Youth Development

Youth Celebrate Diversity

Greenwood Village, CO


Youth Celebrate Diversity creates eye-opening experiences for high school youth to explore and address pressing social issues in their school, on their campus and throughout their community. Our vision is that one day, every teen in America will feel safe to achieve in school, no matter who they are. Following 20 successful years of the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference held annually in Denver, Colorado, YCD was created in 2014 to replicate this model for young people across the country, by creating state and regional conferences for high school and college-aged youth that celebrate human diversity and provide students with an opportunity to share ideas on how to improve their local school or community in a cooperative atmosphere.

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Caleb Munro

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PO Box 5350

Greenwood Village, CO 80155 USA


diversity, inclusion, equity, teenage social problems





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Cherry Creek Diversity Conference

Mountain West Diversity Conference

Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers

New Mexico Diversity Conference

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YCD empowers youth to become leaders and speak out or take action in their local schools and communities and increase appreciation of human diversity. Read more about our organization's goals and purposes below.

1. Creating state and regional conferences for high school and college-aged youth that celebrate human diversity and provide students with an opportunity to share ideas relating to human diversity in a cooperative atmosphere.

2. Providing information, workshops and resources on any issue relating to human diversity that might impact a student's ability to achieve academically or socially, both in and out of the school setting.

3. Establishing a supportive network of youth, teachers, educational administrators and community partners committed to celebrating human diversity in an educational setting.

4. Empowering youth to become leaders and speak out or take action in their local schools and communities and increase appreciation of human diversity.

5. Providing teachers and educational administrators with resources and tools to incorporate diversity-related topics, issues and lessons into school curriculum.

We bring together high school students and supportive faculty advisors to learn about and celebrate diversity, but more importantly to be inspired to make a difference in their local school or community.

Our events are open to anyone who is interested, and their is no application or requirements to be involved. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach capacity.

YCD conferences for teens feature workshops and topics chosen by a student Executive Committee, so that all programming is student-driven and relevant to the teenage audience attending our events. This Executive Committee meets weekly for several months leading up to the event, and is also open to anyone interested.

For the conference day, we employ a unique registration process that does not allow two people from the same school to attend the same discussion group or workshop. This allows a school group to spread its members among many different workshop topics and gain as much information as possible, but more importantly helps draw students out of their shell, since no one in the room knows each other prior to the event. This unique strategy leads to a dynamic environment where everyone is free to speak their mind and share without worry about repercussions once they've left the event.

Finally, we provide schools time at the end of the day to gather their groups back and discuss all of the exciting experiences they've had throughout the day, as well as a discussion on how to take what they've learned back to their local community, and make a positive difference.

The Cherry Creek Diversity Conference is the premier event of YCD and has been running for 24 years, since its inception in 1994, and has reached capacity every year for the past 20 years. We utilize this event to drive most of our goals and efforts to impact change.

Starting in 2017, YCD built on this success with an additional regional diversity conference for the Western Slope of Colorado, to enable teens from across the mountains to join in this unique event. Too often these schools have been prevented from attending in the past due to time, distance or weather considerations.

YCD launched its annual Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers in 2016, which features a full-day continuing education opportunity for educators to become diversity leaders within their schools and communities.

Finally, in 2017 our organization hired its first full-time Executive Director to ramp up engagement with diversity issues across the schools of Colorado. With this hire, we aim to increase our digital capabilities for those unable to join our events, and to provide evergreen resources that can be used year-round by teachers around the country interested in making their schools safe for everyone.

On an individual event scale, we diligently measure success of each of our events through surveys and questionnaires, both on-site and after the event, to monitor effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.

On a larger scale, we have seen a steady increase in demand for our programs and services from schools, teachers and students year on year, and our events typically fill to capacity weeks or even months in advance. This has led us to create additional events to compensate for the added demand of our programs.

Finally, we track the creation of diversity clubs and other initiatives at our participating schools to see the impact of our events months after the fact.

Our statewide event, the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, has been a rousing success, entering its 25th year in 2018 and reaching capacity at over 1,100 participants each year for the past 20 years. This accomplishment has led us to create regional conferences modeled off of this unique event, starting in 2017.

YCD is continually improving its website to become a digital hub for all things diversity in high school and college. This will include resources on how to start a diversity club, ideas to keep the club going strong, a lesson plan archive for teachers aiming to inject diverse topics into their daily teaching, and more.

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
YCD strives to maintain a diverse Board of Directors, and this effort is enshrined in our Bylaws given the importance of diversity to the mission of our organization. Our organization only has one employee, so there is a challenge in achieving diversity goals in such a small organization. However, leaders among our volunteers, contractors and partners are selected with diversity in mind. We are also intentional in recruiting a diverse cohort of student leaders for our Executive Committee and other youth leaders involved in our programs.