What is a high school diversity conference?
We bring students together from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to share ideas in a cooperative atmosphere.
Throughout the conference day, students and faculty advisors hear from a keynote speaker, participate in discussion groups led by trained student facilitators, attend two workshops of their choice and make a plan to improve their local school or community.
We believe that through dialogue and collaborative learning experiences, students can address the social issues affecting their schools and communities in a positive manner, and through these experiences become empowered to take action.
Our programs are 100% youth-led.
All the topics and issues discussed at our conferences come from each event’s Executive Committee made up of 20-some teenagers from participating schools. Each Committee is open to any student interested and willing to take a leadership role organizing the event.
Our programs address any topic affecting a student’s ability to achieve.
We are committed to providing information, workshops and resources on any topic that might impact a student’s ability to achieve academically or socially, both in and out of the school setting, including:
- Race, ethnicity, and culture
- Gender, feminism and masculinity
- Sexual orientation and information for LGBTQ+ students
- Immigration and refugees
- Politics and student activism
- Economic inequality
- Religion and interfaith dialogue
- Disabilities and abilities
- Healthy relationships
- Mental wellness
- Conflict resolution
Interested in bringing a high school diversity conference to your local community? Check out our schedule of events below, sign up for our mailing list to stay in touch, or contact us to discuss how YCD can help your school and community.
While YCD’s programs have historically taken place in Colorado and New Mexico, we are actively working to expand the YCD model throughout the region and country. We are especially interested to make new connections in Arizona, California, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. If you want to get involved with our organization, reach out to discuss how to bring YCD to your state.
Upcoming Programs and Events
We are currently assessing the viability of our programs for in-person meetings and conferences during the 2020-21 school year in light of COVID-19. Where in-person meetings are not possible, we hope to launch virtual programs to support students in their work to make schools safe for everyone.
For now, we have removed the list of upcoming events and programs—but we’re committed to continuing the work of YCD over the coming school year, and will be posting updated information as soon as it becomes available. Check back on this website for the latest updates as the situation evolves, or feel free to contact us with any questions.