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Vail Daily column: Student leader juggles community service projects

Lucy Cummings
Youth Leader Spotlight
Avery Bellis

For many, summer is a time to relax, let go and take time off. For incoming Vail Mountain School senior Avery Bellis, summer consists of making the most of every day. Bellis remains focused as she prepares for the AP classes she will be starting in the fall. On the bright side, Bellis is currently attending a three-week-long study abroad program in Paris, France, where she is learning about photography, fashion and current global issues. In addition to traveling abroad and studying for her classes, Bellis has served as a summer intern with the Eagle River Youth Coalition, an organization that serves youth and families in Eagle County. Bellis hopes to gain professional experience as she prepares for a career in international relations.

Even as an unpaid intern, Bellis has proven herself an invaluable asset in large projects and shows no fear of jumping right in. As Candace Eves, research and development coordinator at the youth coalition, describes, “Avery’s ability to enthusiastically rise to any task at hand has been impressive. Her passion for undertaking several administration tasks for upcoming special events, inclination to craft important funding documents and impeccable stewardship illuminated throughout her work as she pioneered the rigorous task of coordinating a large donor recruitment project.”

Bellis should be an inspiration to all who are fresh on a new job.

Bellis’ eye for detail seamlessly ties in with her love of photography, and helps her to manage an impressive workload. Along with being able to learn and execute fundraising responsibilities with the youth coalition, Bellis helped to compile and sort hundreds of evaluations from local middle school and high school students on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey positive messages campaign that took place this past spring.

“Avery’s diligent work ethic and attention to detail was instrumental in completing the social norms data analysis,” said Jason Peck, program manager at the youth coalition.

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It is obvious that Bellis will be a competitive candidate with whomever she ends up working for in the future.

Throughout her schooling, Bellis has been involved in many service related organizations, including the Girls Leadership Group, the Philanthrophy Service Group and Cross-Age Tutoring. Bellis has also participated in a disaster relief trip to New Orleans with international school of global citizenship, Student Shoulder to Shoulder.

When speaking about her community service work, Bellis said that she has realized “the responsibility of being a global citizen and the importance of helping to create change.”

Bellis’ ability to manage a remarkable schedule this summer while bestowing a positive spirit in all that she does has earned her recognition as a youth leader. Her vibrant disposition and healthy work ethic assure her success in all of her future endeavors.

Lucy Cummings is the marketing and special projects coordinator at the Eagle River Youth Coalition, a local nonprofit organization that offers and supports collaborative prevention programs and services. The coalition tackles three main areas that affect the development of teens and adolescent youth, including substance abuse prevention, emotional wellness and mental health promotion, and academic achievement. In addition to supporting the health and well-being of local young people, the coalition offers various levels of parenting education and trainings for community members. For more information, call 970-949-9250 or visit

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