THE CYL FAM

COLORADO YOUNG LEADERS STAFF

A good lookin’ team, if we don’t say so ourselves.

Jennifer Landers

Executive Director
jen@coloradoyoungleaders.org

“Youth isn’t a limitation; It’s the beginning of a long life of opportunty and possibility.”

Lauren Steavpack

Program Director
lauren@coloradoyoungleaders.org

“CYL gives youth the confidence to lead through service, advocate for issues they care about, and connect with a community of change makers.”

Hayley Krawitz

Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
hayley@coloradoyoungleaders.org

“Pessimists complain about the wind. Optimists expect it to get better. CYLers adjust the sails.”

SUMMIT GUIDES

Summit Guides are there for your students through their journeys – they are the fun adult leaders who facilitate the Leadership Exploration Meetings.

Erica Rewey

Pikes Peak Chapter

“Even after nearly 20 years of being a professional educator, I continue to be impressed and inspired by the young leaders I get to work with at CYL.”

Maddy Gawler

Central Denver Chapter

Colorado Young Leaders is the one group that always says YES in a society that always says no to youth. It is the group that builds students up, helps them find their passion and sends them out into the world with experience talking the talk and walking the walk.

Seinab Fahim

Arapahoe County Chapter

“CYL empowers youth and shows them the path to being the leaders they aspire to be. I love getting to be a part of that and seeing them grow into service minded individuals who make a positive impact on the world.”

Karla Aldaraca

Northeast Denver Chapter

CYL helps students find their voice in their community. Then gives them the tools to persuade their passions. The students never fail to surprise me with what their passionate hearts achieve. I can proudly say I have learned so much from the voices who will lead the future.

Kelley Birschbach

Douglas County Chapter

“When you were young, didn’t you want to be given the tools and guidance you knew you could trust to become all you wanted to be? That’s CYL and that’s my role.”

Kelly Dohn

Jefferson County Chapter

There are no boundaries or confinements to leadership. CYL is a place for Young Leaders to come together to see what happens when they explore the limitless impact they can have on their community. 

YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

The Youth Advisory Board is a vital part of CYL’s leadership. These high schoolers take on helping our staff & board to guide the program, inspire new service adventures, participate in fundraising, and become ambassadors for positive change in their schools. Read on to learn about the most important issues they are working on solving.

Riley R.

President
Standley Lake High School

The MOST important issue high school students can solve is this notion that teenagers don’t know anything. To me, this is the biggest barrier that prevents our voices from being heard on every level of hierarchy in society. 

Marlen M.

Vice President
DSST: Green Valley Ranch

The most important issues teens can solve today are the inequality in STEM and breaking down stereotypes of low-income neighborhoods. 

Morgan D.

Outreach Chair
Wheat Ridge High School

I believe that any issue can be solved by teens today as long as we put work into it.

Ava M.

Outreach Chair
Denver East High School

We have the power to work towards solving many issues such as education, sustainability, and homelessness- a few of the problems we can find within our own community. We need to address the problem of not being taken seriously when expressing our opinions. 

Eden M.

Secretary
STEM – Highlands Ranch

High schoolers today can solve the issue of talk without action, meaning we can be the ones who don’t just talk about issues but try to go forth and be activists. We can be the ones to shed light on the issue and inspire others to get involved with working towards change.

Madelyn C.

William J. Palmer High School

High school students have the ability to speak out against what we see wrong and come up with reasonable and effective solutions. We can solve, or better the circumstances of, local homelessness, poverty in our own cities, waste cleanup, and so much more; it just takes awareness.

Paige C.

William J. Palmer High School

We can solve anything if we put our minds to it and work together. We can really make a difference in vouching for adjustments to the education system, making schools a safe place for students and spreading awareness about sustainability and climate change. 

Gaby A.

DSST: Green Valley Ranch

Some of the most important issues right now that high school students can help solve are global warming, climate change, mental health awareness, and security in schools.

Jared G.

Arapahoe High School

Mental health is at the forefront of problems in high school. Teenagers are also needing to find a sense of community and togetherness. 

Allen A.

Wheat Ridge High School

High schoolers can definitely begin tackling mental health issues 

Finley S.

Denver East High School

We can solve any problem that we are passionate about, and are willing to put the work in for.

Hailey H.

Denver South High School

Some of the most important issues high school students can solve today are school safety and mental health.

Peyton R.

Cherry Creek High School

High school students can impact and start to break down issues with mental health, specifically relating to the destigmatization, awareness, and spreading of resources. Not only do high school students have a high level of exposure to these issues as a result of their presence in schools, but they can also provide better perspective and understanding in order to implement truly effective measures against the issue.

Lillian D.

STEM – Highlands Ranch

There’s no real limit to what issues high school students can solve today because everyone is passionate about different things. Change is possible where there is passion, in anything from climate change to mental health to accessibility in sports.

Clarice P.

Denver East High School

High school students can help solve the stigma around teen mental health and suicide. High school students have the power to allow others to gain awareness about this important issue. If teens can utilize their voices, I strongly believe many issues can be solved. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nicole Mahobian

Founder & President of the Board

Nick Moscaritolo 

CYL BOD Treasurer
SVP Finance, CFO at Lodging Investors Holdings, LLC

Liz Palmquist

Public Outreach at Zoeller Consulting

Jodi Harmon

Regional Band District Manager at Wells Fargo

Angela Han

VP, Customer Success and Professional Services at NextGen Venture Partners

Paul Bauer

Clinical Professor Emeritus at The University of Denver

Crystal Ware

Director of Partner Performance at Location3

Stephanie Mendrala

Instructional Coach, MARS Team Educational Outreach
STEM School Highlands Ranch

Claire Frey

Owner, Cadeau College Planning

Shawn Ouellet

Director of Project Management, Peak Resources

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BOARD

The CYL Young Professionals Board is a is a group of socially-minded change makers who have a strong desire to lead and participate and are ready to help us empower a new generation of youth leaders.

Brianna Huynh

Chance Villarreal

Claire Jene

Devon Wolfe

Emily Wolverton

Gabe Revnew

Jeremy Sarby

Kristen Falcone

Maddy Gawler

Mallory Schmitz

Wade Stembridge

Will Palmquist


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