Youth Opportunities Program
The Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) is a leadership and grantmaking program for City of Boulder youth. The program promotes youth civic engagement and leadership development, organizes community events, and provides technical and financial assistance to youth-serving organizations.
Since 1994 the YOP has:
• Allocated over two million dollars in sales tax funds to provide more than 100,000 youth with access to cultural, educational and recreational activities
• Funded programs in over 150 schools and organizations
• Fostered young people contributing over 55,000 hours of volunteer service to the community
A significant number of youth served are low income or people of color. The YOP helps local agencies improve program quality, enhance services to underserved youth and leverage tax dollars to secure other funding.
The YOP impacts Boulder youth in varied ways, including:
• Young people educate each other about preventing risk behaviors.
• Middle school parents get advice from high school students about how to support their children as they enter 9th grade.
• Students’ academic participation increases through involvement in programs the YOP funds.
• As one teen-ager finds his voice, another learns to stop herself from interrupting her peers.
• A YOP grant enables a poet to teach 8th graders to write poetry, who in turn teach 3rd graders.
• EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) receives hundreds of pounds of toiletries donated by middle school students.
• A 12-year-old applies for a grant enabling her to attend summer camp and receives her first personal check.
A significant aspect of the YOP is the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB), which is comprised of 16 students from five local high schools. Past YOAB projects include:
• Conducting a youth survey about youth needs
• Creating a video about the achievement gap
• Organizing the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally and youth writing contest
• YOAB’s Community Projects
YOP Mission: YOP strengthens the community through empowering youth, providing opportunities for youth, encouraging youth civic participation and volunteer work, and advising city government.
Local Youth Leadership Opportunities
This is a list of many different local civic engagement programs middle or high school students can become involved in. Many of them tend to be longer-term commitments than the volunteer opportunities listed below.
Youth Volunteer Information
View the list of local youth volunteer opportunities which are organized by age.
Read about YOAB’s annual celebration of the 2012 Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award Recipients.
2012-2013 List of YOP Grant Awardees
2011-2012 List of YOP Grant Awardees
Alice Swett Youth Opportunities Program Coordinator
Rose Garcia Youth Opportunities Program Assistant
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:00