Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY)

The Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth

Ensuring teens who have overcome adversity, but have been unrecognized, to receive public praise, increased education and on-going opportunities…helping them achieve their potential.


The Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) was created in 2001 by volunteers who wanted a program that recognizes youth who have overcome a major obstacle or adversity. Unlike other programs, AWRSAY seeks to recognize these deserving youth by providing recognition, programs and in the case of seniors, scholarships to Red Rocks Community College. Since our inception we have recognized 790 youth and provided over 265 college scholarships. Our mission is to provide ongoing recognition, educational and leadership opportunities for Arvada and Wheat Ridge teens who have overcome adversity. Our vision is that all Arvada and Wheat Ridge teens will recognize, act on, and realize their potential to succeed. Help us help our teens; nominate a deserving teen, or support AWRSAY through funding, mentoring, or employment.


More than seventy teenagers who have overcome various forms of adversity were recognized by the Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) at a ceremony last month at Arvada High School.  Scholarship awards to Red Rocks Community College were presented by local elected officials such as senators, representatives, mayors, council members, and school board members, plus principals from area middle and high schools. In addition, Congressman Ed Perlmutter has arranged to have the names of the youth printed in the Congressional Record. The program was narrated by Ron Sloan, Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

“Seeing the proud expressions on the faces of these young people as they were publicly recognized for their achievements caused a swell in all of our throats,” said Duane Youse, one of the AWRSAY Founders. “The members feel a sense of accomplishment for giving these teens a life-long memory to build upon.”

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On October 16, 2007, AWRSAY was awarded the Jeffco Public Schools Key Communicators Network Celebration of Excellence Award. Jeffco Public Schools gives this award in recognition of the significant accomplishments of our students, staff, schools and communities.

"I've had to grow up quickly and never had a chance to be the kid I wanted to be. However, overcoming some of my adversities now means that I don't have to do bad things like drugs to make myself feel better."
- Cory Lucas, 7th grader at Moore Middle School

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Many thanks to the Foundation at Rolling Hills for their generous $1,250 gift to AWRSAY.

The Foundation at Rolling Hills in Golden, Colorado is one of only a few country clubs in the United States that supports local charities. AWRSAY thanks Rolling Hills for supporting Jeffco students!

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