Denver's Youth Agenda by huanghengdong


            Youth Agenda
         Advancing the
     Mayor’s Action Challenge
“Creating a coordinated plan for youth is not the culmination
 of the work, but the starting point of Denver’s unified efforts
  to improve the health, education, and safety of our youth.”
                     — Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper


            Health                                      Education


                               January 2010
                                                               the various efforts and partners to a broader vision. A
                                                               citywide agenda for youth will strengthen the roles and
  In December 2008, Mayor Hickenlooper                         responsibilities of stakeholders across the systems and
  convened a group of stakeholders to begin                    within the community. It will create a focus on concrete,
  a conversation around creating a citywide                    actionable objectives, and build public consensus for
  agenda for youth. The intent was to effectively              supporting and engaging youth in ways that allow them
  coordinate opportunities, supports, and                      to thrive.
  services in order to better meet the needs of
  Denver’s youth, families, and communities.
  These stakeholders represented:                              Formulating guiding principles
     n City agencies                                           The Mayor’s appointees from the Office for Education
     n Elected officials                                       and Children and the Office for Economic Development
     n Community-based organizations
                                                               facilitated the steering committee meetings throughout
                                                               2009. Discussions followed a framework provided by the
     n Education
                                                               National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth,
     n Juvenile justice                                        Education and Families. The group developed guiding
     n Health/Mental health                                    principles for each component of the NLC framework:
  The stakeholders became a steering                                n   Vision statement: Youth engaged in life, thriving
  committee that met monthly throughout                                 in community
  2009 to create this document outlining the                        n   Engaging Stakeholders: Stakeholders
  city’s coordinated agenda for youth in their                          understand the relevance and urgency of the
  adolescent years. (See Appendix I for a list of                       agenda and will work together to move the
  committee members)                                                    agenda forward
  The work of this group was based, in part,                        n   Developing Strategies: Build cross-systems
  on Denver’s Child and Youth Friendly City                             capacity and utilize existing data in order to
  Initiative, an 18-month effort to engage more                         identify need, ensure access to services, and
  than 6,000 youth and adults in a conversation                         foster principles of youth development to
  about what would make Denver a great                                  achieve systemic outcomes
  place for children and youth. The initiative,                     n   Coordinating Infrastructure: Align initiatives
  launched by the Mayor’s Office for Education                          and clarify roles around defined outcomes, and
  and Children, Assets for Colorado Youth, and                          coordinate systems through a collaborative
  the University of Colorado’s Children, Youth                          effort
  and Environments Center, gathered “voices”                        n   Sharing Accountability: Agree on common data
  from youth and adults to inform the work of                           points and form working agreements on shared
  more than 100 participating groups.                                   responsibilities for advancing the youth agenda

                                                               Formulating a data-driven agenda
Aligning around a shared vision –                              The steering committee immersed itself in the research
Youth engaged in life, thriving in                             demonstrating youth risk-taking behaviors and, by
community                                                      general consensus, determined three overarching and
Several large systemwide initiatives are underway to           interconnected focus areas around which organizations
address specific youth-related issues, including crime         and systems could align:
prevention, school-community coordination, early                    n   Health
childhood education and healthy lifestyles. The steering            n   Education
committee identified 18 separate initiatives and their               n Safety
various partners. (See Appendix II) Committee members          Subcommittees then formed around each focus
recognized the considerable potential in connecting            area to identify and review specific bodies of

research. The steering committee invited input from               is essential to their overall well-being. Age-
additional stakeholders through interviews and guest              appropriate health education can give young
presentations.                                                    people the important information they need
                                                                  to avoid tobacco use, sedentary lifestyles, poor
Utilizing the available research, the subcommittees each
                                                                  dietary patterns, behaviors that lead to injuries,
identified two measurable outcomes in their focus areas
                                                                  and sexual behaviors that result in sexually
around which stakeholders and community members
                                                                  transmitted diseases or unintended pregnancies.
could collaboratively affect change. They created work
                                                                  It can also motivate them to maintain or improve
plans for moving their outcomes forward with respect
                                                                  their health through prevention and intervention
to the components in the NLC framework — engaging
stakeholders, developing strategies, coordinating
infrastructure, and sharing accountability.                       With the passage of Colorado H.B. 1292
                                                                  (Standards of Sex Education), health advocates
                                                                  and educators are coming together to formulate
A youth agenda emerges                                            guidelines for implementing comprehensive
Several months into the process, the health, education,           health education programs in schools. According
and safety subcommittees proposed their two outcomes,             to the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey,
and their underlying rationale, to the larger steering            26 percent of 9th graders and 62 percent of
committee. These emerged as:                                      11th graders in Denver Public Schools reported
  Health                                                          they had engaged in sexual intercourse. Denver
     Outcome #1: An increased percentage of youth will            Public Schools does not currently offer
     participate in physical activity at least 60 minutes         comprehensive health education districtwide.
     per day.                                                     By increasing access to developmentally
     We know that regular physical activity not only              appropriate comprehensive health education
     promotes overall health and reduces incidents                for Denver’s youth, our young people will be
     of obesity, but also improves a young person’s               motivated to improve their health and to avoid
     self-esteem. Studies have also shown that regular            health-related risk behaviors.
     physical activity enhances academic performance
     by increasing students’ concentration levels. Yet,
     the Surgeon General’s Report states that nearly              “The steps we take to strengthen
     half of adolescents do not participate regularly in          families and improve outcomes
     vigorous physical activity. Further, the prevalence
     of obesity in our nation’s young people has more             for youth are among the most
     than doubled in the past 20 years, and more than             important investments we make
     tripled among adolescents.                                   in the health and vitality of
     To promote the health of Denver’s youth, an                  our city.”
     increased percentage of Denver youth will                                     — Cec Ortiz, Deputy Director
     participate in physical activity at least 60 minutes                  Mayor’s Office for Economic Development
     per day, as recommended by the Center for
     Disease Control and Prevention. By working
     together to support recess in schools, increase             Education
     participation in youth sports programs, and ensure           Outcome #1: By the end of 9th grade, all youth are at
     access to recreation centers and other facilities, we        or above grade level and have the support they need
     can all do our part to improve healthy outcomes              to graduate.
     for youth.
                                                                  Completing 9th grade at grade level is a strong
     Outcome #2: Youth will have increased access to              indicator for high school completion. Among
     comprehensive health education.                              35,000 Denver Public Schools (DPS) students in
     Giving youth the necessary resources they need to            7th–12th grade who dropped out of school during
     make responsible health decisions for themselves             the 2006-2007 school year, 9th graders made up

the largest group. Research shows that 77 percent           As educators implement the Colorado
of the high school dropouts in DPS had failed               Achievement Plan for Kids in an attempt to
one or more semester courses in 9th grade                   raise the state’s ranking of residents who earn
compared to 35 percent of graduates. Additionally,          college degrees (45th), others in the community
chronic absence in the 9th grade was higher                 also have a role to play. In particular, out-of-
among students who later dropped out (60%)                  school factors beyond the control of school
than among non-dropouts (44%).                              systems that influence academic performance
                                                            must be addressed—including low birth
                                                            weight, inadequate health care, food insecurity,
                                                            environmental pollutants, family relations/family
                                                            stress, and neighborhood characteristics.
                                                            By providing quality early childhood education,
                                                            after-school programs, mentoring/tutoring,
                                                            parental involvement activities, and other
                                                            supportive programs to help mitigate out-
                                                            of-school factors, youth will have expanded
                                                            opportunities for achieving the skills essential for
                                                            future success—including problem solving/critical
                                                            thinking, information management, self-direction,
                                                            and the ability to collaborate, be innovative, and
                                                            achieve a sense of self-worth.
The dropout rate in DPS is a student-support               Safety
issue as well as a school-based issue. It has been          Outcome #1: An increased percentage of youth will
demonstrated that after-school programs and                 avoid criminal activity.
other enrichment opportunities during out-of-
                                                            Teaching and modeling respect and nonviolent
school time play a critical role in improving
                                                            conflict resolution helps to ensure young people
students’ academic outcomes. Services that
                                                            become upstanding and law-abiding adults.
strengthen young people’s connection with school,
                                                            Studies have shown that children who enter the
inspire learning, and support families are critical
                                                            juvenile justice system are three times as likely
to positioning students for educational success.
                                                            to reenter the adult criminal justice system. A
To make sure young people successfully complete
                                                            2003 report by the Office of Juvenile Justice and
this benchmark grade — and those preceding it
                                                            Delinquency Prevention indicated that youth
— in good standing, support will be consistently
                                                            referred to juvenile court before the age of 13
needed from parents, mentors, and community-
                                                            are far more likely to become chronic juvenile
based organizations in order to assist schools with
                                                            offenders than youth whose initial contact
keeping students on track.
                                                            occurs at a later age. In Denver, the average age
Outcome #2: Youth will have increased access to             of a youth’s first arrest is 14; the average age of
positive, out-of-school-time activities and supports        juveniles admitted to detention and commitment
to build the skills and competencies needed to meet         is 15. Frequent or repeat delinquent behavior is a
the growing demands of a global economy.                    factor in Denver’s youth population: Of the 31,651
                                                            school-based incidents during the 2005-2006
High school completion and post-secondary
                                                            school year, almost half of students charged with
training and education are essential to long-
                                                            unlawful behavior in school were repeat offenders.
term success in today’s rapidly changing labor
market and global economy. To ensure Denver’s               Substance abuse is a contributor and by-product
young people graduate from high school with the             of youth delinquency. In Colorado, 1,297 young
requisite skills needed to succeed in college and/          people under the age of 20 were admitted to an
or the workforce, they will need support both in            emergency room for an alcohol-related episode
the classroom and beyond the classroom along the            in 2007. Nationally, a 2000 survey of juvenile
entire course of their academic career.                     detainees found that 56 percent of boys and

40 percent of girls tested positive for drug use at
the time of their arrest.
                                                                “Education, health, and safety are
A 1996 national report tied together findings that
delinquency is most often related to risk factors               important issues to us. Everyday,
that stem from deficiencies in five major domains               we face peers struggling with
of a child’s life: community, family, school, peers,            drinking, using drugs, joining
and individual characteristics. Comprehensive
and coordinated screening and assessment will                   gangs, and dropping out of school.
identify areas of concern for youth and help                    A citywide youth agenda that
direct resources to persons and communities most                focuses on these issues would help
impacted. Data and system coordination will be
critical to ensuring youth receive targeted services
                                                                programs work together and help
that provide primary and secondary prevention                   generations to come.”
and early intervention services — including                                         — Mayor’s Youth Commission
strength-based services for the youth and family,
and alternative solutions to referrals to court.
Outcome #2: An increased percentage of youth will
not experience juvenile victimization.                     Bridging efforts
We know that young people cannot learn and                 Upon review of the subcommittee’s recommended
grow unless they feel safe and are protected in            outcomes, the steering committee immediately
their schools and neighborhoods. Research has              recognized the interconnectedness of the three
demonstrated a clear relationship between youth            focus areas. Education, for example, can impact a
victimization and mental health and delinquent             youth’s health and safety. Because the three areas are
behavior, including gang involvement. We must              interwoven, the outcomes of one focus area affect the
do more to safeguard our young people from                 outcomes of the others. This realization reinforced
violence. A 2008 national study revealed that              the need for coordination and shared efforts across
youth 12-15 had the highest rates of victimization         Denver’s systems and services in affecting the youth
among all age groups surveyed. In 2009, the                agenda outcomes.
National Survey of Children’s Exposure to
Violence reported that more than 60 percent of                          Interconnection of
the nation’s youth had been exposed to violence                 Denver Youth Agenda’s Focus Areas
within the past year. Nearly 1 in 2 were physically
assaulted at least once in the past year, with more
than 1 in 10 injured in an assault.
                                                                      Health                    Education
At a local level, an analysis of reported offenses
from January - November 2007 for Denver youth,                                      Well-
ages 11-24, revealed more than 6,300 cases of
victimization. The 2005 Youth Risk Behavior
Survey showed that 8 percent of students surveyed
reported being threatened with a weapon within
the last year, and 4 percent did not attend school
at least once in the last 30 days due to feeling
unsafe either at or on the way to school.
Through a coordinated approach that will include           Furthermore, the intersections inherent among these
primary and secondary prevention and support               three areas of adolescent well-being expand the way
services, we can improve the outlook for young             in which everyone in the community takes action in
people who have been victimized and reduce rates           support of young people. From the individual level to
of youth victimization.                                    the organization and systems levels, everyone has a role

to play — and several ways of contributing — toward                                n   Agencies can build connectivity across the
affecting young people’s success. For example:                                         spectrum of initiatives focused on adolescents
      n   Parents can walk rather than drive their                            Such connections are already beginning among steering
          children to school                                                  committee members as discussions opened doors
                                                                              to partnering opportunities. For example, members
      n   Seniors can volunteer to mentor a young person
                                                                              representing the Denver Public Library and a juvenile
      n   Youth-serving organizations can broaden their                       detention facility determined how to make books
          network of partners                                                 available to detainees. Coordinating efforts and working
                                                                              across focus areas creates efficiencies that lead to more
                                                                              effective service delivery and systemic change.
“The youth agenda is a catalyst
for creating a focus and moving                                               Advancing the youth agenda
youth advocates to contribute their                                           The steering committee developed the Denver’s Youth
                                                                              Agenda Framework to guide youth-related strategies.
efforts toward achieving its broad                                            This overarching framework integrates the identified
outcomes.”                                                                    outcomes with guiding principles for moving the
                — María Guajardo, Executive Director                          agenda forward. The goal is that stakeholders and
                Mayor’s Office for Education and Children                     community members will see their role in contributing
                                                                              to the youth agenda, and align their efforts to move
                                             Denver’s Youth Agenda Framework
  Components                                                                                        Outcomes

  Engaging              Developing               Coordinating                 Sharing               Health #1:
  Stakeholders          Strategies               Infrastructure               Accountability        An increased percentage of Denver youth
  ■ Criteria for        ■ Convene and            ■ Align and                  ■ Agree on
                                                                                                    will participate in physical activity at least
  stakeholder           communicate to           strengthen                   common data           60 minutes per day.
  participation is      build cross-systems      initiatives to clarify       points to connect
  understanding the     capacity                 roles and                    partners to the       Health #2:
  relevance and                                  responsibilities in          Youth Agenda          Denver youth will have increased access
  urgency of the plan   ■ Utilize existing       achieving a blended                                to comprehensive health education.
  and joining efforts   data sources             infrastructure               ■ Form working
  to move the Youth                                                           agreements            Education #1:
  Agenda outcomes       ■ Identify               ■ Systems work               on shared             By the end of 9th grade, all youth will be at
  forward               populations and          together to move             responsibilities      or above grade level and have the support
                        areas of need            the Youth Agenda             and commitments       they need to graduate.
                                                 outcomes forward
                        ■ Ensure access to                                                          Education #2:
                        needed services for                                                         Youth will have increased access to
                        youth and families                                                          positive, out-of-school-time activities and
                                                                                                    supports to build the skills and
                        ■ Support programs                                                          competencies needed to meet the growing
                        that foster positive                                                        demands of a global economy.
                        youth development
                                                                                                    Safety #1:
                                                                                                    An increased percentage of youth will
                                                                                                    avoid criminal activity.

                                                                                                    Safety #2:
                                                                                                    An increased percentage of youth will not
                                                                                                    experience juvenile victimization.

the outcomes forward. In this way, the agenda will
encourage policy commitments and programmatic
environments that lead to action around shared goals               “The next step is to rally the
for youth.                                                         community to embrace an agenda
                                                                   that puts kids first. By focusing the
Presenting a roadmap for change                                    energy of nonprofits, the business
Denver’s youth agenda frames a “Bill of Rights” for                community, the faith community,
our young people — the right to a quality education,
a safe environment, and a healthy lifestyle. The agenda
                                                                   parents, and the youth themselves,
both heightens awareness and increases commitment                  we can make a real difference in the
to a new way of working together. Individuals and                  health, education, and safety of our
organizations can use the framework to better
understand their roles in achieving specific outcomes              young people.”
that influence the overall well-being of youth.                             — Doug Linkhart, City Councilman At-Large
                                                                                      and Steering Committee member

                                                              With the work completed to date, emphasis in the
                                                              coming year will be on:
                                                                   n   Identifying a governance body to guide the
                                                                       youth agenda forward
                                                                   n   Connecting multiple stakeholders and
                                                                       community members to the agenda
                                                                   n   Naming and tracking the indicators that will
                                                                       lead to the agenda’s outcomes
                                                                   n   Determining multiple strategies for moving the
                                                                       outcomes forward
The steering committee captured the spirit with which         The shift to coordinating services, supports, and
stakeholders will work together to promote the City’s         opportunities for youth around the agenda’s three
youth agenda and the shared values that will guide this       broad, yet interrelated focus areas — health, education,
work. These values include:                                   and safety — will demand innovation in service
     n   Youth development principles guide actions           delivery and funding, but will ensure a purposeful
                                                              and sustainable way of working together on behalf of
     n   Young people and those who support them have         Denver’s youth.
         equitable access to services and opportunities
     n   Coordinated resources and efforts lead to
         efficiencies and systemic changes in health,
         education, and safety
By taking shared responsibility in moving Denver’s
Youth Agenda forward, stakeholders will focus on
youth development principles, equitable access, and
coordinated efforts to create the necessary changes
needed to ensure youth are engaged and thriving in
their communities.


I. Steering Committee –                                      Denver Housing Authority
Denver’s Youth Agenda                                        Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director
                                                             Stella Madrid, Community Affairs Officer
Mayor’s Office for Education and Children                    Lynne Picard, Program Manager
Dr. María Guajardo, Executive Director
Nancy Gilder, Director, Positive Youth Development           Denver Parks and Recreation
Maxine Quintana, Director, Student Programs                  Dolores Moreno, Director of Recreation

Mayor’s Office of Economic Development                       Denver Public Library
Cec Ortiz, Deputy Director                                   Shirley Amore, City Librarian
Lori Mack, Director,Youth Services Division                  Carol Edwards, Cluster Manager
                                                             Lisa Champion, Librarian
City Council
Doug Linkhart, City Councilman At-Large                      Denver Public Schools
Ursla Null, Aide to Councilman Linkhart                      Happy Haynes, Chief Community Engagement Officer

                                                             Department of Safety
                                                             Al LaCabe, Manager of Safety
                                                             Charlotte Stephens, Director, Safe City Office
                                                             Pat Hedrick, Safe City Diversion Supervisor

                                                             Juvenile Justice
                                                             Regina Huerter, Executive Director,
                                                                Crime Prevention Control Commission
                                                             Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney

                                                             Mental Health Center of Denver
                                                             Lynn Garst, Associate Director,
                                                                Child and Family Services

                                                             Community Partners
                                                             Kippi Clausen, Director, Population-Based Strategies,
Denver Collaborative Partnership                                Mile High United Way
Sara Boylan, Director                                        Art Rimando, Senior Director,
                                                                Mile High United Way
Denver Department of Human Services                          Stephanie Hoy, Executive Director,
Allen Pollack, Deputy of Family Services                        Assets for Colorado Youth
Dace West, Co-Director,Youth Strategic Partnerships          Katherine Plog-Martinez, Director of Training,
                                                                Assets for Colorado Youth
Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Dr. Christopher Urbina, Executive Director,
   Denver Public Health
Dr. Paul Melinkovich, Director,
   Community Health Services
Dr. Simon Hambridge, Director,
   Pediatrics and Adolescent Services
Audrey Hoener, Operations Manager,
   School-Based Health Centers

II. Youth Initiatives in Denver
Name                    Partners                               Purpose                                 Outcomes/Key Issue Areas
Bridging the Gap at     DDHS, Community-based                  To increase outcomes and                Priority areas of housing, education,
Mile High United Way    organizations, Family to Family,       opportunities for youth in or aging     employment, physical/mental health,
                        Business partners                      out of foster care                      and permanency
City/DPS                City and County of Denver, DPS,        To improve coordination of              Increased parent and family
Collaborative           many community partners already        services                                engagement; strengthened
Partnership             linked to 8 schools – Smith,                                                   neighborhoods; increased student
                        Stedman, Place, Cole, Trevista,                                                engagement; increased skill
                        North, West, East – with added                                                 development; increased school
                        support from AmeriCorp to                                                      attendance; increased parent
                        provide 30-40 additional schools                                               volunteers in school communities
                        with resources and services                                                    (specific measurable outcomes in
                                                                                                       each of these areas)
Community Schools       MOEC, DPS, Community-based             Serves as a work group to think         Create and submit to appropriate
Planning Group          organizations                          strategically about building a          stakeholders a plan to bring the
                                                               citywide community school model         community school model to scale in
                                                               and coordinate related initiatives to   Denver; coordinate and align similar
                                                               ensure resources are leveraged and      Denver initiatives
                                                               initiatives are strengthened
Creative Options        DDHS, DPS, Juvenile Probation,         A systems collaboration around          Increase school attendance, reduce
                        City Attorney, Juvenile Courts,        creative solutions to truancy           truancy rates
                        MOEC, Safe City, DCP

Crime Prevention and    Juvenile Probation, Denver Juvenile    To prevent and reduce juvenile          Studies youth system; provides some
Control Commission      Courts, DPS, Safe City, DA,            crime and increase school               intervention support; creates system
Youth Prevention        Community-based organizations,         engagement                              change
Committee (CPCC)        Office of Drug Strategy, MOEC,

Denver Collaborative    DDHS, DPS, DYC/SB94, DHHA,             To identify interventions around        Reduce out-of-home placement
Partnership (DCP)       Juvenile Probation, MHCD, Juvenile     delinquency and truancy for youth       in child welfare and DYC; reduce
HB 1451                 Courts, Family to Family, Signal,      in multiple systems; streamline         unsuccessful termination from
                        Domestic Violence Coordinating         services; focus on community-based      probation; increase school
                        Council/Safehouse, ABC/Access          resources                               engagement for truant youth; reduce
                        Behavioral Care                                                                substance use
Denver Public Library   Colorado Rockies, Elitch Gardens,      Maintain and improve literacy skills    Literacy, school readiness, school
Summer of Reading       Parks & Rec, Denver Zoo, Radio         during summer vacation from             engagement
                        Disney, Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson   school
                        Foundation, Denver Post, Rocky
                        Mountain PBS, Colorado Parents
Denver Quality          DPS,Youth service providers,           A coalition of youth service            Increased student engagement;
Afterschool             MOEC, Denver Parks & Rec.              providers working together to           increased quality of afterschool
Connection (DQUAC)                                             advance afterschool programs            programs; better coordination of
Denver Youth            Office of Economic Development/        To organize community partners          Mentoring, parent engagement,
Development             Division of Workforce                  connected with schools into a           career readiness
Initiative (DYDI)       Development, DPS, Community-           more systemic effort (now a Theme
                        based organizations                    Team of the City/DPS Partnership)

Name                    Partners                               Purpose                              Outcomes/Key Issue Areas
Denver’s Child and      MOEC, ACY, University of               To facilitate a communitywide        Increased youth voice in matters
Youth Friendly City     Colorado Children,Youth &              conversation about what would        that affect them; increased public will
Initiative (CYFC)       Environments Center for Research       make Denver a great city for         for a comprehensive youth agenda;
                        and Design Institute                   children and youth                   improved service delivery based on
                                                                                                    CYFC data
Family to Family        DDHS, Westside Family Networks,        Community-based services that        Community-based support to
Denver                  Denver Children’s Home, Fresh          support families involved with       create a network of care that is
                        Start, Epworth United Methodist        Denver Human Services. Primary       neighborhood-based and culturally
                        Church,YMCA of Metro Denver,           services offered include team        appropriate for families affected by
                        Lowry Family Center. *Each Family      decision making, supervised          child abuse and neglect.
                        to Family Denver neighborhood          visitation, and recruitment and
                        help site has multiple community       support of foster and kinship
                        partners                               families.
Gang Reduction          DPD, DPS, Denver District Adult        To implement a comprehensive         Reduce recidivism rates for target
Initiative of Denver    and Juvenile Probation, DYC,           gang model to reduce gang activity   population, increase capacity of
(GRID)                  Department of Corrections, Boys                                             community to address gang activity,
                        and Girls Club, Parks and Rec,                                              reduce violent gang crime
                        OED, Mile High United Way, DA,
                        DHHA, DDHS, CPCC, Safe City,
                        U.S. Attorney’s Office
Graffiti Oversight      Councilman Lopez, Councilwoman         Ensure ongoing comprehensive         Sheriff’s Department operated
Committee               Montero, DPD, Sheriff’s                coordinated and accountable          abatement program for prior
                        Department, Public Works, City         approach to anti-graffiti efforts    offenders; Graffiti Hurts is an anti-
                        Attorney, Mayor’s Office, Parks        through a formalized body and        graffiti curriculum for under age 12;
                        and Recreation, Safe City, Athmar      dedicated resources, utilizing       Urban Legacy is for ages 13 -19;
                        Neighborhood Association,              abatement, enforcement, and          provides diversionary Arts programs;
                        Neighborhood Inspection Services,      prevention                           works on a unified message citywide
                        Denver Office of Cultural Affairs,
Lights on Afterschool   MOEC, Mile High United Way,            Leverage resources to provide        School engagement, better day-
                        Denver Public Schools Foundation,      support for quality school-based     school attendance, better grades,
                        DPS.                                   afterschool programs.                lower drop-out rates.

P-20 Council            Governor’s Office                      Ensuring a seamless education        Early childhood, data and
                                                               system from pre-school to grad       accountability, great teachers and
                                                               school in preparing young people     leaders; preparations and transitions
                                                               for the 21st Century
Senate Bill 91-94       Presiding Juvenile Judge Ashby, DPS,   Responsible for developing yearly    Managing the detention beds to the
                        DPD and Sheriffs Department,           plan to prevent youth from           cap of 73 for the Second Judicial
                        DA, Municipal Government, Public       entering detention; reduce length    District/Denver by providing
                        Defender, DYC, Community Mental        of stay in detention; help prevent   programs to prevent youth from
                        Health, Division of Alcohol and        out-of-home placement and            entering or reducing their stay
                        Drug Abuse; OED/DWD, Faith-            commitment of adjudicated youth
                        based community, DCP
Teen Pregnancy          Denver Office of Strategic             To decrease the number of teen       Delay onset of sexual activity:
Prevention              Partnerships, Community-based          births in the City of Denver, with   increase use of condoms/
Partnership             organizations                          a particular focus on the Latina     contraception for sexually active
                                                               population                           students; increase parent-child
                                                                                                    communication about abstinence and
                                                                                                    contraception; link youth to clinical
                                                                                                    resources around sexual health

 Name                          Partners                              Purpose                               Outcomes/Key Issue Areas
 Youth Mentoring               Denver Office of Strategic            To increase communication,            Mentoring, graduation rates,
 Collaborative                 Partnerships, Mile High United Way,   cooperation, and resource             academic achievement
                               Community-based organizations         acquisition among the organizations
                                                                     providing volunteer mentors to
                                                                     Denver area youth

ACY – Assets for Colorado Youth                               DPD – Denver Police Department
CBOs – Community-Based Organizations                          DPS – Denver Public Schools
CPCC – Crime Prevention and Control Commission                DYC – Division of Youth Corrections
DA – Denver District Attorney                                 MHCD – Mental Health Center of Denver
DCP – Denver Collaborative Partnership                        MOEC – Mayor’s Office for Education and Children
DDHS – Denver Department of Human Services                    OED/DWD – Office of Economic Development/
DHHA – Denver Health and Hospital Authority                                Division of Workforce Development

III. Resources
Health:                                                                       Safety:
  n   Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment,                     n   Colorado Department of Education, 2005.Youth Risk
      2007. Colorado Child Health Survey.                                         Behavior Survey.
  n   Surgeon General’s Report, retrieved from mchb.hrsa.                     n   Crime Prevention and Control Commission, 2008.
      gov/mchirc/dataspeak/events/apr_02/.../spear-ohds.ppt                       Evaluation of Denver’s Juvenile Justice System and
  n   Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Surveillance                     Processes, December 2006–July 2008.
      Summaries, Data for 1993–2008.                                          n   Espiritu et al., 2001. Denver Youth Survey.
  n   Ogden, C.L., Carroll, M.D., Flegal, K.M., 2008. High                    n   National Institute of Justice, 2003. “Youth Victimization:
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