Track: Safety and Security
Commitment: Engaging All Voices

Level of Learning: Learner
Format: Project-Based

Spotlight on Colorado Workshop

Systems change is complex and involves many moving pieces, individuals, and opposing needs.  Learn about the State Youth Development Plan, and why bringing youth to the table as decision-makers can make youth programs stronger. Through an overview of Colorado's youth systems building efforts, an exploratory panel of youth and adult partners, and an activity to create your own youth systems template, participants will begin the process of exploring their own youth systems with the goal of reducing duplication, aligning services, and closing the gaps that youth face. 

Learning Objectives

  • The Colorado Positive Youth Development Approach
  • How to identify authentic youth adult partnerships
  • Hear from Colorado’s youth adult systems leaders on lessons learned in collective impact
  • Walk away with a youth systems template for beginning the alignment process  


  • Pearl W. Bell, youth development specialist, Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division

Pearl W. Bell
Youth Development Specialist
Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division

Pearl Bell is the youth development specialist in the Division of Child Welfare of the Colorado Department of Human Services. She has over 13 years of experience working with youth and youth-serving organizations, teaching, training, and coaching statewide in Colorado.

With her master’s in conflict resolution, Bell brings collaboration and process work to the forefront of what she does. After 10 years in violence prevention, she is thrilled to be making change on a statewide level. Her responsibilities include improvements to, coordination with, and collaboration across Colorado’s youth systems. Through incorporating the Positive Youth Development approach for youth inclusion, her skillful relationship building and strategic systems lens have supported alignment across sectors. She is currently Adult Co-chair of Colorado 9 to 25, Colorado’s youth systems collaboration effort.