Growing Up Boulder is a “child- and youth-friendly city initiative” that is based out of the University of Colorado Boulder's Environmental Design Program. It began in the spring of 2009 as a partnership between the University of Colorado, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Valley School District, former State Senator Dorothy Rupert, local non-profits and businesses, and children and youth from ages 0-18. Child- and youth-friendly cities are locales in which children’s rights are reflected in local policies, laws, programs and budgets. These cities work to realize children’s rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our vision is to make Boulder an exemplary child- and youth-friendly city. We accomplish this through many diverse partnerships and supporters.
- The Child in the City website highlights the European Union's Network of Child Friendly Cities as well as allied cities elsewhere in the world, including Asia Pacific and now, Boulder, Colorado! Child Friendly Cities Add Value to Resilience Planning, November 3, 2015; Parks for Teens: 10 Features Teens Want to See, December 2, 2015; Young People’s Perspectives on “15 Minute Neighborhoods” - December 15, 2015; Children Seek Greater Access to Nature - January 20, 2016; Five Applications of Photovoice as a Method for Children's Participation - February 2, 2016; The Power of Play in Planning with Refugees - February 18, 2016; Assessing participatory processes for child friendly cities - March 17, 2016.
- We have recently published a number of articles about Growing Up Boulder's work. Click here to view them.
- Growing Up Boulder children presented their ideas for the Boulder Civic Area to City Council on November 10, 2015. Click here to see how their ideas influenced the master plan and here to see their comments to council. Children's comments begin at 48:00.
- In October, Growing Up Boulder shared its work at the Understanding Risk Boulder conference and as part of the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Best Practices Workshop.
- The City of Boulder has released its nature play report that integrates themes and ideas from Growing Up Boulder's work into a citywide initiative to increase opportunities for nature play within the city.
- Growing Up Boulder's Civic Area work was featured on CU's Outreach and Engagement Website: Fresh Perspectives: Growing Up Boulder Involves Youth in City Planning
Growing Up Boulder has been fortunate to receive three recent awards for its work:
- CU's Office for University Outreach and Engagement awarded Growing Up Boulder for its proposal, "Resilient and Comprehensive: Planning for Child-Friendly Cities" for its 2015-2016 outreach.
- CU Engage awarded the Children, Youth, and Environments Participatory Research Grant for "Children's Perceptions of Resilience: A Boulder-Mexico City Exchange." Through this research, Growing Up Boulder will collaborate with researchers in Mexico City to explore themes of resilience in two cities that are part of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Network.
- CU Engage also awarded CU Faculty Victoria Derr and Jill Litt as Community Based Learning Faculty Fellows to integrate Growing Up Boulder's research into spring courses at CU.
Boulder County Creative Community Conversations: Experiences of Immigration Summit. Tori Derr and Gianni Franchesci presented the YSI PhotoVoice Project in a session titled "Stories of Immigration through PhotoVoice." April 18, 2015
Growing Up Boulder is a partnership between the Program in Environmental Design, Boulder Valley School District, and City of Boulder
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