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STAMP Youth Leadership Council

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage
Blacks, African Heritage
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The year-round STAMP Youth Leadership Council (YLC) amplifies and centers youth voices, perspectives, and ideas in all aspects of the CIRCLE organization and equips young people with the tools to create positive, lasting change within their communities. The YLC is for STAMP high school student leaders who want to support CIRCLE through programmatic decision making, peer-to-peer engagement, and the facilitation of inclusive, transformational learning offerings for both youth and adults.

As students continue their leadership journey, a selected group of STAMP leaders have the chance to serve as ambassadors for CIRCLE. These students engage year-round through programmatic decision-making, program development, and facilitation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2019, students expressed a need for space and place to be the leaders they know they can be and thus forming the YLC. They co-created a wellness wheel to outline their vision for holistic wellness (an example of fostering youth voice, leadership, and agency), prioritizing growth in body, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. This vision has shown up in supporting the other STAMP student leaders in radical self-care activities, coordinating student engagement at marches in Denver, and facilitating during STAMP Conference planning meetings.

Last school year, the YLC coordinated a Park day with games and personal care packages for each student leader thanking them for their participation in the STAMP Conference.

YLC Students share:
" Being a part of STAMP prepared me for the leadership opportunities in college."

Culturally Responsive Practices

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Teachers
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

CIRCLE is committed to working with educational and non-profit communities to cultivate inclusive practices that support all members of diverse communities in living and working more fully as themselves. This is accomplished through professional development, curriculum, keynotes, workshops, and assemblies.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We are working across sectors to guide organizations to meet their equity and inclusiveness goals. Our requests for ongoing support and consultation have increased. People and organizations in the community have expressed a great need for our services, and once we engage with them they share how the workshops, coaching and resources we provide enhances their overall organizational development.
Recent groups CIRCLE has contracted with include;
The Colorado Trust - Health Equity Advocacy Project
The City of Boulder - Bias & Microaggression Project
The Colorado Children's Campaign - Dismantling White Supremacy & Org development through Equity Team & PoC Committee
Escuela de Guadalupe - Multicultural education

CIRCLE Cultural Cafe

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Parents
Teachers
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The CIRCLE Cultural Cafe is an annual diversity and inclusiveness conference for community leaders, educators, board members, parents, and students committed to building more inclusive school communities. The CIRCLE promotes a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and moves beyond celebrations and awareness by intentionally approaching specific issues that surround inclusiveness in a multifaceted approach by exploring opportunities, knowledge, and skills.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The CIRCLE Conference/Convergence is a well-known, long-running diversity, equity and inclusiveness full-day annual conference. This year, the program turned virtual which enables us to offer multiple conferences now throughout the year. CIRCLE provides programming for nearly 2,000 people each year, many being returners to enhance their learning.

STAMP Conference

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Teachers

Description


STAMP Conference

The STAMP Conference is a daylong diversity and inclusiveness conference/experience for middle school students designed and facilitated by high school students from across the Denver metro area. STAMP stands for Students Taking Action and Making Progress and the conference equips middle school youth from across the Denver area and beyond with tools to build more inclusive communities in their home schools. What makes this experience so unique is the coming together of diverse students from varied high schools and middle schools, representing public, private, charter and independent school communities. The high school leaders who plan the conference receive leadership and facilitation training and are empowered to design and create every workshop for the conference. In year one, we began with just a dozen high school leaders and in October 2015 we had 60 high school leaders creating, facilitating and leading the STAMP program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over half of our student leaders were middle school participants. Each year the program continues to grow. The program adapted to the virtual setting during the school year 2020/2021 which enabled our STAMP leaders to facilitate to middle school students outside of Colorado. This school year the STAMP Conference had great success back in person using a COVID-19 safe approach, reaching over 160 students.

STAMP Summer Camps

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage
Blacks, African Heritage
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The summer STAMP Camps provide high school students with more intensive and experiential learning opportunities to support them in their transformational leadership development. All camp participants learn directly from community leaders, partake in hands-on activities within communities addressing issues related to social justice, and develop a 'toolkit' they can use to further equity across their own communities.

Through three different camp offerings, students have the opportunity to learn and grow together as they move through their own identity journey:

STAMP Rising -- Leadership of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Denver, Colorado | June 8-10, 2022

This camp is for students entering 9th - 10th grade who want to begin learning more about leadership, their own identities, and who they can spark change in their communities. This camp provides foundational understanding and language for young people who are ready to take action & make progress in inclusive, intentional ways.

STAMP in the City -- Pride, Power & Preservation: Leaders of Right Now
Denver, Colorado | June 20-24, 2022

This camp is for students in 10th - 12th grade who want to deepen their understanding of leadership and work directly with different community leaders and organizations throughout Denver who are creating change in their backyards. This week-long experience is for students ready to move

STAMP On the Go 2.0 -- To STAMP & Beyond
Taos, New Mexico | July 5-11, 2022

This camp is for students in 11th - 12th grade, or just graduated, who want to reflect on their own leadership style and how to best care for themselves and their communities. Students leave prepared not just to sustain their own change-making efforts and goals but to thrive as transformational leaders everywhere they go.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our STAMP Camps provide students a brave space to dig deeper into their understanding of themselves and their leadership. Many of our campers have shared the camp experiences are transformational to their development.

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