Youth Initiative

DCYI_Final_LogoAfter a deliberate and thoughtful planning process by the Partnership of Douglas County Governments, the Youth Initiative got rolling in September 2005 as a method of coordinating local youth-serving efforts and assessing the needs of youngest residents.  The Youth Initiative is a collaborative project among Douglas County government, the Douglas County School District, the City of Lone Tree, the Town of Castle Rock, the Town of Parker, the Library District, and the Highlands Ranch Metro District.

What’s New

Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards – Nominations for 2015 Outstanding Youth Awards

The Youth Award is an award that recognizes teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives. The awards program provides business, community and civic leaders an opportunity to actively demonstrate their belief in and support for the young people in our community.  Teens need recognition and support. In these days when much of the press about teenagers is negative, this Youth Award focuses on teenagers who have triumphed over great odds and serve as inspirations and role models. If you know young people who would be good candidates for the Youth Award, please help us identify them by completing the nomination form. The Mission of the Youth Award is to identify and recognize 10 teenagers who reside in Douglas County, who have overcome obstacles and risen to challenges life has presented.

The Youth Award is unique because it recognizes youth who have overcome difficult situations in their lives by making positive changes and by exhibiting strength and determination in the face of adversity. The young people we recognize have had a positive influence on themselves and those around them and often have not had any official recognition.  This one-of-a-kind award encompasses all youth: youth who have not finished school, youth in traditional classroom settings, youth in group homes, youth in alternative schools, youth in foster homes and emancipated youth.  In describing your nominee, please be specific as to why you think your nominee should receive this award.

Award Nomination Form
If you know of a student that fits this criteria, please complete the nomination form and submit no later than March 27.

Award Recipient Reception
Recipients and their families and nominators will be invited to a dessert reception to be announced at a later date.

For questions or more information please contact Marsha Alston at 330.688.4825, 5327 or


The Douglas County Youth Initiative envisions a community in which youth are involved, valued, productive, protected and healthy.


Our mission is to unite the Douglas County community, including youth, parents, agencies, governments, schools, nonprofits and other adults, in our mutual efforts to:

  • Collaborate effectively as a seamless continuum of services.
  • Advocate for system improvements that will better serve youth and families of Douglas County.
  • Support youth and encourage their contributions to the broader community.
  • Effectively intervene with youth who are endangered by their decisions and/or situation.
  • Support and expand opportunities for youth to express viewpoints.
  • Support parents with resources, education and unconditional care.

Questions?  Call Marsha Alston, Youth Services Program Manager at 303.688.4825 ext 5327 or e-mail at