Global Youth Service Day and Colorado Young Leaders – Youth Mental Well Being through PLAY

School Field Days, usually held toward the end of the school year, always signal an opportunity to abandon the daily rigor and, with friends, family, and teachers, embrace the abandon of “play”.  The GYSD Community Field Day will bring together students, families, friends, and volunteers with an interest in, and focus on, the world of Mental Well Being.

On April 22nd you are invited to take a break from the pressures of everyday tasks and meet with Colorado Young Leaders as part of Global Youth Service Day for community fun and learning.  Meet us at Civic Green Park, 9370 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, Colorado from 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM. It’s free! “I think it’s super important for people to start focusing on bettering their mental health, and just taking a breath. We live in such a fast-paced world most people don’t just stop and take care of themselves, and it’s really important to do that.” Remarked Eden Mendrala, one of CYL’s student leaders.

When we say Physical Health people generally go to the positive side of strength, endurance, and increased well-being. However, when talking about Mental Health, the topic becomes more serious and sometimes even bleak. “Youth Mental Health, for the Douglas County Chapter of CYL, defined their mission: to build an awareness of mental health and an appreciation of our natural world by bringing people in our community together,” according to MacKenzie Harper, CYL Douglas County Summit Leader. “A spring day, guaranteed fun for all ages, and an opportunity to learn about Youth Mental Health, well-being, and joy through information and play is appealing.  Hang out . . . Learn . . . Socialize . . .for as long, or as short, as your time permits.”

If your interest is piqued, come join these amazing young leaders for GaGa Ball, Corn Hole Toss, Earth Day crafts, mental health resource and support information, and a fabulous Food Truck for snacks and lunch. All ages are invited and welcome, without any particular skill-set or expectation required. . . and it’s free!

These young leaders recognize that it indeed “takes a village” for all of us to feel supported and valued. Their excitement about the possibility of community shared information about a topic that impacts us all helped them launch their idea.  Ms. Harper added these students belief, “if we can make a difference in even one person’s life, then this day will be a success.”

As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teacher for Douglas County Schools, MacKenzie was drawn to support and participate with the CYL group because of their passion and commitment outside of, and in addition to, family, church, school, and sports. “Leadership through community service really means something to these kids, and their actions prove it. I encourage everyone who can, to come and experience them, and this day of fun and learning, for yourself.”

Colorado Young Leaders, CYL, is divided into 5 chapters across the front range. The Douglas County chapter is comprised of students from several local high schools, and open to any student who is interested. Each participant is supported in their quest to learn more about leadership by investigating their individual passion and then making time for service in their own community. Join in to PLAY, SHARE, LAUGH, and LEARN about Youth Mental Health, on Sunday, April 22nd at Civic Green Park, 9370 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. It’s free!

More information about this and other GYSD and CYL projects can be found on the CYL website: www.