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Denver Hosts 23rd Annual Safe City Youth Summit

DENVER – The Department of Public Safety’s Youth Leadership Team hosted the 23rd Annual Safe City Youth Summit on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Denver Convention Center.

“Youth-inspired and youth-led events like the Safe City Youth Summit support healthy adolescent growth and help youth develop leadership skills that can lead to higher education and other opportunities,” said Executive Director of Safety Stephanie O’Malley.

The Youth Summit is a free, fun-filled event where youth 13 – 18 years of age can attend interactive workshops on the latest youth topics identified by the Public Safety Youth Leadership Team and its partners. This year's Summit featured informational booths, youth entertainment, a roundtable discussion, and a keynote speech by Mr. Derrick Martin – a former Thomas Jefferson High School football star and two-time Super Bowl champion. Additionally, Mr. Ryan Harris – former Denver Bronco and Super Bowl 50 champion – participated in the roundtable discussion.  

Thhe Public Safety Youth Leadership Team raised $1,000 for its 6th college scholarship and an additional $1,000 for two college scholarships in memory of Walt Beckert. Youth interested in receiving one of the scholarships submitted an essay, poem, artwork, or music piece to the Youth Leadership team explaining how the scholarship will help them obtain higher education and what this year’s theme – “Be the Beacon that Illuminates the Future” – means to them. Attendees also had the opportunity to win a separate $250 college scholarship during the Summit.

The Youth Summit has been planned and coordinated by the Public Safety Youth Leadership Team, which is comprised entirely of youth, for the past 23 years.  

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