Passionate, Pianist, Proactive

Posted on July 31, 2018

Evan is an involved, engaged youth who is determined to make a difference.

Those who know Evan Fitzcharles would likely describe him as intelligent and kind. Not only is Evan number 3 in his graduating class (wow!), and a National AP Scholar, he also finds time to volunteer as a Communities That Care (CTC) youth representative and served on Youth Leaders Council (YLC) in the 2017-2018 school year. To top it all off, Evan has taken the initiative, along with other community members, to change policy on purchasing tobacco products in the Town of Avon. This Tobacco 21 Initiative would change the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age.

Evan has been involved in the first year of the Communities That Care (CTC) process, a state- funded process that uses prevention science to promote healthy youth development. Evan has been honored and empowered to be able to provide honest insight into the challenges that face our local youth. He is very appreciative of the fact that the youth voice was incredibly respected by local leaders and law enforcement agencies in the community throughout the CTC process. The mix of other youth involved in CTC was really great because each of them came from different perspectives and backgrounds. Evan is proud of the accomplishments of CTC, and is eager to see the outcome of the work over the next few years.

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Evan’s absolute greatest passion is music; he started playing the piano at the age of 5. He is an accomplished pianist and striving for a piano performance degree from the University of Kansas while studying pre-medicine: no easy task. He hopes to perform, teach, and perhaps have the opportunity to travel the world at the same time. Music, for Evan, is what transforms him, providing space for him to appreciate the complexity and dynamic sounds that are created with various instruments. He has had the opportunity to perform piano several times in Kansas City at a senior center to an audience of over 100 guests. Most recently he competed in a concerto competition in Estes Park against 20 other musicians, coming in third place. He looks forward to participating in the Chicago Music Festival in August, along with his new teacher, and hopes to connect with world-renowned musicians at the Festival.

Prior to leaving for Kansas University, Evan hopes to see a change come to the Town of Avon because of the work of several community partners supporting a small group of youth in their endeavors to change the law. Evan states that “the move aims to protect the health of young people by making tobacco products less accessible.” Evan recently learned that when raising the legal sales age to 21 in a small town in Massachusetts they noticed a sharp drop in teen smoking. He feels that this policy could bring similar cuts in youth initiation and overall vaping rates, and hopes that other towns in Eagle County may follow suit. I truly believe our community is a better place because of Evan Fitzcharles!

Do you want to recognize an outstanding youth? At Valley Tastings, our premier fundraiser, youth who make a difference will receive an award… but we need community input. Please submit your nomination here: . Youth can nominate youth as well…Due August 10th

Denise Kipp is the prevention manager at the Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC).









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