YCD Colorado

YCD Colorado supports high school teens and educators exploring identity, educating their peers and themselves, and making Colorado schools inclusive for all.

Started in 1994 as the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference with just 18 schools attending, today YCD Colorado reaches over 1,100 teens and educators in 185+ schools and youth organizations annually across the state through our program.

YCD Colorado now offers a mixture of virtual and in-person events, workshops, trainings, discussion groups, and resources to empower Colorado teens and educators to advance inclusion and justice in their local school and community.

Students and educators can sign up for YCD Colorado here.

Check out more information about YCD Colorado below, and if you have questions, please contact us!

YCD Colorado is proudly presented by

RBC Wealth Management

And thank you to our platinum sponsors

Boeing
Cherry Creek Schools

Register Your School or Organization

Ready to take action to make your school or community more inclusive? Register your school or organization for YCD Colorado today!

Registration gives your group access to all YCD activities in Colorado for the 2022-23 school year, including the Colorado Youth Diversity Conference, weekly activity plans, virtual discussion groups, webinars, and much more!

Videos

How to Start (or Improve) a Youth-Led Inclusion and Justice Club

Whether you are a student or teacher, whether you are just starting a club or group or have an existing one — YCD provides a helpful series of exercises and ideas so your group can organize, find resources, and create an action project to advance inclusion and justice.

Native Youth Activists Speak Out

In this video we hear from Mason Estes, Leala Pourier and Lily Joy Winder about their activism work to advance racial, indigenous and environmental justice, as well as a group conversation about what celebrating Indigenous People’s Day is about, how they spent the day, why it’s important, and why it should be much more than one day.

Understanding Youth Homelessness

In this webinar we explore what causes young people to become homeless in the first place, learn about their experiences while unhoused, and also discuss strategies that help young people find housing again.

Upcoming Events

Student Facilitator Training

Saturday, January 14, 2023 • Denver, CO

Student facilitators play a leadership role at YCD events throughout the school year, most notably at the Colorado Youth Diversity Conference.  Facilitators learn key skills including bonding, how to start a discussion, how to manage conflict, and much more — skills that will help them lead conversations on social change back in their clubs, schools, and communities.

After attending a mandatory training session, facilitators are paired and assigned discussion groups with approximately 20-25 students from around the state on the Conference day.  Discussions can include any number of topics, including an exploration of stereotypes, bias, social problems, and sharing solutions and ideas to make schools across Colorado safe for all identities.

Colorado Youth Diversity Conference

Saturday, January 28, 2023 • Denver, CO

The highlight of our program in the state, the Colorado Youth Diversity Conference brings together over 1,100 teens and educators from 100+ schools and organizations annually to grow their skills and knowledge to advance inclusion and social justice.

Partners, Allies and Accomplices

YCD is proud to work with dozens of local, authentic non-profit organizations and community groups to provide workshops and education for our programs. Below is a representative list of the organizations involved with YCD Colorado recently.

Creative Strategies for Change
Black Actors Guild
Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Art from Ashes
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado
Building Bridges
ADL
ACLU of Colorado

Participating Schools and Organizations

Map of the US with hundreds of red placemarkers.

Check out the list of 185 schools and youth organizations that have participated in YCD Colorado activities in recent years!

Donations and Sponsorship

The YCD Colorado Student Board is working hard to plan events for the 2022-23 school year, but could use your support. We need to raise a total of $25,000 from the community to make this program a success. Please consider a donation or sponsorship to support these teens’ efforts.

Donations

Individuals may donate online using the form below. Donations will be directed specifically to support this program.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available for businesses and organizations at a wide variety of levels and come with significant benefits to show attendees your support of their cause:

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000+

  • Linked logo/sponsorship mention in monthly emails to 1,000+ program faculty advisors and participants, throughout the school year
  • Full-page advertisement in the Conference program distributed to all participants
  • Tour during Conference day by student co-chairs
  • Info table for participants to browse during arrival
  • Signage for Opening/Closing Ceremonies
  • Prominent display of linked logo on Conference website
  • Mention of sponsorship over YCD social media channels

Gold Sponsor: $1,000+

  • Full-page advertisement in the Conference program distributed to all participants
  • Info table for participants to browse during arrival
  • Display of linked logo on Conference website
  • Mention of sponsorship over YCD social media channels

Silver Sponsor: $500+

  • Half-page advertisement in the Conference program distributed to all participants
  • Info table for participants to browse during arrival
  • Invitation to attend Opening Ceremonies
  • Display of logo on Conference website

Bronze Sponsor: $250+

  • Quarter-page advertisement in the Conference program distributed to all participants
  • Invitation to attend Opening Ceremonies
  • Mention on Conference website

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, or to make your pledge, please contact us.

Contact Info

For more information about the YCD Colorado Student Board, contact either organizer for the program:

Mason Estes

Mason Estes

Organizer – YCD Colorado
Denver, Colorado
(720) 933-0929
mestes@ycdiversity.org

Dr. Kinette Richards

Kinette Richards

Organizer – YCD Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
(720) 747-3112
krichards@ycdiversity.org

For questions about registration, payment, or anything else, contact YCD’s Executive Director:

Caleb Munro

Caleb Munro

Executive Director
Denver, Colorado
(720) 507-0746
cmunro@ycdiversity.org