ACMCYA

The Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award (ACMCYA) is a program that recognizes youth in grades 6-12 who have overcome personal adversity to create positive change in their lives and communities. This program provides businesses, the community, and civic leaders an opportunity to actively demonstrate their support for the young people in all of our communities and recognize them for their accomplishments.

ACMCYA focuses on teenagers who have triumphed over great odds and serve as inspirations and role models for their peers. These youth have overcome a variety of hardships and are ready to soar.  The program helps those who need our support to believe in themselves and gain the recognition they deserve in the eyes of their family and their community. For more information please contact Abby Martinez. Nominations will be due in January.

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Shane Brashers of Brighton recognized as an Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards 2020 winner

The Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award (ACMCYA) program recognizes teenagers in grades 6 through 12 who have overcome personal adversity to create positive change in their lives and with those around them.  

The Youth Award focuses on teenagers who have triumphed over great odds and serve as inspirations and role models for their peers.  These are youth that have handled a variety of hardships and are ready to soar.  The program helps those who need our support believe in themselves and gain the recognition they deserve in the eyes of their family and their community.

Every year the ACMCYA committee gets together and chooses 20-22 nominees from a pool of over 100 nominations from across Adams County. A lot of these stories are heartbreaking and heartwarming as well. It is a very difficult decision for the committee to choose only 22 nominees. These awardees are contacted and then recognized at both a local and countywide dinner. The City of Brighton was lucky to have recognized their nominees at a dinner/city council event before the outbreak of the 2020 pandemic. Friends and family gathered to share this special moment with their nominee and later that evening, Brighton’s Mayor Greg Mills and city council recognized these young people at a council meeting. Shane Brashers was among the 11 Brighton nominees at this event. He was also later named a winner of the countywide award.

In years past, the countywide winners and their family were recognized at a dinner where the ACMCYA committee and a special guest speaker were present. Because of the current pandemic situation, this dinner had to be canceled. However, the committee gathered all donations and trophies and sent out a special package to the 20 awardees. We wanted to let these young people know that we care and wanted to celebrate them! 

We’d like you to know a little about Brighton’s winner, Shane Brashers. Please take a moment and read about this special young man.

Shane Brashers is a 12th grader at Mapleton Early College High School. Shane has overcome adversity by overcoming his struggles with his self-image and learning how to deal with outbursts. Personal family tragedies have taught him to become a “beautiful butterfly”. Shane runs a club at school and leads Pick Me Up (a weekly assembly) for 260+ students, and student leadership groups.  He is a captain in the district JROTC program. For the past three years, he has volunteered once a week at Metro Caring (a foodbank). The people there say he does a great job and what a great difference he is making in the world. His teachers are all in awe of his growth and change. Shane is thankful for his brother for helping him overcome his past and believing to “never give up, better days will come.”

Shane Brashers, the City of Brighton and the ACMCYA committee salutes you! It is a pleasure to be on the Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards committee because of stories like this. It is wonderful to recognize these young people and to let them know that, as Shane would say, “never give up, better days will come.”

If you know of a young person that has overcome adversity, please note that nominations for 2021 ACMCYA will be available late fall of 2020.