denver, co

Created by the Denver Department of Public Safety, the Denver Safe City Office aims to promote positive youth development and to encourage the development and implementation of youth-led, community solutions to violence. Led by the Safe City Youth Leadership Team, over 40 youth participate in year-round leadership training centered on youth employment, community service, peer-mentoring, and peer-centered activities.

Participants are taught problem-solving skills and meet with the Mayor, City Council and other local and national leaders to exchange ideas on anti-violence issues selected by the youth. Additionally, the youth organize an annual Youth Summit, which provides a vehicle for young people to express their concerns and solutions to city leaders.

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City Voices: Paul Lopez