The Youth Foundation’s roots 20 years ago grew into YouthPower365’s current reach

By Randy Wyrick — AVON — Ideas can start on white boards or cocktail napkins, but often stay right where they started or land in the trash bin. They seem like a good idea at the time, yet nothing is done to bring them to fruition.

But once in a while, those ideas grow into something that transforms lives.

It was 20 years ago that The Youth Foundation was born, the brainchild of Mark Smith and a cast of several. In 2012, the organization merged with the Vail Valley Foundation, and though the name changed to YouthPower365, the mission did not, said Executive Director Melisa Rewold-Thuon.

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