I have had the honor and privilege of working with many young people in my career as a teacher for 16 years, and now as the Director of Education with Mountain Youth. Charlie Callis stands out amongst so many of these young people because of their magnetic personality and ability to connect with just about anyone. When they interact with people they really know how to ‘listen to respond’, and they are truly present in the conversation. Not many people possess this combination of skills.
Charlie believes that the biggest need for the youth in our community is mental health support. They feel that growing up in this somewhat isolated and secluded valley often means that kids need more mental health support and resources. Charlie’s main piece of advice would be: “Don’t be afraid of who you are, express yourself freely, and don’t worry too much about what others think of you”. One of Charlie’s biggest supporters has been his mom, and she is the reason that Charlie became interested in the medical field after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Eagle County is a better place thanks to Charlie; their leadership and contributions help to make this community great.