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HOMEPAGE: Growing Up Boulder's Children and Youth Bill of Rights Project

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(mural designed by 7th grade BVSD students)


Growing Up Boulder

Growing Up Boulder is a “child-and-youth-friendly city” initiative that began in the spring of 2009 as a partnership among the University of Colorado, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Valley School District, former State Senator Dorothy Rupert, local nonprofits and businesses, and middle- and high-school youth. Child-and youth friendly- cities are locales in which children’s rights are reflected in local policies, laws, programs and budgets. While Boulder already does much to support its children and youth, there is still work to be done. To learn more about the work that Growing Up Boulder has done with young people to address their needs, click here.



New Photos from our Workshop with Barry Percy-Smith


New Youth Engagement Resources

Growing Up Boulder just hosted an exciting workshop about youth participation in Boulder (more information coming soon. . .).  If you are interested in Barry Percy-Smith's work, we have posted some great articles about youth engagement.  You can find these in the Youth Engagement Resources folder in the Navigation toolbar to the right.  Barry also recommended this site:  http://www.participationworks.org.uk/ 



Children & Youth Bill of Rights Project Highlights



View photos of GUB's October 15 annual youth celebration


Watch a recorded Skype conversation of Boulder and Portland youth discussing a youth bill of rights.


Tell us what should be on a Children and Youth Bill of Rights for Boulder


Watch Professor Violeta Chapin talking about how she became a law professor or about youth rights relating to school policies and the police.



What is the Children and Youth Bill of Rights Project in Boulder?

The children and youth bill of rights curriculum will help us figure out if children and youth want to create a children and youth bill or rights (CYBOR) for the City of Boulder.  Before doing that, however, young people need to know what a CYBOR is!  Many cities throughout the world use a CYBOR as a guide to make their cities more child- and youth-friendly.  If a bill of rights is developed by children and youth and supported by the adults in the community, it can lead to real and positive change.


Look at these Wiki-pages for lots of useful information to help you with this project:


Boulder Student Projects

Children and Youth Bill of Rights in the US

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Dream Act

Violations of children's rights

Child- and youth-friendly cities worldwide

Growing Up Boulder information

Growing Up Boulder: Community Survey Report 2011

Educator resources

Evaluation links


If you have suggestions for additional links or articles, let us know!


Who is Participating in this Project?

The following students, teachers, classes, and programs are participating in this project:


Boulder High School:  Jennifer Douglas-Larsson, AVID class

Casey Middle School:  Ayal Korczak, Leadership class

Fairview High School:  Aleah Matthews-Runner

New Vista High School:  Kara Pfouts, Street Law class

New Vista High School:  Joel Simon, Life Stories class

New Vista High School:  Aleanna Collins, Community Education credits

New Vista High School:  Seth Blum, Community Education credits

Youth Services Initiative After School Program, City of Boulder Parks & Recreation


Question, thoughts or suggestions?

Please contact the CYBOR coordinators: Mara Mintzer, Growing Up Boulder Coordinator, at maramintzer*gmail.com  (replace the * with an @ symbol in the previous email addresses).


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