Student Leadership Bootcamp

Join us for training on how to be an effective student leader of an inclusion and justice club!

You’re invited to YCD’s first-ever Student Leadership Bootcamp, taking place on Saturday, November 11, 2023!

This unique training is for youth who want to learn the skills needed to lead an inclusion and justice club. Whether you participate in a diversity club, GSA, affinity group or student council, this is the perfect training to hone your skills and become an inclusive leader. You’ll also get an opportunity to meet youth from other parts of Colorado doing similar work. Sign up today before this training reaches capacity!

This training is being offered free of charge for all youth and adult advisors/mentors thanks a generous grant from The Colorado Health Foundation!

Who Should Attend

This training is meant for youth in high school, as well as their faculty advisors/adult mentors. We are also happy to welcome 8th graders interested in learning these skills.

Note you do not need to be an elected leader in order to attend! Even if you are not currently a leader in your group, you are welcome to participate and learn the skills you’ll need to lead in the future! You also do not need to be part of an existing group; come to this training as a start to creating a new group.

We especially encourage leadership teams (co-chairs, presidents, vice presidents, officers, and adult sponsors/advisors) to attend as a group.


Below is an overview of the schedule for the Student Leadership Bootcamp. Click on any timeslot to expand and learn more about that portion of the day. You can also download a printable version of the day’s schedule here.

Arrival and Parking / 10:00 – 10:25 am

We have purposefully planned for this Bootcamp to start later in the day to allow for participants from across Colorado enough time to drive in the morning. Parking will be free for participants (covered by YCD!) on the University of Denver’s campus; specific details will be shared at a later date closer to the event.

Breakfast / 10:00 – 10:30 am

A free, light continental breakfast of bagels, muffins, fruit and yogurt will be available for everyone.

Welcome and Opening Session / 10:30 – 11:15 am

We’ll kick of the Bootcamp by grounding ourselves in our purpose and why working for inclusion and justice is important to each of us. We’ll also do some activities for participants to get to know each other and make bonds with other youth working for inclusion and justice across Colorado!

DEIJ Core Concepts for Leaders / 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Any person to work for inclusion and justice must be well-versed in DEIJ core concepts, including identity, privilege, and intersectionality. We’ll do a variety of activities to explore and understand their issues, and how they impact our leadership in youth-led clubs.

Lunch / 12:15 – 12:40 pm

A free lunch will be provided for all attendees! We take special precautions for anyone with a dietary restriction.

Workshop A / 12:45 – 1:30 pm

Each attendee will go to a series of four workshops, each of them being 45 minutes:

  • DEIJ Core Concepts for Leaders, part 2
  • Preparing for and Leading Successful Meetings
  • Making Decisions through Consensus
  • Managing Conflict and Holding Peers Accountable
Workshop B / 1:35 – 2:20 pm

Everyone attends a second workshop. See Workshop A for the list of topics.

Workshop C / 2:25 – 3:10 pm

Everyone attends a third workshop. See Workshop A for the list of topics.

Workshop D / 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Everyone attends a fourth workshop. See Workshop A for the list of topics.

Closing Session and Q&A / 4:05 – 4:30 pm

After a day of training and discussions, we’ll reconvene as a large group to reflect on what we’ve learned and make plans for the future. We’ll also have Q&A with each of our presenters. You will leave this training ready to take your youth-led club or group to the next level!

Venue and Directions

The 2023 Student Leadership Bootcamp will be hosted by the University of Denver in Sturm Hall, which is located south of Asbury Avenue between University and High Street in Denver. Get directions on Google Maps.

Parking fees at the University of Denver will be covered by YCD as part of the training! Download parking directions here.


Online registration for this event is now closed. If you didn’t register in time, you can still join us at the event and register on-site! Contact us with any questions.


Have questions? Contact YCD”s Executive Director, Caleb Munro, at or (720) 507-0746.