Brighton Youth Commission
The Brighton Youth Commission (BYC) is a body of 22 youth and 6 adults that are appointed by the city council to study and investigate matters impacting youth in the City of Brighton. The BYC plans and implements projects addressing these matters.
The Brighton Youth Commissioners go through an application process and are selected based on leadership, commitment, and desire to make an impact in their community. The Brighton Youth Commissioners meet twice a month, serve at community events, and host special service projects throughout the year. For more information please contact Tawnya Russell. Check out the BYC website here.
Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Knowledge (SPEAK) is a mental health awareness program that is youth-led and youth-driven. It consists of a week-long series of education in schools which culminates in the 5k Walk/Run. Members of the community were profoundly impacted with the 2011 death of Joshua Dillon, a Brighton High School Senior. In order to draw attention to the importance of mental health and to spread the message of healing and hope, SPEAK was born.
Since 2012, the BYC has planned SPEAK week to promote awareness about mental health and break down the stigmas surrounding it. SPEAK also aims to raise awareness of local resources for those who are in need.
During the inaugural year, the results of SPEAK week were phenomenal. Members of the BYC raised about $7,000, in addition to providing activities in two local high schools and hosted about 150 people at the first SPEAK 5K Walk.
Since 2012, the BYC has raised more than $100,00 to support SPEAK mental health initiatives. In 2019 SPEAK’s interactive and educational activities were offered in 14 27j schools. For more information please contact Tawnya Russell. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please call the suicide prevention hotline number: 1-800-273-TALK
The walk brings out a sea of support from members throughout the Colorado Community. The 5k Walk/Run is held at Carmichael Park and has some type of entertainment. The walk helps bring awareness to the severity of teen suicide while helping to educate the community and break down the stigmas that surround mental illness. The $15 registration fee provides each of the walkers with a commemorative t-shirt as well as a coupon book and event bag.
Youth on City Boards
Residents can volunteer to help guide the City of Brighton by serving on one of our Boards and Commissions, each with specific responsibilities. Each Board and Commission makes recommendations to the City Council and city staff on matters related to its area of responsibility.
Becoming a member of a Board or Commission is an excellent way to become active in the decision-making process of city government and offers citizens an opportunity to provide expertise in areas of individual interest. All positions are voluntary and vary in length of terms and time commitments.
Youth offer a unique perspective to the work of city boards. Youth are affected by the decisions of these city boards and youth voice is necessary to ensure that these decisions are the best possible decisions for the community as a whole. The Brighton Youth Commission has youth serving on the Legacy Foundation, The Planning Commission, The Historic Preservation Commission, The Parks and Rec Advisory Board. Youth-serving in these positions are a liaison between youth in the community and policymakers in the community.
Teen Town Hall
The inaugural Teen Town Hall was hosted by the Brighton Youth Commission in the Fall of 2018. Teen Town Hall aims to facilitate discussion between young people and the policymakers in the City of Brighton. Be the change you want to see in the world and attend this year’s Teen Town Hall. Check back later for more details!