Thursday, January 22, 2015

Here's to the young and smart among us

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Mayor Bach: Recognizing the achievements of our young citizens. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Mayor Bach: Recognizing the achievements of our young citizens.
Yemi Mobolade created a community. Nikki McComsey promoted cycling through Kids on Bikes. And Conor McCluskey invented a video emailing system.

They and others were recognized this week by Mayor Steve Bach when he presented them with the Mayor’s Young Leader Awards yesterday for the extraordinary efforts in their field while making a positive impact in our community.

Here's more about the winners:
Creative Industry- Jorden Smith, A Positive Note
A Positive Note is the vision of Jorden Smith, a musician who experienced a life altering traumatic brain injury and recovery process. He believes that A Positive Note can help young adults with disabilities to create a sense of self-worth and accomplishment while learning the fundamentals of music. The youth with disabilities such as autism, down syndrome and brain injuries, divide into groups to try piano, rhythm instruments and guitar. Music is an untapped resource for these students.

Economic Impact- Yemi Mobolade, The Wild Goose Meeting House
Yemi does not describe himself as a business owner, rather a community developer, intent on building and investing in his surrounding community. He believes that the success of the Wild Goose Meeting House can inspire other investors to see the benefit of investing in Colorado Springs’ rich future. In a short year of business, Yemi has been approached to further expand his investment in the community in partnerships with the new public market project and the old train station.

Innovation in Education: Dr. Wendy Birhanzel, Harrison School District
Dr. Birhanzel’s passion is ensuring all students have opportunities in life; therefore, she has dedicated her tenure in education to helping in Title One schools. Her dedication is evident as she became the Principal of two low performing schools and within 2-3 years’ time at each school earned state and national awards for increasing achievement and decreasing the achievement gap. Currently, she serves as the Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Officer for Harrison School District 2 where she leads a team in creating a world class curriculum and helping all schools increase student achievement.

Innovation in Sports & Wellness- Nikki McComsey, Kids on Bikes
Through the broad-reaching impact of her professional work, and generous volunteer contributions Nikki McComsey, Executive Director, Kids on Bikes has helped contribute to a healthier Colorado Springs. Under Nikki’s leadership, Kids on Bikes last year led 2,780 hours of youth bike rides, taught 1,255 children bicycle safety skills, hosted summer mountain bike camps for kids aged 6-12 and provided 109 low-income children with a helmet, bike pump and bicycle.

Future Industries- Conor McCluskey, BombBomb
He had a vision for sending videos in an email in a sales capacity. When they were unable to find that service, they decided to create a company to provide it. BombBomb was founded in 2006 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They make it easy for people to use simple videos to build relationships through email, text messaging, and social media. This company has grown significantly with clients in all 50 states of United States and 35 countries in 6 continents.

Sponsorships and ticket sales from this awards event raised $9,000 which will help fund projects led by talented young leaders in our community. For a complete listing of the nominees, visit the mayor’s website: BachsOffice.com

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