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.

McKenna Gawler

Pikes Peak Chapter

Uncovering and pursuing passions is one of life’s greatest gifts. I would like to help students break through their comfort zone and work towards a path of self-discovery and community orientation. 

Maddy Gawler

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.

Sydney Jackson-Clockston

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.

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.

Gabor Boczonadi

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.

Jessica Parker

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. 

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.

Gaby A.

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.

Sasha M.

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.

Lily K.

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.

Peyton R.

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.

Ashley S.

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.

Natalie B.

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.

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.

Brynn B.

DSST: Byers

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.

Ashley H.

Colorado Academy

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.

Grace L.

Thomas Jefferson High School

Leadership is a person who leads by example. They help influence people to make a difference in their community.

Taylor R.

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

Nicole Mahobian

Founder

Stephanie Mendrala

CYL Board President

Instructional Coach, MARS Team Educational Outreach
STEM School Highlands Ranch

Nick Moscaritolo 

CYL BOD Treasurer

SVP Finance, CFO at Lodging Investors Holdings, LLC

Jodi Harmon

Associate Board Liaison 

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

Claire Frey

Owner, Cadeau College Planning

Shawn Ouellet

Director of Project Management, Peak Resources

Monte Smith

SVP of Strategy & Market Development at Terumo BCT

ASSOCIATE BOARD

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.

Brianna Huynh

Chance Villarreal

Claire Jene

Devon Wolfe

Jeremy Sarby

Kavan Ossentjuk, CYL Alumni Coordinator

Maddy Gawler

Mallory Schmitz

Wade Stembridge


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