Steamboat youth honored for community service |

Steamboat youth honored for community service

Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps Director Kate Warnke is pictured with youth corps member Ben Anderson at the Colorado State Capitol, where he was honored as a Corpsmember of the Year.
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— A Steamboat Springs youth was honored this week at the Colorado State Capitol for the work he has done giving back to the community.

Ben Anderson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Steamboat Springs High School, has worked the past two summers for the Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps. He was selected as one of the state’s 10 Corpsmembers of the Year.

Ben put on a flashy new suit and traveled to Denver on Monday with his family and grandparents, and state senators presented the awards.

“It was amazing,” Ben said Friday. “The experience that I got to have was great.”

After the event, the group was treated to brunch at the Warwick Hotel.

“I have been fortunate to get to know Ben very well through CYC the last two summers and through the Steamboat Springs Teen Council, and he is just an outstanding young man,” Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps Director Kate Warnke said in a news release. “He is dedicated, intelligent, polite, funny, hardworking and a natural leader. Whatever it is that Ben chooses to do in the future, I am confident that his hard work and determination will lead him to ample success.”

The Steamboat youth corps is one of 10 that are accredited by the Colorado Youth Corps Association.

“I think it’s a good program,” Ben said. “I like how it’s hands-on work. Also, giving back to the community is a good thing to do.”

The local youth corps employs teens ages 14 to 16, and they work on community improvement and conservation-related projects.

Last summer, Ben helped rebuild a section of park. During a camping trip, he and other youth corps members cleaned up old barbed-wire fences.

“It’s tedious, but yeah, it was work,” Ben said.

Colorado Youth Corps Association Executive Director Scott Segerstrom said in a news release that the youth corps members contribute significantly to making Colorado a better place to live and play.

“The exceptional work of corpsmembers is a testament to the commitment of today’s young people to serve our state while preparing for their own futures,” Segerstrom said in the release. “We hear story after story about corpsmembers whose lives have been touched in deep and meaningful ways through their experience in corps.

“And in many cases, corpsmembers have overcome personal obstacles thanks to the relationships they formed and the life skills they developed through corps,” Segerstrom continued. “We will continue to invest in our young people so that they may continue to invest in the state of Colorado.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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