FAQ for Donors

It’s not every day you hear about high school students working to make their schools safer for diversity. Read below for answers to basic questions about the conference.

When is the conference?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Who can attend the conference?

This conference is open to all high school students and their adult faculty advisors. For more information, visit the registration page.

How much does it cost to attend?

Each participant (student or adult) attends for $22/person if they register before November 27, 2016. This price includes a continental breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, and the entire day’s programming. After November 27, the price increases to $27/person, so we encourage each school group to register early.

While we’ve attempted to keep conference fees at a reasonable rate, we don’t want any school to miss the opportunity due to budget limitations. If an organization is having difficulty coming up with the fees, we encourage schools to contact us and we will do our best to work out an agreeable solution.

What happens at a diversity conference?

Students and faculty advisors hear from a keynote speaker, participate in discussion groups, attend two workshops and plan with their schools on how to incorporate what they’ve learned into their communities. See the schedule for more information.

What workshops are offered?

Most unique to our conference are the two workshop sessions, each of which can be selected by every attendee. The subjects of these workshops vary widely from class and poverty issues, to education and school climate, to historical or racial and ethnic topics.  See a list of workshops offered at our event.

Who runs the conference?

The conference is devised and planned for by the Executive Committee, a team of some thirty students and adults who plan the conference in its entirety. The committee is open to all high school students, faculty advisors, and interested members of the public and is overseen by two student co-chairs. Additionally, two adult co-directors manage the administrative and logistic aspects of the conference.

How successful is the conference?

While it is nearly impossible to gauge the full impact of the conference each year, we ask participants for detailed evaluations each year to help guide us in our efforts.

How did this conference get started?

In 1993, Janet Sammons, a history and social studies teacher at Cherry Creek High School, noticed teens across the state were dealing with the same issues and problems, but many times did not have the resources or knowledge to address their diversity concerns. After creating the conference, word spread across the state, and 23 years later we had 84 schools participate. Every year for the last 10 years the conference has reached capacity and had to turn away schools due to space limitations.

What is the conference’s operating budget? Where does it get its funding?

The 2017 conference will run on an operating budget of approximately $35,000. Expenses include building and utility expenses, security, custodial assistance, performance and speaking fees, administrative costs, supplies and food. The conference derives the majority of its income from registration fees of participating schools. Additional funding is provided through numerous donations by private foundations, companies and individuals. Please note no one on the executive committee receives a salary and all work done by the students and adults is on a volunteer basis.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. The Cherry Creek Diversity Conference is a program of Youth Celebrate Diversity, a non-profit organization that is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to Youth Celebrate Diversity are tax-deductible.

To whom should checks be made payable?

Youth Celebrate Diversity

Where do I send donations?

Youth Celebrate Diversity
PO Box 70556
Bethesda, MD 20813

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