The Commission is a partnership of youths and adults that provides youth voice and leadership within the City and County of Denver. Its mission is to empower young voices working with city officials to build a better Denver. Established through city ordinance, its primary role is to advise the Mayor and his cabinet on key issues impacting Denver youth. The commission is made up of 21 members:
- 11 youth, ages 14-18
- 5 adult representatives from city agencies
- 5 adult representatives from private/non-profit agencies which serve youth in the community
This year the Mayor's Youth Commission developed and distributed a youth perception survey in partnership with the Denver Public Schools Student Board of Education. The survey featured questions on transportation, mental health, jobs/internships, recreation and safety. The Commission has identified mental health as the top priority for both the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 school years with two goals in mind:
- Increase awareness of existing mental health resources and services (both school and community based)
- Decrease the stigma around asking for help
The Mayor's Youth Commission has officially launched the Help Helps campaign. This campaign is designed to connect youth to existing school and community based resources that can help address things like depression, thoughts of suicide, bullying and more.
Looking for help for yourself, a friend or a youth who you know? This resource guide is written specifically for youth and provides information about hotlines, websites and community organizations and clinics where you can go for help.