Celebrating the 10th annual Back to School Night, the mission of Colorado Youth for a Change is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado. Back to School Night at Comedy Works South is our biggest fundraiser of the year welcoming more than 300 people and benefiting the students and programs of Colorado Youth for a Change.
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*additional food is also available to purchase
The YOU COUNT AWARD Honorees
Former Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia was elected in 2010 as the running mate for Governor John Hickenlooper. His passion for education and public service has been evident throughout his career. Prior to being elected as Lieutenant Governor, Joe was president of Colorado State University - Pueblo. While president of CSU-Pueblo, Joe served as co-chair of the Governor's P-20 Education Task Force, as Chair of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), and was on the Board of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Read complete bio at www.youthforachange.org.
Kevin West began his career as a middle school teacher and coach in Lubbock, Texas in 1990. While working on his graduate degrees in counseling and administration at Texas Tech University, Kevin served as a school counselor and later as a high school assistant principal. Since coming to Colorado he has served as a counselor, building administrator and for the past 13 years as a district director in two Adams County districts.
Kevin’s targeted work to reduce dropouts in Colorado began in 2007 when he partnered with Colorado Youth for a Change to bring CYC Educational Interventionists to Adams 12 Schools. After moving from Adams 12 to District 27J in Brighton in 2013, Kevin again partnered with CYC to bring Educational Interventionists to its two comprehensive high schools and an Outreach Specialist to its Innovation and Options Programs. Kevin’s work to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in Colorado extends beyond the boundaries of his district. He has served on a number of youth-serving state, regional and local boards and committees in efforts to improve the systems that support Colorado’s youth and families. Read complete bio at www.youthforachange.org
CYC Student Honoree
Ruby Briseño was introduced to Colorado Youth for a Change through the Educational Intervention Program at West High School in 2013. Through working with the CYC team, along with teachers and school district partners, and her own perseverance, Ruby was able to graduate on time. Last year, she enrolled in the Community College of Denver, where she continues her studies, and was recently named to the National Honor Society. Her goal is to finish her undergraduate work, major in Forensics, perhaps get her master’s degree from a top college, and work in the field. When she’s not studying or working, Ruby enjoys running, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and pursuing her goal of visiting every ice cream shop in Denver.
Nate Bargatze is a stand-up comedian following in the entertainment business footsteps of his dad, a former clown turned world class magician. He has appeared on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice, following two appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has also appeared on Conan four times, is a recurring guest on @midnight, and had his own Comedy Central Presents. He has written for Spike TV's Video Game Awards and received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival multiple years. He has performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Oddball Comedy Festival, and went on tour with Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour. Nate has also performed for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait five times. His debut comedy album "Yelled at by a Clown" reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts and stayed on Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts for weeks. Nate was also featured as one of Esquire's Best New Comedians by Jim Gaffigan, as one of Marc Maron's comedians to watch in Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine, and as #1 of Vulture's 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015. His one hour special Full Time Magic premiered on Comedy Central on May 2nd.