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's Children, Youth and Environments Center, 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.
Please enjoy Growing Up Boulder's Annual Report for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
This June, results from the integration of the Great, Green Neighborhoods project into an Environmental Design praxis were published in CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts: Victoria Derr (2015): Integrating community engagement and children's voices into design and planning education, CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, DOI: 10.1080/15710882.2015.1054842
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
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