Workshops by The Spot Youth Center

Creating Your Adolescent Focused Youth Center-September 18-19 , 2003

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Your teens and young adults deserve and will greatly benefit from their own place. This workshop will help you create a youth center in your community. Learn from The Spot, Denver's award winning nighttime urban youth center, and other communities and organizations. This workshop will be a 100% practical and hands-on, with a small group of up to only 25 registered participants. The Spot serves youth ages 14-24 years old five nights per week, Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM. We average 90-100 youth each night, all of whom participate voluntarily. The Hip Hop culture predominates here, and we offer free access to music recording studios, breakdancing, graffiti murals, web radio broadcasting, high school GED preparation, web and graphic publishing lab, computer A+ certification, and more.

2001 Group Photo
The Spot Youth Center's Fall 2001 workshop group

Workshop Benefits:

  • Small group with 25 participant maximum
  • In order to have a diverse representation of communities, we will only accept registrations from up to 3 people per community.
  • Opportunity to interact with The Spot's youth and staff for an evening.
  • Network of like-minded people who are dedicated to helping youth create their own place.
  • Presentations, guest speakers, site visit, and a lot of sharing of experiences.
  • Resources for getting started back at home.


  • A written "How To" guide/notebook will be provided for each participant.
  • The Spot's youth, staff, and guest speakers will contribute throughout the workshop.
  • Content will include
    • What's Your Personal Motivation?
    • Identifying and Attracting Your Target Youth Population
    • Funding $$$$
    • Finding and Obtaining Your Site
    • Security and Liability Issues
    • Staffing and Volunteers
    • Creating Your Own Non-Profit Organization
    • Much More
  • Content will be customized according to your responses on the Registration & Questionnaire Form.
  • Emphasis will be placed on each community sharing their own experiences.
  • During the day we'll be in a classroom setting at The Spot.
  • Thursday evening, from 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM, The Spot will be operating and available for observation and interaction.

Conducted by:

Dave DeForest-Stalls

  • Director, New Ventures, The Spot and Urban Peak. Founder and formerExecutive Director and OWG of The Spot
  • Former Director of Denver's Recreation Department

Workshop Fee:

  • $300 per person
  • Please make payable to "The Spot", in the note section please write "Workshop Fee"
  • We must have the workshop fee before we can reserve your place.
  • To assure a diverse representation of communities, only up to 3 people per community will be accepted. Thanks for your understanding!
  • This fee includes workshop, presentation materials, and lunches and snacks on Thursday and Friday. Dinners are on your own. Transportation and lodging not included.

To Register:

Mail Your Registration Form and your $300.00 Workshop Fee check to:
Creating Your Adolescent Focused Youth Center
c/o The Spot - Workshop
730 21st Street
Denver, CO 80205

For Further Information:

Click here to download a Fall 2003 Workshop Registration form!