Raising the Bar Recap

Raising the Bar Recap

The staff and board at Colorado Youth Matter would like to thank all of you who joined us at Raising the Bar in October. With over 140 attendees from across Colorado and a wonderful repertoire of speakers and presenters, we are proud to say that this year's conference was an incredible success. The season for giving thanks is quickly approaching and we extend our gratitude to each of you as we continue to collaboratively advance youth sexual health in Colorado.


Check out our photo highlights from the conference below.

Marlene is getting the registration table ready – we can’t wait for everyone to arrive to the American Mountaineering Center in Golden!



We have our coffee and are ready to get the conference going!



Lisa, our executive director and fearless leader, gets Day 1 of Raising the Bar off to a great start!



Our first plenary session of the conference – an awesome panel talking about the Call to Action, moderated by Colorado Youth Matter and CDPHE

cta panel


#DataNerds getting ready to present on the latest trends in teen birth and STI rates!



Yay for group collaboration!

group work


More great presentations – this one featured a panel making the link between Academic Achievement and Sexual Health!

aa sh panel


Our fantastic Thursday keynote speaker Cory Silverberg talking about inclusivity in sex education and sexual health, and highlighted his awesome new book, What Makes a Baby.

cory keynote


Beautiful a cappella choir providing entertainment at our reception at the end of Day 1



Colorado Youth Matter staff and past board members presenting awards to our Champions for Youth Sexual Health: Lori Casillas, Adrian Nava, and Scarlett Jimenez



Cory Silverberg’s books at the reception…



...and Cory was there to sign them in person!

book signing


More great presentations on Day 2 of the conference! So much great information to learn in so little time!



Current and past Colorado Youth Matter staff, board, and youth council members, celebrating the end of a successful conference with Dr. Joycelyn Elders! 

elders group


And that’s a wrap! Thanks again to everyone who joined us at Raising the Bar 2013, and make sure you like our Facebook page and are signed up for our newsletter to stay in the know about our future events!

Thank you to our conference sponsors: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Health/Denver Public Health, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Journeyworks Publishing.