On Monday, February 7th Mile High Youth Corps Corpsmembers of the Year Juan Martinez and Steven Ladefoged were honored at a dignified Corpsmember award ceremony held at the Old Supreme Court Chambers of the State Capitol. Parents were honored to attend this ceremony that recognized the achievements of their children. Many of the Corpsmember’s Representatives and Senators presented the awards. Also in attendance were staff from federal offices, youth corps staff, CYCA board members and governor’s office staff. We were thrilled with the wonderful show of support on this special day and the chance for the Corpmembers to be presented on the House floor.
Denver Corpsmember Juan Martinez showed perseverance and dedication to staying in school and finding a job to support his son and wife despite losing his father in his freshmen year of high school, and living with a lifelong hearing impairment. Juan often went out of his way to motivate and encourage other Corpsmembers. As the youth speaker at the ceremony Juan expressed his feelings about how MHYC was not another job but a second home. Juan said that “Now as an ACLC I know I can set an example for everyone in or outside of Mile High. I have gained self confidence, good friends from Mile High and role-models that can guide me to the road of success.”
Following the award ceremony the Corpsmembers were celebrated at a brunch where they heard from Mike King, Director of the Department of Natural Resources.