Leadership and Partners


BILL JOHNSON, DUANE YOUSE, and DIANE HEGEMAN founded Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) in 2001, with a forward looking vision for the youth of Arvada and Wheat Ridge. The saying goes that “to raise a child it takes a village” and these three took the adage to heart. AWRSAY builds on the community spirit and active engagement of service clubs, local leadership, and local businesses to ensure that our area youth grow up knowing that their community members and leaders value and respect them as the future mentors and leaders of our world.


  • Arvada Chamber of Commerce
  • Arvada Clear Creek Optimists
  • Arvada-Jefferson Kiwanis
  • Arvada Rotary
  • Arvada Sunrise Rotary
  • Arvada & Wheat Ridge Businesses
  • Citizen’s Police Academy Arvada Alumni
  • City of Arvada
  • City of Wheat Ridge
  • Community Volunteers
  • Edgewater Optimist
  • Jeffco Public Schools
  • Jeffco Schools Foundation
  • Lake Arbor Optimist
  • Red Rocks Community College
  • The RRCC Foundation
  • Wheat Ridge Community Foundation
  • Wheat Ridge Kiwanis
  • Wheat Ridge Optimist
  • Wheat Ridge Rotary


Gillian McCarron: President
Daisy Adamson: Secretary
Michelle Gonzales
Dominick Breton
Kenny Blair
Mike Litzau
Lisa Larson
Joel Folk
Don Storey
Duane Youse
Larry Kuehn
Jim Niquette
Diane Hegeman
Megara Pullen
Dan Macy
Travis Ogburn



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“The Service Ambassador program is an incredible asset to our community. I am thrilled that we have volunteers who are dedicated to helping youth who overcome obstacles. This is another example of what makes Arvada a great city.”
Ken Fellman Former Mayor, City of Arvada