Connecting to Community

How a CYL alum found purpose through service beyond high school

Leaving Colorado and moving to Virginia for college brought a lot of changes. One of them was that I all the sudden had no relationships with non-profits in the area! I was pretty overwhelmed with all the newness of college and only had 1 or 2 opportunities to volunteer first semester. Truthfully, the absence of service in my life left me feeling pretty unfulfilled. Not being able to serve really made me realize how important it was to be to connect with my community through volunteering. Thankfully, I found my footing and am now involved in several organizations that have a range of service outreaches into the Charlottesville community. The one I am most excited for is an adaptive ski program that just had it’s opening day last Saturday! All throughout my first day I had a huge smile on my face and a full heart. The experience brought me back to one of my first CYL Service Adventures. We went up to Winter Park and volunteered with NSCD [for Serve on the Slopes]. That has remained one of my favorite CYL memories. My experience with the Madison House adaptive ski program was very different, the chief reason being it was East Coast skiing (lol). However, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity and so excited for the weeks to come!!

Avery R., Class of 2019


Avery graduated from Heritage High School in 2019 and is currently attending the University of Virginia. She was part of the CYL Arapahoe Chapter and the Youth Advisory Board (YAB), where she served as YAB President for the 2019-2020 school year. Serve on the Slopes Service Adventures have been core to CYL programming since our start in December 2013, now with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.