Join us for YCD’s upcoming workshops designed for the youth of Colorado.

We’re excited to be offering students and teachers the ability to continue exploring social issues and diversity at one of our upcoming workshops this Spring 2018.  See below for a list of events; more details will be added for each workshop as it is finalized.

An Evening with The Newcomers

YCD was thrilled to welcome over 900 people to hear from author Helen Thorpe for a discussion of her new book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom.

A packed audience of 900 comes to hear from Helen Thorpe and refugee students.

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. We also heard from a panel of refugee students on their experiences before they came to Colorado, and how they adjusted to life here now.

A panel of refugee students addresses the audience to share their experiences.

Thank you to the Denver South PTSA for co-sponsoring this event with us, and making it such a success!

The Intersection of Religion, Family and Sexuality

YCD and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado presented a workshop exploring the intersection of religion, family and sexuality. We heard from author Amber Cantorna, the daughter of an executive at Focus on the Family and who came out as a lesbian at age 27, about her experience reconciling her sexuality and spirituality, and then had a dynamic group discussion through Q&A.

Amber Cantorna speaks with Rev. Amanda Henderson, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

The #MeToo Movement and Teen Relationships

Join YCD and The Blue Bench for a group workshop on the #MeToo movement and how it impacts teen culture and relationships.

In the era of #MeToo, many of us – survivors and supporters alike – wonder what we can do to change cultural norms around sexual violence. We all want to be a part of the solution, and we can prevent sexual assault by becoming active bystanders when we notice sexually inappropriate and violent behaviors happening around us. Join us for a workshop to build knowledge and skills to recognize and challenge rape culture in our communities!

The event is free and open to all high school students and supportive teachers. We welcome and encourage the participation of all genders and gender identities.

This event will take place at DSST: Conservatory Green High School starting at 6:00pm.  Please RSVP in order to attend this event, either by using Facebook or by emailing