Join us for the inaugural Colorado Summit on Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities!
This event is built on YCD’s model of bringing together students and teachers from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to build community, spark dialogue, and initiate positive change in Colorado’s schools and communities. The Summit will focus exclusively on topics of interest to student athletes, coaches, and extracurricular program participants, and how to make these sports and programs more inclusive across the state.
The conference will take place in Colorado Springs, making the venue accessible to urban and rural schools alike.
Due to COVID-19, the Summit is currently on hiatus until the situation has improved. This program will be rescheduled once the health situation makes that possible. In the meantime, we invite you to explore it in more detail below, and to contact us with any questions.
The conference changes dynamically each year under the guidance of the Student Executive Team, a group of some twenty students from across Colorado who volunteer their time, select workshop topics and speakers, and undergo a deeper exploration of diversity and social issues leading up to the Summit.
Specific to student athletes and extracurricular activity participants, our goals are to:
- Promote diversity and understanding within and among students attending Colorado’s public and private high schools;
- Focus on any issue that might impact a student’s ability to achieve academically or socially, both in and out of the school setting;
- Provide an opportunity for students from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to share ideas in a cooperative atmosphere;
- Establish a supportive network of students, faculty and administrators committed to carrying out these goals; and
- Empower participants to speak out or take action in their local schools and communities and increase tolerance and appreciation of diversity.
Who Should Attend
The Colorado Summit on Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities is open to all high school students and supportive teachers/adults from across Colorado. We welcome people from all backgrounds to join us.
In particular, this event is a great opportunity for students involved with these sports or activities through their schools:
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
- Speech and Debate
- Student Leadership
Note each group is required to be chaperoned by at least one adult or teacher, who we call their “faculty advisor.” This adult is responsible for registering the school to attend, resolving payment and chaperoning the group on the day of the event. As the conference date nears, we will collect names and workshop choices from individual attendees.
As part of YCD’s commitment to empowering students to improve their local schools and communities, our program now asks all participating schools and youth organizations to brainstorm, conduct and report on a project after the conference.
We provide each school group with time at the end of the event to meet and discuss what they experienced throughout the day, but more importantly to brainstorm a project or activities inspired by the conference. These projects can take a variety of forms and should be determined by the students of each school.
Some examples and ideas include:
- Bringing in a guest speaker and inviting others throughout the school to an upcoming club meeting
- Conducting a community service project
- Watching a film that highlights issues relevant to students, followed by a discussion
- Passing new resolutions at a Student Council meeting
- Meeting with school or local government officials to advocate for changes needing support from administration
- Starting a diversity club
- Hosting a diversity conference for the school’s entire student body
- Creating a skit on a social issue and performing for local middle or elementary school students
- Or any other project you can think of!
We will ask each school attending the Summit to report back on their plan within 6 weeks after the conference. YCD can assist schools with finding appropriate guest speakers, connecting you to local organizations, or even providing microgrants for costs involved with the project. Once the project is completed, we also ask for your group to conduct some form of evaluation to measure the impact or outcome of the initiative.
If you have any questions or concerns about this empowerment project requirement for attending the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you’re ready to reserve your spot at the Colorado Summit on Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities, head over to register here.