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Youth Health

Denver Public Health is dedicated to the health and wellness of Denver's youth. Our programs work to ensure that Denver's youth grow to live long and healthy lives.

"For most adolescents, adolescence is not the time of rebellion, crisis, pathology and deviance. A far more accurate vision of adolescence is that it is time of evaluation, decision making, commitment and carving out a place in the world. Most of the problems of today's youth are not with the youth themselves. What adolescents need is access to a range of legitimate opportunities and to long-term support from adults who care deeply about them."- Crosnoe & Trinitapoli, 2008: Lerner, Boyd & Du, 2008

Why focus on youth?

Transitioning from a child to an adult is an important developmental time in a person's life. Young people's brains and bodies are changing and they are faced with many important decisions on a variety of topics. The decisions require knowledge and skills. How they deal with challenges, how they set goals and achieve success, and how they talk with their families about their decisions are among the complex set of questions young people ask and answer every day - all which sets the stage for their health and success as adults.

Guiding framework for our youth health program

Denver Public Health's Youth Health Program applies a positive youth development framework to our efforts to advance youth health. In practice, this approach guides us to incorporate the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies so that young people reach their full potential.