“I started coming to AYC in 5th grade. We had just moved to Aspen and my mom told my sister and I there was a youth center. I was so nervous to go but when I walked in those doors it was my home away from home. That day, I met one of my best friends and after she showed me around we were inseparable. We would not have been friends if it weren’t for AYC.

AYC gives kids an opportunity to try a lot of new things. It’s a place where you meet new people and really explore yourself and find out who you are. AYC taught me how to get out of my bubble. I feel safe and heard there. I don’t think I could have ever imagined growing up without Aspen Youth Center. It has given me so many friends and wonderful memories and now, I am a youth leader and give back by working at AYC!”