Mayor's Youth Commission

a multicultural group of young people meeting outdoors

Bringing a Voice to Our Issues, Our Solutions.

The Mayor's Youth Commission provides youth the opportunity to develop leadership skills and advise the director of the Office of Children's Affairs on issues impacting youth living in the City and County of Denver. Youth commissioners work together with adult commissioners to make recommendations in the areas of:

  • Developing procedures and processes
  • Accessing and participating in citywide programs
  • Ensuring equal rights and opportunities through legislation or administrative action
  • Establishing goals and action plans

Become a Commissioner

Mayor's Youth Commission applications are open year-round and interviews are held in May and June of each year. Selected commissioners can serve up to a three-year term limit and are required to attend meetings that are scheduled during the eveningthe 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, during the school year. To qualify: 

  • Youth must be a Denver resident or attending Denver Public Schools (high school) in 2022-2023.
  • Adults must be employed with a youth-serving organization or the City and County of Denver.

Submit Application

Staff Contact

Mikhail Vafeades
Director of Youth Leadership & Partnerships
(720) 913-0904

Joey Pace
Director of Youth & Community Engagement
(720) 913-0918