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About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

     The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a group of Nederland teenagers dedicated to addressing issues facing the youth of the community. Through initiatives within the group, communication with peers, and collaboration with the greater community and partners such as TEENS, Inc. and Nederland CTCC, the YLA is able to identify and work on the issues that teens themselves notice most. The goal of this group is to use this work to create local opportunities, educate others, and provide support to the area’s youth in order to prevent isolation, substance abuse, academic struggles, and instability.  

     Members of the YLA learn to utilize skills such as mobilization, group management, public speaking, and communication to achieve their goals. By working in an environment that gives youth equal footing as adults, the members of YLA are able to take initiative and work towards solutions that they are passionate about. Not only do they have the chance to change their community, but the skills they learn along the way empower them to succeed later in life.

YLA Members



Max has been advocating for and working with Youth since 2017. He dedicated a year of his time with Americorps and served with the Colorado I Have a Dream foundation as a school based mentor. After that year of service Max continued his work with that same class of students working as a 5th grade teacher. In 2019 Max then moved into the role of Extended Learning Director back with The Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation continuing to transition with that same class of students into Middle School, while developing an extended learning program that not only provided after school programming but 360 degree wrap around support systems for students and families in South West Denver. Max is deeply passionate about youth voice and leadership and is hungry and motivated to continue the momentum already begun by YLA’s efforts. In his off time you can find Max climbing, hiking, or spending time with friends and family.

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Previous Members

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