Caleb Munro’s mission to empower Colorado’s youth
Caleb Munro is one of the Top 25 Young Professionals of 2021
Caleb Munro, 39
Executive Director, Youth Celebrate Diversity | Greenwood Village
In 1994, the first statewide Cherry Creek Diversity Conference drew students from 18 schools—including Caleb Munro.
Four years later, he became a volunteer. And in 2014, Munro took the conference to the next level with the creation of Youth Celebrate Diversity (YCD), a nonprofit designed to provide youth with the skills they need to speak out about injustice and to feel safe in their schools and communities.
“Our nonprofit’s model is all about paying it forward and empowering others,” Munro says. “When I see teens who were once marginalized and struggling now being proud of their identity and energized to make positive change in their schools and communities — that’s success.”
With the pandemic making the usual conference impossible, Munro took the process virtual and revised the YCD website to offer valuable online resources and trainings for both students and educators, as well as a step-by-step guide for students to create or expand a social justice/diversity club.
Munro’s achievements include organizing the Mountain West Regional Diversity Conference for West Slope students, as well as diversity conferences in Wyoming and New Mexico. He also helped organize the inaugural Colorado Summit for Inclusive Teen Athletics and Activities and created workshops for educators on Teaching for Equity and Social Justice.
His No. 1 goal: “To bring YCD’s programming to every high school in Colorado, and eventually expand our work into other states, including Arizona, California and Texas.”
This article is part of the ColoradoBiz’s 2021 Top 25 Young Professionals. Click here to read more about the latest class of up-and-coming movers and shakers.