Growing Up Boulder Kids Raise Their Voices for FUN(draising) - April 2021

Come FUNdraise with us on May 4th!


Experience youth voices in action and learn about the inspiring impact of child-friendly cities! Join us to celebrate our 1st annual Growing Up Boulder FUNdraiser, which will be kicked off by Congressman Joe Neguse and hosted by our enthusiastic team of child and youth emcees.

Donate today! Growing Up Boulder is a small but mighty nonprofit, impacting 2.5 million people globally and 6,000 young people locally. Your donation will support our covid-adapted youth curriculum, more substantially integrate culturally-grounded practices in all of our engagements, and create training modules to bring GUB’s child-friendly city model to new communities across Colorado and the US.

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Growing Up Boulder - In the News!

“Looking back now I understand, WOW, my voice made an impact and that’s a really good feeling!”
--Mads, GUB Program Alumni, about her role in co-designing the Creekside Playground in the Boulder Civic Area

Mads, one of our youth FUNdraiser hosts, and Growing Up Boulder’s Director & Co-Founder, Mara Mintzer, were interviewed on KGNU's "A Public Affair" about the importance of integrating youth voices in local government.

listen to the interview here

In Other News !


After a successful 12 years housed at the University of Colorado’s CEDaR Center, Growing Up Boulder is spinning off to become a nonprofit under the fiscal sponsorship of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC).  GUB will continue to partner closely with CU’s CEDaR Center, CU’s School of Education, BVSD, the City of Boulder, and other key partners while expanding its efforts to impact communities outside of Boulder.

“Growing Up Boulder began as a service-based research project and evolved into a program that is now more deeply embedded in the community. It will continue as a CEDaR affiliate with more flexibility to raise money and cultivate new relationships to expand its programs. Spinning it off strengthens GUB and benefits all its partners."

 -- Brian Muller, CEDaR Faculty Director

©CU Boulder Today

“Growing Up Boulder will continue its deep partnership with CU Boulder as it evolves during its next phase. It grew from a strong foundation in academia, and students and faculty have been key to our success." 

 -- Mara Mintzer, GUB Director & Co-Founder

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The Fight Against Oppression And Injustice

We want acknowledge the challenging times our communities [continue to] face in regards to gun violence, hate crimes, anti-trans legislation and anti-voting legislation. In spite of all these challenges, we at Growing Up Boulder believe that the young people of the nation, supported by their adult allies, will continue to be leaders against oppression and injustice, as they have been throughout history!

Growing Up Boulder's Vision and mission

Growing Up Boulder's vision is to lead a global movement in child-friendly cities through participatory planning with young people, resulting in better communities for all. Growing Up Boulder's mission is to empower young people with opportunities for inclusion, influence, and deliberation on local issues that affect their lives. ​

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