Elycia Cook: Chief Executive Officer
Denver, CO – Colorado community leader Elycia Cook has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.
She has more than 15 years of positive youth development and nonprofit leadership experience and an extensive background as a committed volunteer, community advocate, and board member. She brings unique and progressive experience in youth programs, fundraising, marketing, and community work focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. In taking this new role, Cook becomes the first Black CEO in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado’s 100+ year history.
Since 2011, Cook led a prominent Denver peer-to-peer mentoring organization, FRIENDS FIRST, as CEO. The FRIENDS FIRST mission is to educate and mentor teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships. Prior to FRIENDS FIRST, Cook was a Program Director for Hope Worldwide, managing a tutoring and mentoring program for under-resourced students in a predominantly Latinx community within the Denver Public School district.
Since 1918, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has operated under the belief that all youth can achieve their full potential with the right guidance and support. The mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado helps children achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoid risky behaviors, educational success, and lifelong well-being. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity in meaningful partnership with youth mentees, parents/guardians, volunteers, local communities, and caring philanthropists.