With our partners, we have provided 57,000 books to K-3 students, 8000 meals for students, and 300 youth jobs!

Colorado Youth Leadership Institute

For more information about the CYLI Program, please contact Cassandra Ernst at cassandraernst@yapacolorado.org

Colorado Youth Leadership Institute is an initiative through Young Adults for Positive Action (YAPA) specializing in the cultivation of leaders in Far Northeast Denver. CYLI focuses on high school students, and acceptance is on the basis of economic and academic needs, leadership potential, and school recommendations. Through CYLI, YAPA staff meets students at their school in order to address self-advocacy, available resources, and service opportunities. CYLI encourages positive adult relationships, increased emotional resiliency and leadership capabilities that reduces opportunities to engage in risky behaviors.