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Are you in high school and want a legislative leadership opportunity?

Teenagers attending a legislative session and presentation information at the Colorado State Capital

High school students from throughout Douglas County are invited to connect with area civic leaders and other teens while learning how to think critically about issues relevant to them and then address an audience of community leaders.

“Youth Congress is the perfect opportunity for students to have their voices heard and see that they can make a difference through collaborative problem solving and the sharing of ideas,” said Commissioner Abe Laydon. “It’s a chance to work side by side with area civic leaders and potentially influence local and statewide public policy impacting youth.”

The topics available for participants to tackle change each year, but the issues are always things that affect the lives of Douglas County youth.

The program empowers teenagers from all walks of life to help solve teenager problems by finding creative solutions to topics such as mental health resources, parent education, transportation and more.

During Youth Congress, students, legislators and community leaders work together in the spirit of creating positive change. Participants work in small groups of 10 students and three civic leaders, ranging from County employees to local legislators to town council members, and at the end of the day share their ideas and present them to the full group.

Register online for this year’s Youth Congress. It will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 at the State Capitol in Denver. Lunch is provided and buses from Legend High School and Highlands Ranch High School will be available for those needing transportation to and from the event.

For more information, please click here or contact Youth Services Program Manager, Marsha Alston at [email protected] or 303.814.5327.

Youth Congress is one of three cornerstones of the Douglas County Youth Initiative, which also offers the Douglas County Youth Awards and the Wraparound program.

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