The program, which unites high school students from throughout Douglas County with area civic leaders, gives teens an opportunity learn how the legislative process works.
“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 and Board Chair Lora Thomas. “It’s a chance to work side by side with area civic leaders and potentially influence local and statewide public policy impacting youth.”
Each year the topics change for attendees but the constant is that the issues are ones that affect the lives of Douglas County youths.
The program is about teenagers trying to solve teenager problems and helping find creative solutions for topics such as behavioral health, teen drug and alcohol abuse and more.
Students and legislators will work together in the spirit of creating positive change. Attendees work in small groups of 10 students and three civic leaders ranging from County employees to local legislators to town council members, and have the opportunity to share their ideas and present them at the end of the day.
Online registrations are now being accepted for this year’s Youth Congress, which will take place from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax in Denver. Lunch will be 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 Marsha Alston, Youth Services Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-814-5327
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