COLORADO YOUNG LEADERS STAFF
A good lookin’ team, if we don’t say so ourselves.
“Youth isn’t a limitation; It’s the beginning of a long life of opportunty and possibility.”
“CYL gives youth the confidence to lead through service, advocate for issues they care about, and connect with a community of change makers.”
Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
“Pessimists complain about the wind. Optimists expect it to get better. CYLers adjust the sails.”
Summit Guides are there for your students through their journeys – they are the fun adult leaders who facilitate the Leadership Exploration Meetings.
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.
Central Denver Chapter
CYL 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.
Southeast Denver Chapter
I love working with people and helping folks make new discoveries about themselves. I can’t wait to work with young adults and see all the unique ways they can learn about themselves while being of service to their community.
Northwest Denver 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.
Southwest Denver Chapter
Whether it’s tips about traveling, environmental principles in the outdoors, or (not so) fancy yoga moves, I love sharing my experiences with others – youth in particular. I think learning is best done through experience & we usually have the answers inside of us already. All it takes is for someone to listen & ask the right questions.
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.
Youth Advisory Board President
DSST: Green Valley Ranch
Leadership is being able to be ambitious and passionate enough about the task or tasks at hand and always speaking out when something goes against what the leader stands for.
Youth Advisory Board Vice President
Erie High School
Leadership is contributing to a group of people by listening and pitching ideas in a manner where all group members are considered equally. A leader should be able to guide this group on the general path they need, but should still remain equal to each of the other team member.
Denver South High School
Leadership is having the drive and courage to find the issues worth solving in our society and positively encouraging people to engage and support to fight for change. It is the ability to step up or back when needed and be a role model many can look up to.
Cherry Creek High School
To me, leadership is using your own strengths to facilitate the journey of others, whether it be by setting an example, listening to their needs, or giving them advice. A true leader recognizes that their job is not to be the brightest star, but to help other people grow and shine their own unique light, and, in the process, to grow themselves.
Thunder Ridge High School
Leadership to me is when you help others in their goals, not by telling them what to do but by helping them and listening to their suggestions or ideas.
Cherry Creek High School
Successful leadership occurs when a leader is able to guide others to discover their passions and in turn shape those individuals into leaders as well. Leaders are listeners who consider the opinions and ideas of their group in order to achieve a common goal.
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.
To be a leader, you are viewed in your community as someone to truly cares about making an impact, whether it is small or large.
My idea of a leader is one who can step back at times and watch as other people show how they are leaders. Leaders care, are accountable and welcoming, but also know when to step into the shadows to let others shine.
Thomas Jefferson High School
Leadership is a person who leads by example. They help influence people to make a difference in their community.
Heritage High School
Leadership to me is not always being the person at the front of the room, telling everyone what to do. To me it is reading a situation and seeing what the group needs to be successful, it could be the person at the front of the room or it could be someone to just listen.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CYL Board President
Instructional Coach, MARS Team Educational Outreach
STEM School Highlands Ranch
CYL BOD Treasurer
SVP Finance, CFO at Lodging Investors Holdings, LLC
Associate Board Liaison
Regional Band District Manager at Wells Fargo
VP, Customer Success and Professional Services at NextGen Venture Partners
Clinical Professor Emeritus at The University of Denver
Director of Partner Performance at Location3
Owner, Cadeau College Planning
Director of Project Management, Peak Resources
SVP of Strategy & Market Development at Terumo BCT
The CYL Associate 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.
Kavan Ossentjuk, CYL Alumni Coordinator