We believe in the right and need for all young people to achieve the American Dream.

We’ll be updating this page soon with more resources and information on organizations that address economic inequality and lift families and teens out of poverty.

YCD Workshops on Economic Inequality

Below is a sampling of workshops YCD has offered at prior conferences and events around the issues of economic inequality. Click on any workshop title to read more about the session, the presenter, and reviews from our participants.

The American Dream: How do You Fit In?

A group of students play a game to understand the challenges facing low-income families.

In this workshop we will explore privilege, and the many levels of privilege that we may have, by playing, “The American Dream” game. After playing the game, students will have a discussion around privilege, how you use it to help yourself and how can you use it to help others.

Deconstructing Identity

What are the components of your identity?  How does this compare to others, and what can we learn by understanding the different components of our identities?  Join this workshop to explore these questions and more in an interactive format.

How to Survive When You Go Homeless

A student listens to a speaker talk about becoming homeless and how to survive.

If you were to go homeless, how would you survive?  What would you include in your backpack? What would you keep and what would you need to leave behind?  Where would you eat and how can you make sure you get nutritional balance?  How would you make friends?

We will teach participants what is involved in homelessness for a deeper understanding of this marginalized and misunderstood population.

There is No Racism Problem in America

For the last 23 years Joe has consistently received excellent ratings from those who attended this workshop.  Here are some reactions:  “Freaking awesome!”  “What an eye-opening experience”  “Turned my life around”  You will hear a brutally honest presentation about racism, stereotypes, bullying, leadership, political correctness, family, education, beliefs and more.  Recommended for those who truly celebrate diversity.

Youth Homelessness: Why are You not at Home?

Two students engaged in a discussion.

Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization that provides full services for youth ages 15-24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. After an overview of homelessness in Colorado, a panel of young people currently experiencing homelessness will share their personal stories about the barriers, struggles, and victories they encounter on a daily basis.  They will also provide suggestions on what you can do to assist teens who may find themselves in similar situations.