Youth Success

Girl with base musical instrumentYoung people need a broad range of programs, services and opportunities to support their development as they transition into adulthood. 

Positive Youth Development
Positive youth development is the understanding that youth be given age-appropriate and culturally appropriate programs, services and opportunities in order to develop into contributing members of society.

Youth Voice  
Youth voice refers using the ideas, opinions, attitudes, and actions of young people as resources in the planning and decision making of youth policy, programs and services.

Positive Youth Development and Youth Voice in Action . . .

Mayor's Youth Commission - Established by City Ordinance as a youth leadership and youth development opportunity where youth voice lives.

Creative Options - A systems collaboration to reduce truancy. 

Staff Contact Information

Lindsay Neil

Director of Children's Affairs

Additional Resources

The governing body of Denver Great Kids Head Start is the Policy Council,  where parents and community representatives work together in policy making and program decisions for DGKHS.  


  • Mayor's Youth Awards - Given to recognize teens that have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives
  • Mile High Scholars - Given to students who model good leadership, respect and support for their peers