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Who We Are

Colorado Youth for a Change

About CYC

Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) connects youth with opportunities to get back into school and also creates pathways, alongside caring adults, to build confidence and find success in school and beyond. Through our newest program - Colorado Reading Corps - we’re also ensuring that our youngest learners (ages 5-8) start as confident and proficient readers, again creating a pathway toward graduation as children shift from learning to read to reading to learn by the end of third grade.

“CYC took a chance on me and understood my needs. They proved me wrong. I wasn’t just an outcast. I was more than just a habitual offender. I never knew if I was going to walk across a stage, but here I am, speaking on behalf of the graduates of Futures Academy.” Kari, 2018 graduate

In partnership with 12 Colorado school districts, we are pleased to provide a continuum of programming for children and youth. Please visit our specific program pages to learn more.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

At Colorado Youth for a Change we are committed to both the process and the goal of being an inclusive organization. Our shared responsibility in achieving this is two-fold: intentionally investing in our team and consistently refining our organization. 

Investing in our team is central to our organizational success.  We believe in developing the outstanding talent of our team through building each other’s professional capacity so that together we can innovate in the schools and communities in which we work.  Furthermore, we strive to create a culture where each individual is recognized and valued for their unique perspectives and identities, so that they may utilize their strengths to collectively aid our organization in enhancing its strong programs and outcomes. 

Our goal is to refine our work in an effort to build an inclusive culture.  We believe that organizations should learn and grow as they evolve. This means that we are committed to consistently assessing both our programs and internal systems in order to have the best possible impact on the communities we serve while holistically supporting the members of our team.