About Us - History



Founder and former CEO Steve Dobo re-enrolled in school 55 students.


CYC received a contract with Denver Public Schools to provide outreach and recovery to Manual High School students, serving 150 youth over the course of the year. Governor Bill Ritter sets goal to cut dropout rate in half by 2017.


CYC served 255 youth and began early stages of Intervention programming at West High School. Volunteers were utilized as tutors in Algebra classes. Outreach and recovery began to work with homeless students in partnership with Denver Public Schools.


CYC served 414 youth and expanded into Aurora Public Schools through Ombudsman. The agency increased capacity of the organization by promoting its first program manager.


CYC served 1,228 youth and began Futures Academy in Aurora. The current Intervention Program model began at West High School in Denver Public Schools and Centaurus High School in Boulder Valley School District. CYC also launched the Youth Opportunity Academy in Denver and brought on its first AmeriCorps member.


CYC served 1,369 youth and expanded into Englewood and Adams 12 School Districts through Intervention programming. The agency also worked with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Graduates Initiative to write and receive a five-year $15 million Graduation Pathways grant for the state of Colorado. This grant helped to expand the scope of work to Englewood, Mapleton, and Pueblo 60.


CYC expanded into Pueblo 60 School District and Mapleton School District. The agency also started Late Intervention (for 11th and 12th graders) at Aurora Central High School and North High School. An Intensive Services position was also added at West High School to serve high-need students with 3+ course failures.


As the Founder of CYC, Steve Dobo, moved on to work with dropouts on the national level, Chris Telk, one of CYC's founding board members, joined the staff as Executive Director. Over the past year, our programs served 1,769 total youth, expanded our work with most vulnerable populations to include adjudicated girls, and successfully enrolled 677 students back into school.


CYC served 1,878 students!  We expanded into Moffat County, Adams 14, and Brighton school districts, serving a total of nine school districts. CYC does "Theory of Change" work as part of the first national cohort in the PropelNext Initiative. The agency was also selected to participate in area Social Enterprise and Advocacy cohorts.  The CYC staff start extensive inclusivity training.


CYC served 1,760 students! Mary Zanotti continued her leadership with CYC and became the Executive Director. CYC was featured in the U.S. Department of Education's "Resource Guide for Implementing and Enhancing Re-Engagement Centers for Out-of-School Youth." We relocated Futures Academy into a beautiful and functional new space that benefits the experience of both students and teachers alike.


CYC served 1,705 students!  CYC hires Director of Learning, Brian Brinkerhoff, to lead our data and evaluation initiatives. CYC became an official AmeriCorps site and welcomed 20 AmeriCorps members. The agency was also asked to head the Colorado Reengagement Network.