ELYCIA COOK, CEO
"I work at BBBSC because being a part of the mentoring movement and being a mentor is my way of being the person I needed most when I was a child. I encourage people of all ages, life situations, backgrounds and ethnicities to always be a mentor and have a mentor." -Elycia Cook
Some highlights of Elycia’s impact include:
- Over 15 years of positive youth development and non-profit leadership
- 2017 recipient of Urban Spectrum’s African American Making a Difference Award
- Was Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Woman in Business of 2020 and awarded National MENTOR’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Mentoring
- Deeply involved in the community serving on the Community 1st's Business Development Committee, the Jack and Jill South Suburban Denver Executive Board, the Community Impact and Philanthropic Services Committees, and the Colorado Gives Day Committee
- Former DEI Committee Chair for Social Venture Partners Denver and board member of the Community First Foundation
"I work at BBBSC to make lasting differences in the lives of youth through mentorship which parallels my vision for growing and supporting staff. BBBSC is committed to developing staff to their fullest potential which in turn allows staff to grow and differentiate our Bigs and Littles!!"
"Our future lies in the hands of our youth. I work at BBBSC because a good mentor sees someone not only for who they are but for who they can become."
"I work for BBBSC because I was a Little in this same organization 30 years ago and was the child this program was designed to serve. My Big kept me from getting into life-changing trouble, and is the reason I am still here today."
"I am honored to represent mentorship and human connection where two people enter each other’s lives to motivate and encourage each other to be the best version of themselves."
"BBBSC is not just an organization I work for, I believe deeply in the mission and the power of a mentor to change the course of one’s life."
accounting & administration
"I work at BBBSC to be a part of a storied organization that puts youth first and believes in their future and potential."
"I work at BBBSC to support programs that mold authentic and enduring relationships to help promote equity and resilience in our community."
DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING
"In my mission to advance mentoring and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, I envision mentoring as a ripple that transforms lives, communities, and the world for the better."
"I work at BBBSC because if you are to be an effective leader, you need to have an understanding of how younger generations see things and where they can make a difference in the world."
"I work at BBBSC to support programs that create positive community impact by helping young people feel seen, uplifted, and empowered."
"I work at BBBSC because the influence of a mentor is boundless and I get to wake-up every day knowing my work has an impact on not only the youth we serve, but the many others our mission reaches."
"I have spent my life working with and on behalf of youth because I love them and want them to feel seen, heard, and celebrated. It is my honor to continue that work at BBBSC with a team of caring people who give so much to make mentoring happen."
"I work at Big Brothers Big Sisters because I believe that every young person deserves an advocate who will support their dreams, help guide their choices, and be their cheerleader."
"I work at BBBS because I want to be a part of an organization that focuses on providing youth with the support and opportunities to help them be successful."
"I work at BBBSC because I have seen young people achieve their dreams, overcome adversity, and go so much further than they ever imagined because someone they trusted believed they could do it and didn't let them forget it."
"As a former Little I know the life changing impact this program can have on a child's life so I feel blessed and honored to be a part of the staff that creates and helps maintain these magical connections."
"I work at BBBSC because I know that youth hold incredible positive power when supported by their communities to succeed. Our programs connect youth with mentors who believe in their potential."
"I work at BBBSC because I am passionate about making mutually transforming relationships!"
"Young people are the leaders of today. As a mentor and youth advocate, I have a duty to develop relevant and equitable systems to equip these leaders to be change-agents in their communities."
"I work at BBBSC because I believe in our mission and supporting the positive growth of our Littles, our Bigs, and the communities we touch."
"One to one mentoring creates belonging. When we have a sense of belonging, we can create, sustain, and improve the community and world."
"My mission is to inspire young folk to have unapologetic audacity, to live in their full truth and full potential."
"I work at BBBSC because of the people and the mission; the people are incredibly inspiring and the mission drives me to make a difference in the lives of others, every day."
"I work at BBBSC to support friendships that might not otherwise happen, and those relationships strengthen individuals and ultimately, our larger community as a whole."
"I work at BBBS because I truly believe that the youth are our future, so we need to invest in them and give them all of our best resources. I want to leave the community a little better than I found it and our mission and values will do just that."
"I work at BBBSC because I have experienced the impact of mentorship and want youth in our community to feel supported in everything they do. "
"My why is when the kids find their why. I know that what I do will be insignificant to them at the time, but there comes a day where it clicks. I may not see the fruits of the labor, but maybe they will want to be there for someone too!"
"I work at because I believe every young person deserves to know that they have someone on their team - regardless of what they are going through."
"I work at BBBS because I enjoy how genuine and honest young people can be. Above all, I want every child to know they matter."
"I work at BBBSC because every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be."
"I work at BBBSC to facilitate powerful friendships where both mentor and mentee can teach each other the beauty in knowing that there are people who will never give up on you."
"I work at BBBSC because I know first-hand the transformational power that mentorship can have, and I want every child to have someone who supports them in achieving their fullest potential."
"I work at BBBS because we all get to witness the enormous and powerful impact that mentoring has in the lives of young people. It is greatly rewarding to be part of an organization that empowers the youth in our community to dream big and aim high."
"I work at BBBSC because I believe every child deserves a person who will be in their corner, providing encouragement, support, and guidance so that the child can be the best version of themselves."
"Here at BBBS I have been given the opportunity to serve young people, amazing families and Bigs from various backgrounds. I will provide the support and safety they need to continue an impactful relationship."
"I work at BBBSC to advocate for youth in my community in order to make a lifelong change."
"I work at BBBSC because mentoring is a powerful tool to create a more equitable and just world."
"I work at BBBSC because my goal is to make a difference in the community and to leave people better than I found them"