THESE ARE
OUR STORIES OF IMPACT

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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Celebrating our Kindly Bold Leaders

Celebrating our Kindly Bold Leaders

Those who knew Lauren Guthrie reflected on her leadership style as “Kindly Bold.”  If you look up “Kindly Bold” in the dictionary, it is not there. Seemingly impossible to define in a few, concise words, it is a leadership style that has to be lived out. A leadership...

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Listening to Youth

Listening to Youth

What if we truly listened to our young people? How would our world change? On November 2nd, over 60 youth gathered at the History Colorado Center to take part in the 4th annual Colorado Young Leaders (CYL) Base Camp, a youth-led leadership conference created by CYL’s...

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Immerse Yourself in Life

Immerse Yourself in Life

We’re taking time to reminisce about some of our favorite programs over the past year. This story comes to you from Sophia, CYL ’19, while on a trip in partnership with CYL’s program partner World Denver from August 2019. This opportunity led Sophia...

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Connecting to Community

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...

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The Legacy of a Leader

“Embrace your own form of leadership while pushing your comfort zone in different aspects of your community.” These guiding words from CYL student Lauren G. underscore that leadership is not about who you are but how you engage within your community.  Last May Lauren...

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The Humble Attitude of a Leader

The Humble Attitude of a Leader

I climbed out of my hammock and took in a big whiff of chill morning air, tainted by the smell of aspen trees and the distinct butterscotch smell of ponderosa pine. The delicate bubble of a low creek whispered through the air, and I found delight in the early morning...

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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...

Maddy W. Testimonial

I have begun to understand that there is a world outside of my own, a world that could really use some volunteers. I have really been engaged in helping children in different situations from me to have a stronger foundation and be a rock they can grab hold of.”...

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

Joshua Testimonial 3

My motto in life is quite simple, ‘live it to the fullest.’ CYL does not only fill up my cup of life, it allows it to overflow and drip into everyone’s cup around me.” – Joshua M., CYL ’17

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