Growing Up Boulder

Creating Community Impact


A 5th grade student shares recommendations for the North Boulder Library during online learning in May 2020.

Reflecting upon 2019-20

The end of the school year coincides with the end of GUB's/the University's fiscal year, so it is the perfect time to reflect upon the previous 12 months.  And what a year it's been!  In spite of all the challenges, we have much to celebrate when it comes to elevating the voices of Boulder's young people and sharing our lessons learned abroad.  GUB worked with 856 local children and youth, and our team of only 2 part-time staff plus our trusty CU student interns and volunteers contributed a remarkable 3,654 hours to GUB work!  We shared our model with almost 2,000 people worldwide through lectures, webinars, trainings, and keynotes.  We hope you enjoy reading the stories behind the numbers in our new, GUB 2019-2020 Annual Report.  

Local youth leaders join the GUB team


Paola Garcia Barrón is serving as one of GUB's first Youth leaders.

"As I continue to grow, my passion for engagement and advocacy in the community does as well. Being able to work with GUB, a program whose purpose is to build a “child- and youth- friendly city,” excites me. I have found a place were I can express myself, engage with the community, and let voices of all ages be heard when building the future of our community."

--Paola Garcia Barrón

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new program: Growing Up Boulder Youth Leaders! 

We have engaged 3 Leaders so far; two are in high school, and the third is starting at CU this fall.  We will feature leaders in each of our upcoming newsletters.

GUB Youth Leaders will: 

  1. Represent GUB to their peers and the community
  2. Serve as members of the GUB Executive Committee
  3. Plan and facilitate community engagements
  4. Serve as "young community connectors"
  5. Connect their schoolwork and passions with GUB's work
  6. Collaborate with GUB to elevate both GUB and their own social media platforms.

To learn more about Paola, watch this video, which was recorded when she won a "Women Who Light the Community" award in 2019.

Educate and Connect Through Social Justice Picture Books


Like many other non-profits, Growing Up Boulder is experiencing COVID-19 related budget cuts.  We rely upon our community of Growing Up Boulder fans more than ever. Donate today to empower the next generation of bold leaders and change makers!

Growing Up Boulder's Vision and mission

Growing Up Boulder's​ vision is to make Boulder an exemplary child- and youth-friendly city. Growing Up Boulder's mission is to empower Boulder's young people with opportunities for inclusion, influence, and deliberation on local issues that affect their lives. ​

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