Growing Up Boulder (GUB) is a “child- and youth-friendly city initiative" that began in Spring 2009 as a partnership between:

  • the Children, Youth and Environments Center at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • the city of Boulder, the Boulder Valley School District
  • former State Senator Dorothy Rupert
  • local nonprofits and businesses
  • Boulder's children and youth

Child- and youth-friendly cities are locales in which children’s rights are reflected in local policies, laws, programs and budgets. While Boulder already does much to support its children and youth, there is still work to be done.

Our vision is to make Boulder an exemplary child- and youth-friendly city. Our mission is to empower Boulder's young people with opportunities for inclusion, influence, and deliberation on local issues that affect their lives. We accomplish this through many diverse partnerships and supporters. Because underrepresented children and youth are even less likely to have their voices heard than majority groups, we aim for 50 perecent or more of Growing Up Boulder participants to include young people from the following backgrounds: immigrants, English Language Learners, low-income, ethnic minorities, first generation college-bound students and/or young people with disabilities. 

Growing Up Boulder's programmatic goals:

  • Give GUB partners a voice in setting the direction of GUB projects.
  • Make Boulder a more inclusive place for children and youth of all income levels, ethnicities and abilities.
  • Ensure meaningful opportunities for young people’s participation in Boulder decision-making.
  • Disseminate lessons learned from GUB to the community (Boulder-at-large, youth, academics, GUB partners, other child-friendly city communities).

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Growing Up Boulder (GUB) initiatives during 2018-2019 included the Child-Friendly City Map Project, featured in numerous media including Colorado Public Radio, and GUB’s partnership with Go Boulder, offering input on how young children travel around town for the Transportation Master Plan.