Youth Celebrate Diversity is dedicated to educating and empowering in order to advance equity for all.

We do this by fostering conferences, workshops, conversations and experiences around human diversity for high school and college-aged youth.  See below for our calendar of upcoming programs and events.

Mountain West Diversity Conference

Our newest program, the first annual Mountain West Diversity Conference will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017. This event is built on the highly successful model used by the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, and we invite all Western Slope high school students and supportive faculty advisors to join us for this inaugural year!

Similar to the Cherry Creek event, conference participants will hear from a keynote speaker, participate in discussion groups, attend two workshops of their choice and plan with their schools on how to make their schools or communities a better place for everyone.

While most people associate the word ‘diversity’ with ethnicity or race, the conference deals a wide range of topics including cliques, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental challenges, multicultural art and music, socioeconomic concerns, and teenage social problems.

Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers

Youth Celebrate Diversity is pleased to invite the hard-working teachers of Colorado to the second annual Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers, taking place on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

This all-day event:

  • provides in-depth training and workshops focused on how teachers can translate their desire to celebrate diversity into actionable plans in the classroom, around the school and throughout the community
  • features Maria Salazar, Associate Professor of Education from the University of Denver, where she focuses on transformative teacher preparation and culturally responsive teaching
  • qualifies for a 1/2 CDE credit
  • takes place on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver, centrally located downtown
  • includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch and afternoon snack
  • costs practicing teachers just $20 to attend—a 90% discount—thanks to the fundraising done by the YCD Board of Directors!

25th Anniversary Celebration

Youth Celebrate Diversity and its Board of Directors are pleased to invite you to this celebration of 25 years of the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference and its impact throughout Colorado and beyond!

In 1994, Janet Sammons, a history and social studies teacher at Cherry Creek High School, noticed teens across the state were dealing with the same issues and problems, but many times did not have the resources or knowledge to address their concerns. Eighteen schools gathered for the first Cherry Creek Diversity Conference that year; word quickly spread across the state; and 25 years later well over 22,000 high school students and teachers have participated in this unique event.

Join us for this commemorative occasion where you will:

  • Hear from keynote speaker Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in Arkansas in 1957, as she shares her personal experiences as a Civil Rights trailblazer and speaks about why diversity events like the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference are needed now more than ever
  • Enjoy a first-class dinner served by one of Denver’s finest catering companies at the unique and beautiful venue Cielo at Castle Pines
  • Bid on auction items such as courtside Denver Nuggets tickets, luxury spa packages, high-end wine, and more
  • Reconnect with friends from past Executive Committees
  • Most importantly, guarantee the future of Youth Celebrate Diversity and the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference

Rocky Mountain Diversity Fair

Modeled upon a typical college fair, the Rocky Mountain Diversity Fair includes not only colleges and universities, but also non-profit organizations, private corporations, the military and others. Our goal is to offer Colorado teenagers a multitude of options and ideas for their next steps upon graduation from high school.

Unlike a typical college fair, our event asks the exhibitors to specifically share what their schools and organizations are doing to support diversity and inclusion. We invite each college or university to bring not only admission representatives, but also their diversity officer or team to speak directly with high school students about the culture on their campus and in their student body.

Cherry Creek Diversity Conference

The premier event of YCD, the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference is the largest diversity event for high school students in Colorado.  Held annually in January, high school students and supportive faculty advisors attend each year to learn about and celebrate diversity, but more importantly to be inspired to make a difference in their local school or community.

At the conference participants hear from a keynote speaker, participate in discussion groups, attend two workshops of their choice and plan with their schools on how to incorporate what they’ve learned into their communities.

While most people associate the word ‘diversity’ with ethnicity or race, the conference deals a wide range of topics including cliques, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental challenges, multicultural art and music, socioeconomic concerns, and teenage social problems.

The conference started in 1994 under the leadership of Janet Sammons, now Chair of the Board of Directors for Youth Celebrate Diversity, when 18 schools gathered for what has grown into the largest diversity event for teenagers in Colorado.  In 2017 the conference celebrated its 24th anniversary with 90 schools and over 1,100 students and teachers in attendance.

Custom Trainings and Workshops

Want to bring YCD to your school or community? Contact us to discuss opportunities in hosting workshops, conferences, events and more that will build diversity appreciation and education in your local community.