"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
  • Adams Country School District 12
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • 27J Brighton
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Englewood Schools
  • Estes Park 
  • Florence Crittenton
  • Jefferson County 
  • Juvenile Assessment Center 
  • Lake County 
  • Mile High United Way 
  • Poudre School District
  • Thompson School District
  • Weld County District 6
  • United Way of Larimer County 
  • United Way of Weld County 
  • Urban Peak 




Student Demographics

2,816 students were served by CYC during the 2017-2018 school year

  • 54% Male  
  • 45% Female
  • 1% Transgender or Self-identify
  • 2%  American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1% Asian or Pacific Islander
  • 13% Black or African American
  • 55% Hispanic
  • 10% Two or More Races
  • 18% White
  • 28% have been involved in the court system
  • 5.3% have been involved in the child welfare system
  • 9.4% are experiencing homelessness
  • 10.2% are pregnant or parenting
  • 10% identify as LGBTQ