True Color Effects

Learn more about our summer youth leadership program

True Color Effects

True Color Effects: Youth Leadership Program

True Color Effects is a new local summer youth leadership program that was co-designed in the summer of 2023 by 13 local high school students and teachers and a CSU teacher educator, all of whom identify as Indigenous or people of color.

This two-week program will utilize a tiered mentorship model for BIPOC youth and educators. Rising grades 4-8 students will build interdisciplinary literacy, math, business, and leadership skills through the shared development of new businesses; high school and college students will learn strategies for mentoring youth and be supported in considering teaching as a lifelong career; and teachers and CSU faculty will guide the program. Profits from youth businesses will be used to fund future implementations of the program.

Learn more about the program


  • Poudre School District Rising Grades 4-8 students of color
  • Poudre School District high school students of color who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career (these students will be compensated for working as mentors in the program)


  • July 22-26 and July 29-August 2 (a two-week experience), 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery


Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

If your child meets the program requirements and can attend both weeks, enroll here! If you have any questions, please contact Ricki Ginsberg at