Champions Of Youth Ambitions Celebrates 5 Years

C’YA Board President Claire Swinhoe and Chad Lauritzen the Science Guy. Courtesy/C’YA
CYA News:
This week, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) celebrates its 5th birthday, after becoming a local nonprofit organization in 2014.
As C’YA continues to highlight the good deeds of local community members and works to support youth, it reflects on the past and steps into the future by joining the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
“Today, when the country seems more polarized than ever, it is wonderful to have an organization that brings the community together and that values people of all ages,” C’YA Board President Claire Swinhoe said.
  • C’YA focuses on four areas including:
  • Community Asset Awards;
  • Science education in the schools;
  • Youth leadership; and
  • Sending mail to local troops serving in the U.S. and aroung the world.
The group wanted to try something new in 2019 and to mark their 5th birthday, they decided to create an opportunity to give and receive.
Those wanting to try an innovative idea can, “Give the Gift of Science.”
A gift that will benefit youth and give back to the community at the same time. A gift certificate will be sent in the receiver’s name and the giver can select a local or regional classroom to benefit from the gift.
“C’YA is excited once again to participate in ScienceFest 2019,” Bernadette Lauritzen, C’YA Executive Director said. “Earlier this year, we received a Community Outreach Grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and we look forward to the opportunity. We hope to see kids and kids at heart, as we bring fun and education in the heart of the summer.”
The Champions of Youth Ambitions Board of Directors includes; Claire Swinhoe, Karen Greenfield, Megan Pfeffer, Valerie Harris and Debra Minyard. You can learn more about them at, on Facebook at Champions of Youth Ambitions or by emailing