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County Council Presents Proclamation To C’YA Aug. 27

on August 24, 2019 - 7:23am
Deb Snow
CYA News:
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), will be recognized at the Los Alamos County Council meeting Aug. 27 with a proclamation for youth and community development, as the new school year begins.
The proclamation helps to highlight the work C’YA does based on the Search-Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets* and building community.
C’YA celebrated its 5th birthday in June, but have worked to keep the assets top of mind for 11 years. When funding for the program was discontinued, C’YA was created as a non-profit, to continue the mission.
The work includes; hands-on science in several elementary schools both locally and in the region, youth leadership, sending care packages to local military members and the annual Community Asset Awards.
Their newest member Deb Snow joined the board in July. Snow is an administrative assistant starting her 15th year at Chamisa Elementary School. She has an uncanny ability to recall the names of every student and often greets them by name, learning more about them throughout the year. She also confesses to enjoying a good hug when spotted in the community.
What made her join the C’YA team? “Working at Chamisa, I see the fun experiments the SciGuy brings to all grades. Students love his experiments,” Snow said. “The connections C'YA makes with letters to those serving in the military, it's an honor to be asked to be a part of that.” 
Snow has been involved for many years with different organizations in the community. She assisted with being a leader in Girl Scouts, the Parent Teacher Organization at Chamisa and four years ago, even formed and led a Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help group in Los Alamos. She and daughter Jackie also volunteer with Walk and Bike MS.
Additional C’YA Board Members include President Claire Swinhoe, Treasurer Karen Greenfield, Secretary Debra Minyard and members Megan Pfeffer and Valerie Harris.
The organization's next event is College and Military Day in September. Community members are encouraged to wear their favorite college or military apparel, or continued education, to demonstrate any life-long path of learning. The day will take place throughout the entire community, Sept. 13. Those participating are asked to send photographs to showcase their efforts.
C’YA was granted an award by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation for participation in the 2019 ScienceFest and for the 2019 Community Asset Awards.
To nominate someone for a Community Asset Award, visit or call for a nomination form to 505.695.9139.