Eleven Weld County high school students on the United Way of Weld County Youth Leadership Council determined and oversaw the awarding of $12,933 to area nonprofit agencies.
“The 2019 Youth Leadership Council was made up of 11 exceptional Weld County high school students, representing 5 different Weld County high schools. They were tasked to make the decision of which Weld County nonprofit programs would be granted fund investments from the United Way Youth Campaign combined with the proceeds from the Live United 5K Color Run,” said Nicole Quinn, volunteer engagement coordinator for United Way of Weld County. “The YLC read and scored grant proposals submitted by numerous nonprofits in the community. Next, they spent a Saturday in March at the United Way office listing to presentations from all of the nonprofits that submitted grants. Following the presentations, they had the arduous task of deciding how to invest funds.”

The students on the YLC make recommendations for funding to the United Way of Weld County board of directors. Invitations are extended to all high schools in Weld County to identify interested students.

“The students that represent the YLC are an excellent example of the future leaders we have here in Weld County,” Quinn said. “They were committed, thoughtful and engaged throughout the process. It is reassuring to know that these students represent our future leaders!”

This year, the students who stepped forward to serve on the YLC were: Colton Moore (Platte Valley High School), Sophia Sorbo (Frontier Academy), Maddie Pringle (Platte Valley High School), Maddison Miller (Frontier Academy), Brianna Payan (Platte Valley High School), Brookelle Otte (Windsor High School), Kenia Gallardo (Greeley Central High School), Macy Gurnsey (Eaton High School), Maryann Avila (Greeley Central High School), Memphis Baker (Platte Valley High School) and Samuel Stoltz (Frontier Academy).
The 2019 recipient agencies are:
• Boys and Girls Club of Weld County – Keystone Club ($800)
• Catholic Charities – Homeless Prevention Program and Emergency Assistance ($1,200)
• Greeley Dream Team – Summer Program ($800)
• Greeley Transitional House – Case Management services ($700)
• Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity – Jefferson High School Construction Pathway Program ($1,200)
• Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley – Neighborhood Revitalization ($500)
• Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado – Summer English Academy ($800)
• Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy – Needs and Activity Fund ($500)
• Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains – Safe Touch: Body Safety program ( $800)
• NCYFC Turn Around Bikes – Youth Mechanic Certificate Workshops ($1,383)
• Partners Mentoring Youth – Community Based Youth Mentoring Program ($500)
• Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center – SART Peers Program ($700)
• The Arc of Weld County – Families in Action ($750)
• Weld Food Bank – Kids Backpack Program ($2,300)

If a high school student is interested in serving on the YLC, contact Nicole Quinn at nicole@unitedway-weld.org or by calling (970) 304-6198.


2019 Youth Leadership Council in front, from left, are, Maryann Avila (Greeley Central), Kenia Gallardo (Greeley Central), Brookelle Otte (Windsor) and Sophia Sorbo (Frontier Academy). Back row, from left, are, Memphis Baker (Platte Valley), Maddie Pringle (Platte Valley), Colton Moore (Platte Valley), Samuel Stoltz (Frontier Academy) and Maddison Miller (Frontier Academy). Missing from photo are Brianna Payan (Platte Valley) and Macy Gurnsey (Eaton).