[Denver Colorado] — Colorado Young Leaders will serve as a 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency, mobilizing Denver area youth to lead volunteer service projects that help meet community needs. The organization is a key leader of Global Youth Service Day, an international event on April 20-22, 2018 that celebrates the power of young people.

With grant funding from State Farm along with training and support from YSA (Youth Service America), Colorado Young Leaders will lead high-impact, high-visibility service activities and celebration events for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies are a vital part of YSA’s work to create a culture where all young people have the opportunities and the support they need to find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

Colorado Young Leaders will engage at least 500 youth volunteers, and partner with up to 10 other community-based organizations and schools.  Projects are currently being planned include student-led projects addressing community needs in the areas of teen mental health, hunger and homelessness, environmental stewardship, and Native American peoples.

Now in its 30th year, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running youth service event in the world, and the only event dedicated to celebrating the contributions that young people make to their communities year-round.

“We are thrilled to partner with Colorado Young Leaders and the thousands of young people in in the Denver area who will serve and celebrate on Global Youth Service Day,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President, and CEO of YSA. “We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems if given the opportunity. They are wired for novelty (learning new things and creating new solutions), risk (trying things adults might not), and peer authority (kids listen to other kids more than they do to adults). Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth throughout Denver and the surrounding communities to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow.”

“At Colorado Young Leaders we truly believe that today’s youth can change the world.  We are excited to partner with Youth Service America and State Farm and to be a part of Global Youth Service Day and to showcase the amazing things youth in our area are doing to improve their communities.” Jennifer Landers,  CYL Executive Director



About Colorado Young Leaders

Founded in December 2014, CYL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is cultivating a new generational leader; a young person with a clear passion and purpose, a heart for others and the confidence to explore the difference they want to make in their community. CYL develops young people’s leadership skills through a dynamic leadership process; to inspire a sense of adventure through meaningful service-learning opportunities in the local community, and to create a community for young people to live out their discovered skills and passions.

YSA (Youth Service America) helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. Through international campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; funding and grants programs; resources and training opportunities; and recognition programs, YSA helps build a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. For more information, visit

 As a campaign of YSA and the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service. GYSD 2018 will be held April 20-22 in more than 100 countries on six continents. For more information, visit and


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Jennifer Landers, Executive Director

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Katie Reusch, Partnerships Manager

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