Youth Leadership Opportunities

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Below is a list of groups and organizations that you can participate in.

Click on a category to view additional details.

Centennial Youth Commission

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The youth commission is a group of eleven teens (ages ranging from 13-18) formed by the Centennial city council to provide a voice for the youth of Centennial.

They participate in City-wide events, develop community programs, performs community service projects and participate in the policy-making process.

You can get involved and learn more on our Youth Commission page.

As a part of the Youth Commission, you will develop community programs, service people in Centennial, and give input to the Centennial city council.

Teen Court

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The Centennial Municipal Court and the Youth Commission work in partnership with students to administer Teen Court. Teen Court is run entirely by youth including a jury of peers. Teen Courts have proven to be tremendously successful in other jurisdictions resulting in fewer repeat offenses. With an emphasis on early intervention, prevention and a commitment to restorative justice, the City hopes to better address the needs of youth while ensuring safety in our community.

View additional information in the Teen Court Brochure(PDF, 611KB).

You can get involved by contacting

Phone: 303-754-3380
Fax: 303-754-3389
Attn: Holly Watt

As a part of Teen Court, you will sentence juveniles, work with the Municipal Court, and learn about the Judicial process.

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Youth Citizens’ Academy

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"The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Youth Citizens’ Academy gives you an inside look at the sheriff’s office from patrol to detention to investigations to our specialty teams like the Bomb Squad, K-9 and HAZMAT."

Five-day summer academy for teens ages 14 - 18.

Find more information at

Get involved by contacting: Phone: 720-874-3746

By joining a five-day academy at the Arapahoe Sheriff Department, you will get an inside look of serving as a sheriff in the community.

Arapahoe Libraries

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"We depend on volunteers to teach computer classes, help with early childhood literacy programs, work with The Friends of Arapahoe Libraries, shelve library materials, assist with the Summer Reading Program and so much more."

You can get involved by signing up at

As a library volunteer, you will assist in teaching younger children, work with library materials, and help with programs available at Arapahoe Libraries.

South Metro Fire Explorer Program

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"This program is in cooperation with the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA), Learning for Life Exploring and other host fire agencies, is to offer young men and women real life experiences, training, and exposure to the career opportunities in the fire service. Second, it provides a reliable and effective means for preparing and eventually recruiting the firefighters of tomorrow from our surrounding communities."

Find more information at

Get involved by contacting

While participating in South Metro Fire Rescue's Fire Explorer Program, you will gain valuable insight into the fire service profession, take part in hands-on career activities, and have the opportunity to ride along with a South Metro crew.

South Suburban Parks & Recreation

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"Make a difference in your community. Give back to what you love, from your local park to your favorite recreational program. We have volunteer opportunities for individuals, small teams, and large groups."

Recreational volunteer opportunities for teens from ages 16

Get involved by visiting the following website and searching "volunteer":

Find more information at

By volunteering and providing community service for South Suburban Parks and Recreation, you will give back to your community by cleaning up local parks and volunteering at your favorite recreational programs.