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January 17, 2017

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Youth Corps participant Jake Drewes to be recognized at Colorado State Capitol

Awards ceremony celebrates youth work experience and commitment to Colorado’s natural resources

Boulder County, Colo. - On Monday, Jan. 23,
the Colorado Youth Corps Association (
will honor and celebrate Boulder County Youth Corp Member Jake Drewes by naming
him a 2016 Corpsmember of the Year at the annual
Corps Awards Ceremony
, to be held at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

In 2016, 1,535
youth, young adults, and military veterans across the state worked to protect
and conserve Colorado’s land, water, and energy resources on public and private
lands through Youth Corps. Among those corpsmembers, nine stood out as being
exemplary in their commitment and contributions to this work. One of those
corpsmembers is Jake Drewes, who will be honored for his outstanding
achievements with Boulder County Youth Corps (BCYC).

Last year was Jake’s third summer serving as a BCYC corpsmember.
Jake’s Leaders, Nick Divine and Shanleigh Sullivan, nominated him for his
leadership, inspiration of others, solid work ethic, and respect for everyone
on the team. They frequently looked to Jake to lead small groups of corpsmembers
to accomplish a variety of tasks and he was a huge motivator for the first-year
corpsmembers on his team. They said Jake always modeled hard work for his
teammates and they were thankful that he willingly took on tasks and never quit
until the work was done.

When asked what he would say to a teen thinking about
applying to be a corpsmember for the first time, Jake said, “I would tell them
that it would be a fantastic idea. It would be challenging and would involve
lots of hard work, but the experiences that they would have would be some that
they would most likely never forget.”

BCYC program manager Judy Wolfe
added, “We are very proud of Jake and his accomplishments, and hope that he
will continue on in the Boulder County Youth Corps in a leadership position
this summer.”

Scott Segerstrom, CYCA’s executive director,
said, “The nine corpsmembers selected for this award are among this state’s most
outstanding leaders. Each of them worked hard to become better leaders and
citizens, and this honor is richly deserved.” He added, “These young people
answered a call to serve their state on our public lands, and Coloradans will
benefit from their efforts for years to come. We are so proud to honor them
with this award.”