THESE ARE OUR STORIES OF IMPACT

S1E3: Curiosity

S1E3: Curiosity

The third episode of the Hear Our Voices podcast is out now! Podcast hosts, Lily and Brandon, explore the leadership theme of Curiosity. You can listen here, or go check us out on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. LISTEN HERE Guests Gitanjali Rao: inventor, scientist,...

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S1E1: Exploring Resiliency

S1E1: Exploring Resiliency

We’re excited for you to listen to the first episode of the Hear Our Voices podcast as hosts, Lily and Brandon, explore the leadership theme of Resiliency. You can listen here, or go check us out on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. LISTEN HERE Guests Governor Jared...

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Redefining what leadership means

Redefining what leadership means

Colorado Young Leaders (CYL) has been the most impactful organization in my life. It’s redefined volunteerism and service for me as a place in which I could be a leader and through which I could develop myself and my leadership abilities rather than simply...

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Youth are unstoppable

Youth are unstoppable

Through CYL, I learned what an incredible impact youth can have when they come together to problem-solve and think creatively. Through organizing White Out the Stigma (our Global Youth Service Day project focusing on reducing the stigma of youth mental health), I...

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What it means to be a servant leader

What it means to be a servant leader

What it means to be a servant leader. How a CYL alum continued a life of service and found her passion beyond high school. I am currently at Colorado State University in Fort Collins studying Social Work and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology.  Something I learned...

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The biggest step a non-voter can take

The biggest step a non-voter can take

Political settings have always seemed, to me, like competitive and distrusting places where everyone fights over who has better views or strategies. As we moved towards an unprecedented election cycle, I recognized the suppression of minority votes through political...

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What it means to leave a legacy

What it means to leave a legacy

Legacy. The word holds a lot of power and is one of CYL’s core values. For CYLers it empowers young people to think of the impact they are leaving behind after high school. It means creating something sustainable and long-lasting. It means letting go of the fixed...

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Getting Back to the Important Places

Getting Back to the Important Places

Recently, I watched a short documentary about Important Places. It starts, “may you always remember the path that leads back, back to the Important Places.” For Colorado Young Leaders, that Important Place starts at the Kite Lake Trailhead, in the shadow of four...

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CYL to receive VF Foundation Grant

CYL to receive VF Foundation Grant

CYL was awarded a grant on behalf of the VF Foundation to support the Youth Exploring Stewardship (YES) Coalition. We’re proud to work with 17 other great organizations as we collaborate to provide more outdoor experiences for youth of all ages across the Front...

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Molly C Testimonial

“Exploring a new way to lead is leading with humility. It’s leading from the heart. It’s listening to others and representing those with no voice. It’s leading for the benefit of everyone. And those are skills you don’t find anywhere...

Joshua M. Testimonial 2

“When I returned home from the service adventure, I spent about two days reminiscing the events, and not regretting anything.” – Joshua M., CYL ’17

Molly C Testimonial

“I have the mindset that every action I take has an impact. And I have the control of whether that’s a positive impact or not. I had no idea that my mind could have such a positive effect on my life.”– Molly C., CYL ’17

Max A. Testimonial

“Saying yes is the start of something bigger than you could have imagined. You’ll know you love it when you do it.” – Max A., CYL ’16

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