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Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan

It is projected that youth ages 9 to 14 in 2014 will become the second largest adult population in Colorado by 2024. Between 2010 and 2020, new jobs in Colorado requiring a post-secondary education and training are expected to grow by 716,000, while jobs for high school graduates are expected to grow by 268,000. 

Ensuring that Colorado’s youth can reach their full potential and become healthy, successful adults is essential to Colorado’s future.

Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan

The Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan presents a vision for a strong youth development network and strategies for improving an array of youth-focused policies, practices, and programs. At the core of the vision and strategies is the incorporation of positive youth development principles into the services and programs for youth ages 9 to 25 in Colorado.

As directed by HB 13-1239, the plan must be updated biennially. The 2016 Statewide Youth Development Plan remains true to the spirit of the initial plan, incorporating current work, completed strategies and revisions based on new priorities developed with input from a diverse group of stakeholders.

The Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan is a guide for:
  • Utilizing positive youth development as an approach for partnering with youth ages 9 to 25 to help them achieve their full potential.
  • Understanding the gaps in programs and services for youth and the recommended strategies for addressing these gaps.
  • Engaging a broad array of stakeholders, including youth, to improve supports for youth ages so that they are education-ready, career-ready, and ready for life.
Get Involved

There is a movement growing.  Young people in Colorado face challenges that cannot be solved by edicts or quick fixes from individual silos. 
  • Are you interested in sharing your opinions? 
  • Do you want your voice to be heard?
  • Are you interested in making change locally and statewide? 
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Together we can reach our goal of all youth being safe, healthy, educated, connected, and contributing members of society.