews from the CYL Community: Exploring a New Way to Lead

We asked our CYL team to answer a few questions. We asked Mary, our Board President, and Kavan & Kaylie, two of our Colorado Young Leaders & Youth Advisory Board Members, three questions, and we love their answers!

1. What sets CYL apart?
2. What in your life makes you feel like you matter?
3. What is your life mission?
Mary, CYL Board President
Kavan, Young Leader
Kaylie, Young Leader

What sets CYL apart?


“Learning leadership skills through action, combining instructional leadership activities with meaningful, hands-on community service. The program encourages critical thinking and personal reflection and a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility. I love the active (adventure) nature of the service projects – developing one’s own new physical skills.  There are also  ongoing activities (not just a one week camp).”


“There is nothing like Colorado Young Leaders! There may be other organizations that have a desire to inspire the next generation; however, Colorado Young Leaders is the organization that is going to spark the change!”


“CYL puts in the additional thought to ensure that the lessons learned while serving extend past when hours are being recorded.”


What, in your life, makes you feel like you matter?


“Love and respect from family, friends and colleagues, the ability to give back because I have what I need, and intelligence and experience to offer in problem solving.”


“Bettering my leadership ability affirms by self-worth.”


“My favorite thing in life is watching someone be true to matter if its my cousin with down syndrome or the most popular girl I know. I love watching them act in a way that just exemplifies who they where created to be…not who society wants them to be! I love seeing people step outside of there comfort zone and watching them fall in love with whatever they are doing!”


What is your life mission?


“My life mission is to leave a tangible legacy and grow towards that goal.”


“My mission is to use my passion and gifts to make a difference in the world one experience, one situation, and one person at a time so that they can realize the power of their existence. I desire to selflessly live my life to inspire others to strive for the most out of theirs.”


“To be successful (based on the following by Bessie A. Stanley):

‘To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.'”





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February 18, 2014