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​Youth Community Educators Program (YCEP)

Developing Young Leaders

  • Comprehensive training and professional development for high school youth
  • Educating peers about healthy relationships
  • Youth empowerment

Youth Educators will be trained to present on the topics of dating violence and healthy relationships. They will team up to present to a variety of communities such as students, parent groups, faith-based organizations, at conferences, etc. Youth Educators also have the opportunity to work on school-based projects/campaigns around the topic of healthy relationships and teen dating violence. Youth Educators are integrated into the Project PAVE team and central to our mission. To help promote a youth-led approach to this program, there are two tiers of involvement; paid leaders and volunteers. These tiers are meant not as a way to impose a hierarchy but to encourage that youth make this program their own.

Where is YCEP?

PAVE Offices

4140 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211, USA

YCEP Home Base

St. Andrews United Methodist Church

St Andrew United Methodist Church, South University Boulevard, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

CEC Early College

CEC Early College, Eliot Street, Denver, CO, USA

North High School

North High School, Speer Boulevard, Denver, CO, USA

East High School

Denver East High School, City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO, USA

South High School

South High School, East Louisiana Avenue, Denver, CO, USA

Brighton High School

Brighton High School, South 8th Avenue, Brighton, CO, USA

Jeffco Boys & Girls Club

Jeffco Boys & Girls Club, South Teller Street, Lakewood, Jefferson County, CO, USA

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver

Girls Inc of Metro Denver, Julian Street, Denver, CO, USA

Northfield High School

Northfield High School, Central Park Boulevard, Denver, CO, USA

Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences

Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences, Clermont Street, Denver, CO, USA

Mapleton Early College

Mapleton Early College High School, York Street, Thornton, CO, USA

University of Denver

University of Denver, South University Boulevard, Denver, CO, USA

Adams Twelve Five Star Schools

Adams Twelve Five Star Schools, Washington Street, Thornton, CO, USA

Academy of Urban Learning

Academy of Urban Learning, West 29th Avenue, Denver, CO, USA

Montbello Career and Technical High School

Montbello Career and Technical High School, Airport Way, Denver, CO, USA

Interested in joining YCEP? Download the position descriptions and applications below!

YCEP Updates and Recent Posts

Welcome back Andrew!

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Register now to join YCEP at the Colorado Behavioral Health Summit! October 21-25 2019.

YCEP Spotlight Yeidi Cruz
YCEP Spotlight:

Yeidi Cruz

I’m especially proud of Yeidi. She has really taken on a leadership role within the YCEP cohort. She’s shown initiative in helping to plan YCEP monthly meetings, advocated for topics she believes PAVE should be further involved in, and has successfully engaged her peers to be better advocates for healthy relationships. I’m very excited to see what her energy, knowledge and power bring to her future as she continues to empower youth to end the cycle of relationship violence.”

-Supervisor, Andrew Trader-Bankston

YCEPer Emily
YCEP Spotlight:


“Emily is as hard a worker and is always here for Project PAVE. Her dedication to our mission is rivaled only by her eagerness to help her peers. She is excited for this new year and all the opportunities it will bring for her to grow as a facilitator and impact our curriculum.”

– Youth Engagement Coordinator, Andrew Trader-Bankston

YCEPer Dylan
YCEP Spotlight:


“Dylan is a game changer. Every interaction Dylan has with youth inspires growth. Dylan has spent his time with PAVE giving young men the tools they need to change the world. Dylan is his authentic self 100% of the time, from small interactions with classes and teams, to huge events- Dylan always represents his true self. He is a True Man.” 

-Andrew Trader-Bankston, Youth Engagement Coordinator
Volunteer Spotlight:


“Ella is a shining star in YCEP. She is constantly working to continue conversations about healthy relationships with her peers and her community. Ella goes above and beyond everyday, to encourage and support her peers to take a stand against violence.

-Youth Engagement Coordinator, Andrew Trader-Bankston

Volunteer Spotlight:


“Jenny is an amazing youth educator. She brings a contagious, bubbly energy to all that she does. You just can’t help but be excited and engaged when you’re around Jenny. She uses her light and energy to deeply engage with her peers and the Denver community.”

“Not only is Jenny empowering youth to end the cycle of relationship violence, she’s making it all happen with a smile on her face.” 

-Youth Engagement Coordinator, Andrew Trader-Bankston

Volunteer Spotlight:


“As a new member of our team, Kelly has shown a lot of interest and excitement about PAVE’s work. Her creativity, energy and thoughtfulness are important assets to the YCEP team.” 

– Youth Engagement Coordinator, Andrew Trader-Bankston

Kelly is pictured here practicing self-care during quarantine by drawing and flexing her creative mind.