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EAGLE April 2021 Calendar

Reservation form is here!

EAGLE (Excelling At Great Leadership Everyday) is a free out-of-school program at the Gilpin County Community Center (GCCC) and provides afterschool, Friday, and summer extracurricular opportunities for youth ages 11-18. All activities/field trips are planned with our youth program assistant and/or our youth leadership team.

Youth must complete the registration packet prior to attendance: click here to download the packet. Please send to when complete. Paper copies can be picked up from, and dropped off with, GCCC staff.

Currently, we are open Mon/Tues/Wed/Thur from 4:15 to 7:15 PM, and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A reservation is required for each day youth want to attend, but they can leave any time before closing. Specific activities for each day are listed on the reservation form.

Register to participate

Participation is free unless stated otherwise for a specific field trip or event. We will never turn away a participant for inability to pay.

Youth ages 11-18 may participate once they have returned their registration packet to the EAGLE Program Coordinator. Download the packet here and send to when complete. Printed copies of the packet may be picked up from, and dropped off with, GCCC staff. Youth who drop in at the GCCC without an adult to supervise them must have their parent/guardian fill out the registration packet prior to their arrival.

COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Restrictions: For now, we are open Monday-Thursday from 4:15 to 7:15 PM, and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the GCCC. Participants must make reservations to attend specific days; they will not be let into the building if they did not make a reservation. All participants and staff must wear masks and must stay six feet apart from others when possible. To reserve your spot, click here.


Program Coordinator

Katherine Harvey –

Katherine grew up in the Peak to Peak and spent her childhood raising chickens, reading fantasy books, and riding her horse with Gilpin’s 4-H Club. She has worked in youth development since she was sixteen, starting at TEENS, Inc. in Nederland. She spent two years in Denver at the state health department, a summer in Wyoming at a Boys and Girls Club, and used to work the front desk at the Gilpin County Community Center. In December 2019, she wrote the grant application to start EAGLE.

Katherine has a BA in English but is more likely to tell you about her certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and a Positive Youth Development trainer. Outside of work, she serves as an officer on Gilpin County’s Public Health Advisory Board, is plodding through grad school, and otherwise spends her time backpacking, baking, or hanging with her donkey.

Program Assistant

Cassidy Wood –

Cassidy spent most of her youth in Gilpin County. She loved (and still loves) bike riding, camping, skiing, and many more outdoor activities. Cassidy is new to working with youth development but is learning quick and finding much joy in it. She now attends Gilpin High School and spends most of her free time doing cheerleading as well as spending time with her family. 

Leadership team

The EAGLE Youth Leadership Team is recruited on a semester basis and is composed of Gilpin youth ages 12-17. The leadership team receives a stipend at the end of the semester for their work in planning, advising, participating in, and advertising EAGLE.

Current leadership team

We have 10 folks on our team for the spring 2021 semester and meet virtually, with leaders from 5 grades, 3 schools, and a wide variety of interests. Thanks for all you do, Kari, Robert, Jiselle, Liam, Aucklynn, Will, Madison, Lili, Brian, and Emma!

Open positions

There are currently no openings. We may recruit new members for the fall 2021 semester and will post positions here as they become available.


We’re lucky to be a part of a network of mountain folks that serve young people! We partner with organizations and individuals to offer a variety of activities, field trips, and opportunities for EAGLE participants. Some of our partners include:

If you are interested in partnering with us to bring more opportunities to Gilpin youth, please email Katherine:

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