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Colorado Youth for a Change Provides Insight on Colorado’s Dropout Numbers

Media Contact: Leia Pitcher
Marketing and Events Manager

Denver, CO—On January 19, 2017, Colorado’s dropout numbers for the school year 2015-2016 were released by the Colorado Department of Education. The state’s dropout numbers decreased from 2.5 to 2.3 percent for the 2015-16 school year. In addition, the graduation rates rose from 77.3 percent to 78.9 percent. “We are thrilled to see so many of the districts we work in see an increase in graduation rates and a decrease in dropout rates,” said Mary Zanotti, Executive Director of Colorado Youth for a Change. “We also recognize we still have a long way to go to reaching all of the students leaving school or not graduating across the state.”

When youth drop out of school it limits their potential, opportunities, and hope. Not only do we fail to cultivate the potential of thousands of youth each year, but local communities also suffer from lost wages and taxes along with increased costs for healthcare, welfare, and crime. In fact, those who drop out of school make up nearly half of all heads of households on welfare and nearly half of the prison population. By intervening today, CYC and its partnering organizations create pathways towards self-sufficiency and higher levels of community engagement.

You can read more insight on Colorado’s new dropout rate on our blog:

About Colorado Youth for a Change:
The dropout problem in Colorado is serious and our community pays a hefty price. Currently, there are more than 10,000 dropouts in our state. The average high school dropout is not eligible for 90 percent of available jobs and will cost taxpayers nearly $300,000 over their lifetime in lost tax revenue, crime, incarceration, and health related costs. Colorado Youth for a Change is solving Colorado’s dropout crisis. Since 2005, CYC has substantially contributed to decreasing the number of dropouts in Colorado. And of the over 1,700 students we serve annually, 70 percent continue enrollment or graduate. Find out more at