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Join the conversation at the Rocky Mountain Youth Summit. Make YOUR voice heard! 

The Rocky Mountain Youth Summit provides teens and youths with a voice to discuss everyday issues in their community with their peers. Build confidence, learn effective problem-solving skills and become a better leader!

2018 Topics: Diversity | Culture | Community Engagement



Alex will talk about the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. He wants to help students understand that their interests can be part of a solution. 

When Alex was 13, he created a fitness class for kids because he loves to exercise and because he wanted to combat obesity in his local neighborhood. Today, that fitness class has grown into an 8-week summer program, and was recently featured in the Denver Post. 

People say that youth can make a difference in their communities and they say it because it’s true. It doesn’t matter how young you are or how much money you have. There are many ways to make a difference and it all begins with your passion. What are you enthusiastic about and in what ways can that help you make an impact in your communities?  


Michael Garcia is an LGBTQ activist, public speaker and social media influencer. Michael gained recognition in January 2015 when he released his coming out video with the Personal Stories Project. Michael has spoken at various LGBTQ prides, colleges and nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

In December 2016, Michael collaborated with the Matthew Shepard Foundation in sharing his story on their youth blog, Matthew’s Place. 

In December 2017, Michael released an anti-bullying video on Matthew’s Place with the hope that his bullying experience would inspire other youth. 

Michael won the 2016-2017 Best Instagrammer- Fan Favorite award for 303 Magazine. He also landed on the 2016 September cover of the Revolutionary Gay Magazine and was the host of the 2017 Paper Fashion Show. 

He is currently on the board of the One Club for Creativity and is one of the producers of the 2018 Paper Fashion Show.


Kari will be speaking on the topic of self-empowerment and how to make the best of the life you live! You do you!

Kari is a speaker on topics such as emotional intelligence, bully prevention, cultural competency, dealing with difficult people, conflict resolution, parent engagement, everyday mindfulness and demystifying deafness. 

Kari is an avid traveler who has traveled solo to 13 countries and has a vast knowledge of different cultural practices and perspectives, allowing her to share her awareness of society through public speaking. 


“We all have obstacles in life. It is ultimately our attitude that determines whether they block our path to success, or strengthen us on our journey.” - Alvin Law 

Alvin Law is a Hall-of-Fame keynote speaker and Attitude Expert who uses his story to challenge and inspire even the most resistant, heard-it-all-before audience. As a living, breathing example of the power of attitude, he busts through the self-imposed blockages we all have about who we are and what we can achieve, and provokes us to examine and rewrite the stories we tell ourselves about our role, our abilities and our lives.


Two women who were living in the United States undocumented. They will share the hardships of adapting into the Mexican and American culture. They will talk about DACA and other issues that they faced. 

Julieta Quiñonez is a first-generation college student with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Denver. For 15 years, Julieta has been a community organizer for equality and justice for all. She has led youth and parents in various campaigns to achieve educational and racial justice for youth and immigrant rights. Julieta is very passionate about access to college preparatory level education for all students and closing the achievement gap. She currently serves on the Latin American Educational Foundation Young Professionals Board and presents various motivational and educational workshops across nonprofit organizations in metro Denver. 

Quiñonez is now a Denver Public Schools Multicultural Outreach Manager where she leads outreach efforts in the Spanish, Vietnamese and refugee communities to strengthen parent engagement. Julieta co-hosts social integration shows EDUCA Radio and EDUCA TV to empower communities to be active participants in school policies and issues in public education.

Agendas and Locations

Denver Marriott Westminster
7000 Church Ranch Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80021

8:30-9 a.m - Breakfast Meet and Greet - Check In
9-9:30 a.m. - Welcome from the Mayor, Council and YAP Members
9:30-11 a.m. - Keynote speaker: Kari Knutson – Just Do You
11-11:30 a.m. - Zumba
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch: provided by the Marriott
1-2:30 p.m. - Speaker: Alvin Law
2:30-2:45 p.m. - Break
2:45-4:45 p.m. - Large Breakout Groups: Kari Knutson, Michael Garcia, Alex Aleman
4:45-5 p.m. - Closure by the Youth Advisory Panel Chair and Vice Chair
5-6 p.m. – Dinner provided by Cheese Please, 5280 Burger Bar and Sweet Cow
6-9 p.m. - Social/Dance/Activities

City Park Recreation Center
10455 Sheridan Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80020

9:00-9:30 a.m. - Breakfast
9:30-10 a.m. - Jason Genck (City of Westminster Parks, Recreation and Libraries Director) and Youth Advisory Panel Members
10-11 a.m. - Speaker: Julieta Quinonez and Monica Acosta- Just Like Us
11 a.m. to noon - Crazy Olympics: Up with People
noon to 1 p.m. - Lunch
1-2 p.m. - Small Breakout Groups: Youth Advisory Panel, Human Resources
2-3:45 p.m. - Community Service Project: Westminster FISH and Blanket-making Donation
3:45-4 p.m. - Ivan Mendoza, YAP Vice Chair


All registered participants will have the opportunity to win one of several themed prize baskets or the grand prize basket, which includes an iPad Mini!


Friday Only: $15
Saturday Only: $15
Friday AND Saturday: $20

Register online using the link below. When asked for a username and password, simply click “continue as guest” to proceed to checkout without creating a household account (existing City of Westminster WebTrac users may choose to login to expedite checkout).


About the Youth Advisory Panel

The Westminster Youth Advisory Panel is made up of two or more representatives from local area high schools as well as "at large" members who are home schooled within our city. Our purpose is to advise City Council and city staff members about matters that concern youth and teens in our city today. These matters include development of citywide community and/or neighborhood programs that address both the short- and long-term needs of Westminster's youth and teen population. In addition to advising city leaders, we give back to our community by taking part in monthly community service projects, which consist of food and clothing drives and running city events, as well as other projects. To join, fill out the application below:

The Youth Advisory Panel Application


For further information about the Rocky Mountain Youth Summit or the Westminster Youth Advisory Panel, please contact: 

Cindy McDonald
Phone: 303-658-2219