Lafayette youth plan big weekend

April 25, 2013

Green-a-Palooza, SeLebration, Jubilee for Justice slated for Friday, Saturday

By Doug Pike

Colorado Hometown Weekly

Posted:   04/25/2013 01:00:00 AM MDT

Lafayette is in for a youth-driven jolt of energy this weekend, with three youth-organized events on tap, focused on service and public awareness.

On Friday evening, April 26, Centaurus High School sophomores who participate in the University of Colorado's Public Achievement program will present Green-a-Palooza -- an Earth Day inspired event designed to bring awareness to global warming.

Starting at 6 p.m. at Festival Plaza, 309 South Public Road in Lafayette, student presenters will speak on a number of environmental issues and green practices.

"Members of the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee will be making presentations," said Elaina Verveer, CU Public Achievement Director. "They have the day off from school Friday and will be drafting their remarks on green practices, like sustainability."

In recent months, Centaurus students have researched environmental issues and worked alongside CU student coaches to develop the cooperative service learning project.

In addition to Centaurus students, speakers from the CU chapter of the Colorado Ocean Coalition and the Thorne Nature Experience will make brief remarks.

Music entertainment will be provided.

At sunset, or around 7:30 p.m., Eats & Sweets ice cream shop and deli, 401 South Public Road, will present Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax" on a 16-foot projection screen in Festival Plaza. Visitors are invited to stay through the film, which will conclude around 9:45 p.m.

"Eats & Sweets is really great about partnering with relevent nonprofits and schools," Verveer said.

Eats & Sweets owner Bobby Pangilinan said 15 percent of the night's proceeds will go to a local environmental group of Centaurus students' choosing.

"It's a great event the kids are organizing, and we just want to support what they're doing," Pangilinan said.

The event is free to the public. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Jubilee for Justice set for Saturday morning

Saturday morning, after Green-a-Palooza, Centaurus Public Achievement students will host Jubilee for Justice from 9:30 to 1:45 a.m. at Kids' Park Lafayette, 101 North Bermont Ave.

The event, designed to promote inclusivity and acceptance, includes service projects, interactive activities and a performance by a Centaurus student band. The event agenda includes the dedication of a new Kids' Park sign, created in collaboration with students with disabilities.

Jubilee for Justice will conclude with an anti-discrimination march to Pioneer Elementary School, 101 East Baseline Road.

Project YES to host annual SeLebration

In conjunction with Jubilee for Justice and Global Youth Services Day on Saturday, April 27, Project YES (Youth Envisioning Social change) will host its 11th annual SeLebration community service day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"This year's SeLebration will focus on artistic expression and the beautification of Lafayette," said Project YES executive director Laura Powers.

The theme of this year's event is "Serving locally and giving globally." The projects will include large-scale murals as well as garden clean-ups.

Volunteers check in at Pioneer Elementary for registration and enjoy a free breakfast before starting work on various community projects around Lafayette. Afterward, volunteers are invited to return to Pioneer Elementary for a free lunch and entertainment, including music, a participatory dance performance, face painting and kids' activities.

Community volunteers of all ages are invited to sign up in advance at They may preselect their project preference if desired. Preregistration is encouraged, however, walk in volunteers on the day of the event are also accepted.

In addition to the local focus, Project YES will be collecting school supplies for a school in Accra, Ghana. Project YES board member and CU dance professor Maputo Mensah will take collected supplies to his home country of Ghana later this year. For more information visit

SeLebration stands for Service Learning Celebration, where community members are asked to give back to their community by offering volunteer service for one day. Lafayette's SeLebration is scheduled to coordinate with Global Youth Service Day. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world. It is celebrated each year in more than 100 countries.

Contact Hometown editor Doug Pike at or 720-648-5022.

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