Youth are creative people who keenly observe, deeply analyze, profusely express, and vigorously innovate. Recognizing and respecting the youth’s original and sophisticated ideas, Youth Creates opens a door to opportunities to share and to spark.
Youth Creates provides a welcoming platform for youth to express and showcase their creativity, be it artistic or scientific, inspirational or critical, humorous or solemn.
Youth Creates believes in giving back to the community. Youth Creates is committed to taking the initiative to lead youth to create values for the greater society.
Youth Creates strives to bring together youth’s ideas and corporate and community leaders’ guidance for boundless possibilities and tangible values.
Our executive team consists entirely of youths who believe in the potentials in youths’ inquisitive nature and innovative spirits. We are committed to promoting youth creativity and leading the efforts to turn the youths’ ingenuity into tangible values to society.
Founder & CEO
Stephen is a freshman at Cherry Creek High School in Colorado. Stephen strongly believes in the power and potential in youth’s unbridled imagination and invigorating ideas. With a passion to advocate for youth’s inspirations and initiatives and a vision to bridge these fresh apprehensions to actual realizations, Stephen has devoted much of his off-school time to promote youth’s original work and to coordinate corporate resources to help youth thrive. Stephen has endless energy and a great sense of humor. He loves math and is fascinated with history.
Derek Li is a junior student of Cherry Creek High School. Math, economics and computer science are his favorite subjects. Derek has participated in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club of Cherry Creek High School since 9th grade and has learned business-related knowledge through the comprehensive and wonderful activities provided by FBLA. Derek is excited to join Youth Creates, a company created by high school students and to work together, create together, enjoy the experience together and make a difference for our community together.
Abby McWhirter is currently a sophomore at Palmer Ridge High School. Apart from photography, Abby dances for the school dance team and participates in a variety of academic competitions and has founded a Middle Ground Club at her school. Abby is an avid learner who puts passion into everything she produces, and she does especially well in English and history. Abby is “so pumped” to be joining the Youth Creates so that she can help spread positivity and kindness through her and other’s creative photography.
Filming QA Director
Emma Lu is a junior at Kent Denver School. She has a strong passion for the Chinese language and the culture that it embodies. As a former student of Denver Chinese School, Emma continues to volunteer every week at the school with clubs and classes, becoming an essential element of the school’s success. Emma gained a great reputation and recognition for running camps over the summer, combining the Chinese language teaching with performing arts. Emma is also a dedicated member of Girl Scouts and volunteers with organizations throughout Denver with her troop.
Board of Advisors
Youth Creates has a dedicated team with strong and diverse leadership and genuine interest in supporting youths in their pursuit and development as Board of Advisors. Their guidance and support play a key role in Youth Creates’ success.
Ms. Shiou Jefferson, of Chinese descent, was born in North Korea. During the Korean War, Ms. Jefferson fled with her family to South Korea, where she attended high school. She then traveled to Taiwan and graduated from Taiwan Normal University. She taught in high schools in both Taiwan and South Korea for the next couple of years before studying and receiving a Business Degree from Kinki University, Japan. Two years later, Ms. Jefferson came to the United States of America and studied English at Denver University. During her time at DU, Ms. Jefferson decided to start her own business and has since been operating her own restaurant at Englewood, Colorado for more than 30 years. Ms. Jefferson is not only a successful businesswoman but also a dedicated leader who generously supports her community.
Joe Jefferson is a Colorado native who grew up in Englewood. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 2002 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver in 2008. He was the Principal Attorney of the Jefferson Legal Group, P.C. from 2009 to 2018. His family owns the Twin Dragon Restaurant, which has proudly served the Englewood community for over 40 years.
Joe Jefferson served on Englewood City Council from 2007 to 2018, representing Council District 1 and served as mayor from 2015 to 2018. Mayor Jefferson was the first know Chinese American mayor in Colorado history.
Judge Jefferson was elected Presiding Englewood Municipal Judge in November of 2017 as the only fully elected judge in Colorado and transitioned from mayor to presiding judge of the City of Englewood, Colorado in January of 2018.
Mr. Huiliang Liu is President and founder of Denver Chinese School. Since he founded the school with a single class in 1998, Mr. Liu has led a team of hundreds of volunteers, board members and committee members and worked vigorously in the past 20 years to steadily grow the school into the largest and most impactful Sunday Chinese school in Colorado with three campuses and over four hundred students.
Mr. Liu has also been instrumental in starting the annual Colorado Chinese New Year Celebration 16 years ago in 2003 and making it the largest and most influential annual Chinese American cultural event in Colorado with thousands of participants, extensive media coverages and great participation by prominent politicians and business leaders.
To recognize his outstanding contribution in promoting Chinese language and cultural education, Mr. Liu received the Outstanding Award of Oversee Chinese Language Education by the Chinese State Council and Oversee Chinese Education Association in 2014.
Mr. Liu has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Tsinghua University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. He is currently a Principal Transportation Planner and has worked with the City of Aurora, Planning Department since 1992.
Robert Bowen is technically retired but spends his time working on various community endeavors. He received his BA in History and Political Science at Metropolitan State University in 1971. In college, he initiated the movement to lower the voting age to Colorado to 18. He was instrumental in the passage of the bond issue, for now, the Auraria Higher Education Center.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Bowen had a career in business. He was one of the first to rehabilitate housing in several Denver neighborhoods including Highlands, Lincoln Park, Baker, and Curtis Park. His projects were recognized by the city and Historic Denver. He was the first developer in the Thornton City Center at 92nd and I-25. He also developed large projects in California and various states in the South; and ran a rubber recycling business. He was also a consultant to a large Chinese import-export company.
In addition to his business career, Robert served three terms in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1982-1988. Among his achievements was the bill that resulted in Denver’s Light Rail system; the Older Coloradans Act; mutual custody of children legislation; and the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. He also served on the Colorado Commission on Aging, the Colorado Blue Ribbon Diesel Commission, The Highway Legislation Review Commission, and committees of the National Conference of State Legislators.
Robert is honored to serve on the Advisory Board of Youth Creates because he believes our future is in good hands with today’s youth. He believes their talents need to be showcased and encouraged.
Sue Ann Burger
Mrs. Sue Ann Burger
Mrs. Sue Ann Burger brings a wealth of teaching experience to the Youth Creates program.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Gifted
Education. She has taught grades 1 through 8 in three states, including 15 years in the
Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. Mrs. Burger presently teaches English
courses at the Denver Chinese School. She is also a middle school math instructor at
St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, CO. In addition, she is an online English tutor for
children who live in China, and has recently taught at Ricks Center for Gifted Children on
the University of Denver campus. Her passion is working one-on-one with motivated
students. Her son is a news reporter in Grand Junction, CO and her daughter is a senior
at Baylor University in Texas. She lives with her husband, Kyle, and their two loyal
dogs, Moxi and Nike. Mrs. Burger is honored to have the opportunity to work with the
talented community of the Youth Creates organization.
Michael A. Huggins has helped numerous people rapidly pay off their debt, create more control over their investments, and substantially increase returns on the retirement accounts. He is a highly requested financial trainer, known nationwide. He is an international speaker and focuses on helping entrepreneurs to become their best selves. With his extensive knowledge on personal development, Michael has coached many into living the life they deserve. As one of the youngest leaders in his community, he has set the bar high for those following, and he will continue to push himself to be the best he can be. Michael has received personal training from well-known professionals like Mark Kohler, Garrett Gunderson, John C Maxwell, Bob Snyder, and Woody Woodward. He has been featured on the Dr. G and Kevin show and various entrepreneurial blogs. As a top income earner in the sales and marketing division of a world-class educational company, Michael was frustrated and fed up with the tough labor and low pay of his mechanic profession. He felt like he was going nowhere fast. Michael made a conscious decision in his life to master real estate and finance. As a result, his income multiplied tenfold in just a few short years. With many years of experience behind him, Michael has mastered the skills of running a successful marketing business. He now runs a team of 1400+ people and has had substantial growth over the last several years. This heightened income has allowed Michael to follow his dreams. He now has the time and freedom to tinker with race cars, travel the world and be with his family.
Zhu Xiao Di
Director Zhu Xiao Di
|Zhu Xiao Di is currently the Director at the International Leadership Foundation (ILF), a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the civic engagement, leadership empowerment, and economic prosperity of Asian Pacific Americans. Since he recently took over daily operational management he supervised overall programs and events planning and facilitated strategic planning with the Board of Directors and potential strategic partners and donors.|
|Previously working at the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation as Interim Director, he supervised staff in overall daily operations, including handling budgeting and financials. He also designed and executed the Ameson Year in China (AYC) program, sending almost 500 American college graduates to teach and study in China. The program obtained commending letters from more than 25 U.S. Senators and House Representatives.|
|As a graduate from MIT and a researcher at Harvard University for years, Zhu Xiao Di is a contributor to many academic books and journal articles, many of them have been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Atlantic Monthly. He has more than 20 years of executive and research experience, including using Census Bureau data American Housing Survey (AHS), BLS data Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), and FRB data Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) for 15 years analyzing issues relating to race, ethnic, and other populations in policymaking.|
Congratulations to former Youth Creates Advisor Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker!
Youth Creates is honored to have received plentiful guidance and support from former president of CSUGlobal, Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker. Her remarkable leadership for the youth team has been instrumental in Youth Creates’ directions and executions. Dr. Takeda-Tinker meets the team personally and helps analyze the team’s business priorities and execution strategies. She has been supportive in Youth Creates’ every step along the way, sharing her visions and offering advice. Youth Creates appreciates Dr. Takeda-Tinker’s leadership and congratulates on her new appointment to the Economic Development Commission. This new role would enable Dr. Takeda-Tinker to make a greater impact on the Colorado and youth!
Thank you, Dr. Takeda-Tinker!