Celebrating 10 years of service in our community, 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
Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, three senior policy advisors, an executive assistant and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state's biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. Read complete bio at www.youthforachange.org.
As a leader in education and an inspiration to Colorado Youth for a Change's (CYC) early years, in 2007 Governor Ritter proposed the goal to cut the dropout rate in half by 2017. (With a significant contribution from CYC, the number of dropouts has decreased by 42 percent in the 2013-14 school year.)
Allegra “Happy” Haynes was elected in 2011 to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education and currently serves as President. She is the Director of Civic and Community Engagement at CRL Associates, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. She previously served as Chief Community Engagement Officer for Denver Public Schools. She was responsible for leading the district’s parent and community engagement efforts for more than six years, creating collaborative partnerships and managing legislative and governmental affairs. Read complete bio at www.youthforachange.org.
As an advocate for CYC and education reform, Happy Haynes helped manage CYC’s first contract with DPS during the closing of Manual High School. (CYC helped 70 students return to school in 2006.)
Youth Honoree - Jesus Jaquez came to Futures Academy of Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) in
the fall of 2011. He is the first CYC student to concurrently earn certificates from Pickens Technical College and an associate's degree from the
Community College of Aurora while earning his GED certificate through Futures Academy. Jesus' accomplishments embody the very vision CYC had when it first opened Futures Academy in 2009.
Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially. Josh starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and was named the 11th best special on the network in 2011. Most recently, Josh debuted a one-hour Showtime special, Sticky Change, where he cracks jokes and tells stories about everything from being a white African-American, to dealing with cabbies who think he'll pay in sticky change. The special is currently available on Netflix and Hulu. He has appeared twice on Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT and recently made his late night television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.