In June MHYC and Colorado Legends and Legacies Youth Corps (CLLYC) merged. After months of discussions, assessments and highway miles logged on June 30th it was official. When the legal documents were submitted Michele, CLLYC’s Executive Director, equated the finality of the merger to the bittersweet emotion of a child leaving home for college. Letting go was difficult yet absolutely necessary for the Corps to succeed. During the weeks that have followed, Michele’s comment resonates with me.
Recently we held a talent show at the Corps. In the back of the MHYC warehouse the loading dock served as our stage. Music was blasting, the room was electric and there we were three MHYC staffers in wigs and costumes ready to ham it up as judges for the show. I loved it. Corpsmembers had worked hard in hot weather all summer when they decided it would be fun to put on a talent show. Now they were cheering on their teammates, laughing as staff was pulled on stage to dance with one of the acts and I was reminded of Michele’s comments. Letting go of this would be bittersweet.
In this environment young people thrive. The service projects are meaningful. The staff is dedicated and their positive energy is contagious. It’s hard work yet the payoff can be so rewarding. With all of this, corps can be downright addictive. I give Michele and the CLLYC board a lot of credit for enduring bittersweet emotions to pursue the merger and seeing it to fruition. We are grateful for their years of investment in the youth and communities of the southern Front Range and we are looking forward to continuing their efforts…yes, costumes may be required.
– Kelly Causey, Executive Director