Youth Congress teams teens up with area civic leaders

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Posted 8/24/18

High school students looking for a legislative leadership opportunity are invited to apply for Youth Congress. The program unites high school students from around Douglas County with area civic …

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Youth Congress teams teens up with area civic leaders

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High school students looking for a legislative leadership opportunity are invited to apply for Youth Congress.

The program unites high school students from around Douglas County with area civic leaders, giving teens an opportunity to 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,” County Commissioner Lora Thomas said in a news release. “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 in groups of 10 students and three civic leaders, who will include county employees, local legislators and town council members. Groups will share their ideas and present them at the end of the day.

Online registration is now open for this year's Youth Congress, which will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the state Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., 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 information and to apply, go to www.douglas.co.us/community/partners-and-providers/youth-initiative/youth-congress/, or contact Marsha Alston, Youth Services Program Manager at malston@douglas.co.us 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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