"Status quos are made to be broken." – Ray Davis

More than 10,000 Colorado students drop out of school each year. When youth drop out of school, they face limited employment options and higher poverty rates. CYC efficiently leverages limited resources and provides a realistic approach to the dropout crisis through demonstrated outcomes and effective collaborations with school districts and community partners. The agency serves over 2000 students a year. CYC is committed to engaging students with appropriate advocacy, expertise, and individualized educational plans to support them as they work towards a high school diploma or GED.

This year, Colorado Youth for a Change is working in the following Colorado public school districts and organizations:  

  • Adams County School District 14
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Colorado High School Charter
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Englewood Schools
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Lake County School District
  • Mapleton Public Schools
  • Poudre School District
  • School District 27J (Brighton)
  • Urban Peak
  • Florence Crittenton
  • Juvenile Assessment Center


CYC served more than 2,000 in 2016-17

Student Demographics

2,040 students were served by CYC during the 2015-2016 school year

  • 58% Male  
  • 41% Female
  • 1% Transgender or Self-identify
  • 2%  American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1% Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 15% Black or African American
  • 56% Hispanic
  • 9% Two or More Races
  • 17% White
  • 22% have been involved in the court system
  • 5% have been involved in the child welfare system
  • 9% are experiencing homelessness
  • 7% are pregnant or parenting
  • 10% identify as LGBTQ