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 opportunity 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 you along your leadership journey – they are the enthusiastic, passion-driven adult leaders who facilitate the Leadership Exploration Meetings.
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.
I love CYL because it teaches us that no change is too small, and we too can be the change we wish to see in the world. I love hiking, climbing and backpacking and am passionate about environmental justice and equity. As a CYL alum, I have worked with a variety of different organizations, from food justice and access to indigenous rights and am so, so excited to help young people find their voice, passion and purpose, just like CYL did for me.
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.
Passionate about creating meaningful opportunities that foster curiosity, community, + adventure in order to cultivate interconnectedness, continuous learning, + inner-strength and am thrilled to do just that as a Summit Guide with CYL! Excited to chat with CYLers about any/all things related to travel, mindfulness + yoga, and building community. Ask me about the time I biked 3,125 miles across the US and then volunteered with refugees and immigrants at our border in El Paso, TX before moving to Denver
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.
Thomas Jefferson High School
Leadership is a person who leads by example. They help influence people to make a difference in their community.
I define leadership as the ability to play to the strengths of teammates and maximize a team’s capacity to achieve a set goal.
Denver East High School
Leadership is taking a role of organization in order to make things run smoother. It’s also being a good role model and person to look up to and follow during hard times or just times when you need someone to turn to.
Denver Waldorf School
Leadership is helping and working with others to complete a challenge at hand.
Thunder Ridge High School
A leader is a person who helps others learn and grow within themselves. A good leader helps the climbers climb and helping them with footing and pulls them up.
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.
A leader is not just someone who directs others, but someone who is a qualified team player. A leader is someone who listens and empathizes with other’s opinions and needs, and also someone who has the vision to take risks.
Denver East High School
Leadership is taking a stand for issues you’re passionate about without hesitation.
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.
Denver South High School
Leadership is taking action to create positive change. No matter which way you lead, the goal is always to make a difference in the world around you.
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 Project Management, Peak Resources
SVP of Strategy & Market Development at Terumo BCT