At our Park Hill Community Office this morning, Senator Johnston and local non-profit The Youth Connection (TYC) officially launched their “Summer of Safety” event series for Denver’s youth.

The “Summer of Safety” provides healthy, safe, and exciting activities for young people in the Denver community over the next four weeks. Youth from the community worked with local nonprofit organization The Youth Connection (TYC) to organize these events, which will take place in and around the Park Hill neighborhood in Northeast Denver.

Senator Johnston said:

“When we feel torn apart by violence, we must come together to love back. Summer is a critical time when we can make a difference for all youth and these events are a great start.”

TYC Co-Founder and Director of Operations Heidi Grove added:


“When we give our young people the right support and opportunities, they will always make us proud. The Youth Connection is thrilled to partner with Denver’s youth and Senator Johnston to create a Summer of Safety.”

The “Summer of Safety” will kick off with a graffiti class on August 1, led by local artist Patrick “Girr” McGirr, where teens will be able to show off their talent on a large mural that will hang in our community office.

On August 8, Manual High School will host a flag football tournament on their campus beginning at 2pm.

The final event will take place on August 15 at Civic Center Park, where all youth are invited to participate in a poetry slam/open mic night. Mayor Hancock will kick off the event with remarks at 4pm.

Check back on our website for more details as the events draw near.