our mission

Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) is solving Colorado's dropout crisis. Learn more.

  • Students served
    Students served

    2040

  • Enrolled back into school
    Enrolled back into school

    477

  • Received diploma or GED
    Received diploma or GED

    122

  • Students served by AmeriCorps members
    Students served by AmeriCorps members

    706

News

The statistics drew me in: students who can’t read by the end of third grade are 4x more likely to drop out of school (Annie E. Casey Foundation). Students who do not learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade almost never catch up in school. I wanted to do something to help, and CYC’s Colorado Reading Corps program allowed me to take action.

Futures Academy, a Colorado Youth for a Change program within Aurora Public Schools, recently held its Recognition Ceremony to honor student accomplishment. It’s an amazing day and it’s hard to describe the excitement. Especially moving is the fact that many of these students had, at one point, given up the hope of accomplishing anything academically.

On average CYC serves about 140 students who were in foster care or are currently in foster care each year. This is about 6 to 7 percent of the students we serve and one of the smaller populations of students we support.