Mayor's Youth Commission

Mayor's Youth Commissions 2013-2014 School Year Accomplishments

Click here to see the details of the Commission's accomplisments for last year including:

  • Action Plan
  • Teen Team Summit
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Collaboration with the Denver Public Schools Student Board of Education
  • Service Projects
  • #Helphelp - Express Yourself Event
  • Safe City Youth Summit -#Helphelps - Suicide: What you can do about it
  • Meeting wtih the Berlin Youth Commission
  • Presenting at Denver Juvenile and Family Justice TASC Project Family Night
  • Resource Guides
  • 2014-2015 Preliminary Plans

Resources Guides are now available online! You can view or download them by clicking on the links below:

Click here to download a copy of the Suicide Resource and Information booklet. 

Click here to download a copy of Mental Health Resources for youth. (Updated version effective 5/28/14) 

Staff Contact Information

Joey Pace

Youth Success Director

Susan Wells

Staff Lead - Mayor's Youth Commission

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What's Happening

    The Mayor’s Youth Commission is seeking

     4 youth and 6 adult Commissioners for the 2014-2015 school year.

     The Mayor’s Youth Commission is an exciting leadership opportunity for young Denver residents and adults to be involved in their community. The Commission advises the Mayor, his cabinet and city council on issues that affect Denver youth.  They identify annual goals and implement action plans designed to positively impact their peers.  The Commission is comprised of 21 Commissioners; 11 youth, ages 14-18 and 10 adults who represent city agencies and private/non-profit organizations that serve youth in the community.  Adult Commissioners are appointed for three year terms.  Youth Commissioners are appointed for three year terms or until the Commissioner graduates from High School.

     All Commissioner Requirements

    ·         Commissioners must reside in the City and County of Denver

    ·         Be able to attend 2 evening meetings a month (second and fourth Wednesday from 6:00-7:30) from September until the end of May

    ·         Be able to attend an all day Saturday Retreat in early September

    ·         Be willing to participate in two planned volunteer service projects throughout the school year

    Adult Commissioner Applicants

    For the 2014-2015 School year the Commission is seeking 1 Adult Commissioner from a City of Denver agency and 5 Adult Commissioners from Private/Non-profit youth serving organizations. City agency Commissioners must have permission from the agency director to participate.

         To be considered for an interview, interested adults must submit the following:

    ·         Adult Commissioner Application

    ·         Completed Essay (see questions below)

    ·         Letter of recommendation

    ·         Upon appointment Adult Commissioners must pass a criminal background check.

    Youth Commissioner Applicants

    The Commission makes all attempts to only have one youth Commissioner for any given school.

    For the 2014-2015 School year the Commission will not be accepting applications from students at the following schools:


    ·         Bear Creek High School

    ·         CEC Middle College of Denver

    ·         George Washington High School

    ·         Littleton High School

    ·         Manual High School

    ·         South High School

    ·         Thomas Jefferson High School

    ·         Venture Prep High School

     Youth Commissioners are eligible to apply if they are between the ages of 14 and 16 by May 30, 2014.  

         To be considered for an interview, interested youth must submit the following:

    ·         Youth Commissioner application

    ·         Completed Essay ( see questions below)

    ·         Letter of Recommendation

     Commissioner Essay Questions- To be completed by all Commission Applicants (please use 250 words or less for each question)

    1.      Please explain why you want to be part of the Youth Commission and what is special about you that will bring a unique perspective to the group?

    2.      Which community issues you would like to address as part of the Mayor’s Youth Commission

    Submission information

    All materials must be received by May 30, 2014 and can be emailed or mailed using the following information:

     ATTN: Susan Wells, Office of Children Affairs

    201 W. Colfax, Dept 1101

    Denver, CO  80202


     Only candidates with completed and signed applications will be considered. Applications will be reviewed in June and candidates will be interviewed in July.  Finalists will be recommended to the Mayor for his consideration and appointment in August. Please contact Susan Wells if you need further information or have questions at 720-913-0904.

    Please click on the links below to download application and essay question information and forms:

    2014 Youth Commission Recruitment Information

            2014 Youth Commission Essay Questions for all Applicants

            2014 Mayor's Youth Commission - Youth Application

            2014 Mayor's Youth Commission - Adult Application

Please contact Susan Wells at 720-913-0904 with any questions.