EVLD is the Member of the Month

Posted on May 31, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition I remember lazy, languid summer days on the back patio, lying on the hammock, buried in a book?

I remember being so proud when I won the summer reading program in 3rd grade (I still have the Grimm's Fairy Tales book that was the award). Our local libraries open up minds, imaginations, doors and a life-long love of reading, learning and exploring.

This summer - and every day throughout the year - there is something for everyone at the Eagle Valley Library District (EVLD)! From storytimes and summer reading programs for babies, kids, teens, and adults to eBooks, eAudio Books, magazines and DVDs for vacation getaways visiting Colorado State Parks! Discover more at evld.org, shares Tegan Davis, PR Librarian.

Take a walk on the child side with children's singer/songwriter Eddie Coker as he kicks off EVLD's 2017 Summer Reading Program. Eddie's high-energy program will excite your kids and give them something silly to sing! So if you see only one opera singer sporting a neon wig and singing about an octopus this year, make it Eddie Coker. Your kids won't be snoring during this show! Eddie will be… Read more >

Difference Maker Korrine Winstead

Posted on May 31, 2017

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June's Difference Maker is a person who is committed to making a difference in the lives of youth. She's in the throes of parenthood, work and life: raising two girls, volunteering with 4H, Girl Scouts, running the elementary school's PTA for six years and ERYC. She's also helping kids get back on track at her job as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the 5th Judicial District in Eagle.

Some of us might grit our teeth and volunteer because it's what we are supposed to do, or because someone asked, begged or pleaded. Korrine Winstead volunteers because she wants to be a positive role model and as an added bonus, she gets to be a part of her daughters' lives.

"Being part of my community has always been important to me, whether that meant student council, youth group, soccer, and cheerleading as a teen, to now being a parent leader in PTA, 4H, ERYC, and Girl Scouts," Korrine shares. "As my girls continue to grow, my volunteering roles have changed with their interests. Currently my husband and I are leaders of the 4H Horsin' Around Club where we work with youth ages… Read more >

Youth Leader Spotlight Claire Krueger

Posted on May 31, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition Poised, resilient and soft spoken are three characteristics I'd use to sum up Battle Mountain High School 11th grader Claire Krueger. Part of the multi-generational Krueger legacy, Claire follows in her family's footsteps when it comes to athletics. She has taken on powerful leadership roles on the soccer field, a varsity player since her freshman year. Claire can also be found on the basketball court, ski slopes, and golf courses. Yet it is not her sportsmanship or athleticism that strike me as her most impactful trait.

Claire's character can best be seen in her commitment to giving back to others. Service has been a foundation of Claire's personae over the years, as can be seen with her involvement with Best Buddies, Link Crew, National Honors Society and Student Council. Still, many local teens manage to fill their schedules with an impressive array of worthy roles. So what sets Claire apart from her peers? Her summer plans are an excellent illustration. "My mom came across a family-based service trip to Honduras and my brother and I jumped on board immediately," she describes quietly. Helping Hondurans is a tip of the iceberg though for Claire's summer plans. Read more >

SpeakUp ReachOut is the ERYC May, 2017 Member of the Month.

Posted on May 02, 2017

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For being known as "Happy Valley," the Eagle River Valley has been shocked by a high number of suicides and suicide attempts. SpeakUp ReachOut was formed to help prevent the pain of suicides and suicide attempts.

SpeakUp ReachOut is a coalition comprised of community members, emergency first responders, non-profit leaders, mental health clinicians, business leaders and educators all working together to provide help, hope, training and crisis response. It was founded in 2009 to clarify local resources, gaps and needs to be addressed.

Executive Director Erin Ivie joined SpeakUp ReachOut in 2012 and has helped the organization become an integral part of the community. "I lost my best friend to suicide in 2007. In the years surrounding his death multiple other men between the ages of 13 and 30 took their own lives in Eagle County. I knew I wanted and needed to get involved to help prevent this tragedy from continuing to happen but also as part of my healing journey," she shares.

Prevention and intervention and reducing the stigma of, and support those suffering from mental illness, are… Read more >

ERYC May, 2017 Difference Maker - Mikayla Curtis

Posted on May 02, 2017


There's a saying - if you want something done ask a busy person to do it. From the looks of it, many organizations have reaped the benefits of Mikayla Curtis' passion to be involved with projects and programs, making connections and changing lives.

"I feel more connected and involved when I volunteer, and I feel a great sense of purpose and community," the soft-spoken Mikayla says. Not only does she volunteer for way more than a handful of organizations, but she is the Strategic Impact Manager and the leader for ERYC's Youth Leadership Council. Her myriad roles go hand in hand, she shares. "Being involved in the community allows me to know what's going on and to help connect organizations and programs to support the ERYC role of addressing service gaps."

Her volunteering obviously helps many organizations in the community - but it's the personal relationships that really make Mikayla thrive.

"I also just really enjoy being around people and supporting the positive health of the community and believe that relationships really lead the work of ERYC. Being involved in these groups… Read more >

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