Youth Celebrate Diversity is committed to empowering students, teachers, and youth organizations to make their schools and communities safe for all people.

More importantly, YCD is focused on ensuring the positive momentum created from the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference is carried through to actionable projects and initiatives at participating schools and youth organizations, to enhance diversity awareness and appreciation throughout Colorado’s high schools and communities. To help in this process, YCD is also making funding available via microgrants.

Make a Diversity Commitment

YCD challenges all students, teachers, and others who attend the 2017 Cherry Creek Diversity Conference to make an actionable and specific commitment for a project or initiative to be carried out in the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year. We encourage groups who attend the Conference to meet as a group to discuss:

  1. what they learned at the event;
  2. how their experiences at the event highlight issues in their school or community to be addressed;
  3. an action plan or project to address these issues as a group; and
  4. how they will measure success of their project or initiative in May 2017.

Notify Us of Your Plan

Please write down your school or organization’s diversity commitment and email it to us at cmunro@ycdiversity.org so we can track the effect of the conference and report back to the wider Colorado community on the positive work being done as a direct outcome of this unique event.

We will follow up with each schools or youth organization individually over the course of the spring semester to check on your progress, and see how we can help.

Apply for Funding

Youth Celebrate Diversity is excited to announce schools or youth organizations who attend the 2017 Cherry Creek Diversity Conference may apply for funding to implement their diversity commitment, in the form of a microgrant, if their project or initiative requires financial support to become actionable.

In order to make the best use of these funds, we request that the faculty advisor complete the following application so that we can distribute our assistance as equitably as possible.

Please keep the following guidelines in mind when completing your application:

  • Projects should focus on improving and addressing issues in the local school or community. We are unlikely to fund requests to attend events or travel away from the local school or community.
  • You may apply for any amount of money, up to a maximum of $500. However please note we will apply more scrutiny on higher value requests and will be limited in our ability to approve high value requests. We generally recommend requesting $50-$100 per school or organization to maximize the chances of your application being approved for funding.
  • Only schools or organizations that attend the 2017 Cherry Creek Diversity Conference are eligible for a microgrant during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Each school or organization will be eligible for no more than one microgrant for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications must be made as a group via faculty advisors. We will not accept applications from individual students, and we will not accept multiple applications from the same school or group.
  • We reserve the right to provide any level of assistance we deem appropriate based upon the number of requests we receive and the budget we have available.
  • Checks will be made payable to schools or organizations, not individuals.
  • Schools or organizations that demonstrate a clear ability to measure success of their initiative will be given a higher priority for funding.

Application Process

Send an email to cmunro@ycdiversity.org answering the following questions:

  1. Name of school or youth organization
  2. Contact person’s name, email address and phone number
  3. Briefly describe the makeup of students brought to the 2017 Cherry Creek Diversity Conference (i.e. diversity club, PeaceJam, GSA, Latino Club, etc.)
  4. What did your group members learn at the 2017 Cherry Creek Diversity Conference?
  5. How did their experiences at the event highlight issues in their school or community to be addressed?
  6. What is your group’s action plan or project to address these issues?
  7. Amount of funds being requested via a microgrant.
  8. How will the funds be used to implement your diversity commitment? Be clear about why the value you are requesting is necessary for your diversity commitment to become actionable.
  9. How will you measure success of your project or initiative in May 2017?


Applications for microgrants must be received no later than Friday, February 17, 2017. Decisions on funding will be made by the end of February 2017 and funds will be disbursed shortly thereafter.


If you have questions prior to submitting this application, feel free to contact Caleb Munro via the email provided above or by phone at (646) 573-0551.