COLORADO YOUTH FOR A CHANGE
Solving Colorado's Dropout Crisis.
Back to School Night at Comedy Works South is our biggest fundraiser of the year welcoming more than 350 people and benefiting the youth and programs of Colorado Youth for a Change. Event features:
MAP TO COMEDY WORKS SOUTH
Heavy Appetizers and Cash Bar
COMPLIMENTARY WINE BY BLANCHARD FAMILY WINES
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The YOU COUNT AWARD Honorees
MIKE JOHNSTON represents Northeast Denver in the Colorado State Senate. Mike first entered education as a high school English teacher. He co-founded New Leaders for New Schools, a national nonprofit that recruits and trains urban principals. Mike started his own career as a principal leading two alternative high schools serving Colorado students held in state custody or living in group homes and detention centers. Most recently, Mike was the co-founder and principal of MESA (Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts), a redesigned urban high school in the Mapleton Public School District that made Colorado history by becoming the first public high school in which 100 percent of seniors were admitted to four-year colleges.
DIANA ZAKHEM is the Director of Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness for Englewood Schools, a CYC partner. Diana has served public education in a variety of capacities. She has conducted educational research for a number of national organizations, and has been published several times. She managed school-to-work and charter school programs in Washington DC as well as managed efforts to increase business partnerships in educational and workforce development initiatives. Diana has been a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, professional development facilitator, and College and Career Readiness coordinator.
Plus we will honor an Outstanding CYC Youth!
Named one of Rolling Stone’s five comics to watch, Ryan is on his way to establishing himself as one of the country's favorite stand-ups. With immediate comic charisma and a crisp, clean writing style, Ryan is sought after for his ability to perform for a variety of audiences while making each show an individual and unique experience.
With an extensive touring schedule, he often finds himself far from his Idaho roots and currently makes his home in New York City. Much of his trademark humor comes from that unique contrast. Ryan has had appearances on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Conan, Comedy Central'sLive at Gotham, and the Showtime special Caroline Rhea and Friends. He's also a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show.
He's become known among industry insiders as the fastest rising star, racking up local and national comedy competition wins and festival appearances. Hamilton most recently won the Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, Nebraska, which honors the roots of Johnny Carson. He has also won the National MVP award for The Comedy Leagues competition at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival. Prior to that, he won Sierra Mist's America's Next Great Comic Search, was a two-time finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival competition, and appeared at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival as an up and coming talent."