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.

An Evening with The Newcomers

Join YCD and author Helen Thorpe for a discussion of her new book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. Helen joined a class of refugee students at Denver South High School for a year to learn about their backgrounds, why they came to the United States and how they adjust to life in Colorado. Join us to hear from Helen as well as current refugee students about their experience.

The event is co-sponsored by the Denver South PTSA and will take place at Denver South High School at 7pm. More information, including tickets, can be found here on the Denver South PTSA website.

The Intersection of Religion, Family and Sexuality

YCD and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado are excited to present a workshop exploring the intersection of religion, family and sexuality. Join us for a talk with author Amber Cantorna, the daughter of an executive at Focus on the Family and who came out as a lesbian at age 27. We’ll collectively explore how religion and family dynamics can create positive and negative forces in LGBTQ teens’ lives.

The #MeToo Movement and Teen Relationships

YCD will host an event exploring the #MeToo movement and how it affects teenagers today. We’re still finalizing details so stay tuned and watch this space for more information!

Mountain West Diversity Conference

The second annual Mountain West Diversity Conference will tentatively take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018. We invite all Western Slope high school students and supportive faculty advisors to join us for this unique experience!

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 third annual Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers, taking place on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

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
  • qualifies for a 1/2 CDE credit
  • 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!

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 or early February, 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 2018 the conference celebrated its 25th anniversary with 103 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.