November 2013


I am very excited to share all of Colorado Youth for a Change's (CYC) hard work  that led to the great success of last month. From programs to special events, CYC has been very busy trying to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado. We look forward to sharing even more exciting news with you as we charge into 2014.

Thank you,

Chris Telk
Executive Director

Save the Date!

CYC is once again participating in Colorado Gives Day on December 10th.  Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 beginning at 12 a.m. Donations will be accepted through with a goal to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting hundreds of local nonprofits. 100% of every donation that you make will go to CYC and The FirstBank Incentive Fund increases the value of every dollar donated! 

A Great Success!


CYC truly appreciates all your amazing support at this year's Back to School Night Comedy Benefit with Chuck Roy, John Crist, and Henry Cho.


It was a great night of comedy, fundraising, and building awareness of CYC's efforts to end the dropout crisis in Colorado.


277 guests attended and we raised $70, 000!


We would not able to continue to solve Colorado's dropout crisis without you!


We want to thank everyone who helped make this night a smashing success!


Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors!


Grainger FoundationFederal Boulevard BID
ComcastWhippleWoods CPAs PC
Global Technology ResourcesMoody Insurance
The Wright Group Services
OmbudsmanQ3 Consulting
Carson FoundationPatxi's Pizza


Click here to learn more about our sponsors

CYC 7th Annual Back to School Night Honoree Video: Steve and Wende
CYC 7th Annual Back to School Night Honoree Video: Steve and Wende
Save the date for next year - October 2, 2014, featuring the comedic styling's of Tommy Johnagin. Check him out!

Where you able to attend this year? If not, check out the 

CYC Youth Success: Meet Angelo

CYC Educational Specialist, Alankar Patel first met Angelo in the fall of 2012 when he was suspended from Englewood High School (EHS) for ten days and sent to the Ombudsman Student Support Center (OSSC).  Angelo lives with his grandmother because his mother lost her job, their home, and his dad is in prison.  He is the youngest of five boys: two of his brothers are in prison, one has been in and out of prison, and another is out of jail.  None of Angelo's brothers have a high school diploma. During Angelo's freshman year at EHS, he struggled and earned only 3.25 credits. After his first suspension from this school, he returned but was suspended a second time, less than three weeks later. Angelo was given a choice:  expulsion or enroll at the OSSC full time.  He chose the OSSC and over time this has been the perfect environment for him to succeed.  Angelo and Alankar meet on a regular basis to discuss his progress.


Last year, he began to prove himself academically, earning four B's and six A's in his classes.  At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, Angelo was given the President's Award for Educational Achievement.  This award is given to one student each year for showing tremendous educational growth.  Angelo's family has faith that he will be the first to receive his high school diploma and enroll in college.  Currently, Angelo attends school at the OSSC full time and attends  EHS part time.  His teachers are optimistic that the new Angelo is firmly planted and is working towards success.


CYC Volunteer Spotlight: Meet CYC's New Board Members

Matt Padilla is an accounting and finance professional with fifteen years of non-profit experience.  Eight of those years have been spent in leadership positions.  Matt is currently the Vice President of Finance for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado.  Matt has a background in healthcare and human services organizations.  Matt holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and has undergraduate degrees in accounting and business administration.


Tara Bell is a banking professional currently with FirstBank as the Vice President of Support Services.  Tara has a passion to serve youth in the community and help them in their educational journey.  She has volunteered in the community with Junior Achievement, Gold Crown Mentoring  and served a previous board term with Colorado Youth for a Change.  Tara holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University and is in her second year of the  Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.    




 Laura St. John is a nationally-known business leader, visionary, writer, and speaker in the critical area of technology and early childhood education. Her writing has been featured on Yahoo! News Headlines, Huffington Post, and TLC. After studying Mass Communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Laura joined Imagine Tomorrow in 1996 and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for the strategic relationship with Discovery Kids (Discovery Channel). As a result of Laura's passion about healthy living, she and her husband have recently launched Pearl Street Fitness, with two locations in Cherry Creek and Washington Park.    



Interested in becoming a board member? Contact Chris Telk.  

Pupil Enrollment Count Day

CYC's Dropout Outreach and Recovery program and Futures Academy worked very hard this past spring, summer, and fall to reengage and reenroll youth into schools that best fit their needs for Pupil Enrollment Count Day (PEC). PEC Day, formerly known as October Count Day, is an annual statewide event that falls on October 1. School funding is based on the pupil count for that day.


Over the past year, CYC Educational Specialists attended fairs, festivals, and other educational events to reach out to youth. CYC also promoted our services on the radio with the help of a  partnership with KS 107.5. In August 2013, CYC hosted the 4th Annual Enrollment Event at CYC's main office. Youth were given the opportunity to learn about their educational options through presentations and meetings with school representatives. So far this year, we have reenrolled 467 youth into five school districts in the Denver metro area.


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