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Statement of Purpose: CYC works collaboratively with school districts throughout the state of Colorado to create dropout outreach and recovery programs to bring high school dropouts back to school, dropout intervention programs to prevent high school students from dropping out, and new school programs that fit the needs of out-of-school youth.


Address: 2931 W. 25th Avenue, # 201
Phone Number: 303-292-2779
Fax: 303-455-3742
Email Address:
Web Site:


Number of Employees: 49
Part-Time Volunteers: 28


Major Fund-raisers: Back to School Night at Comedy Works South


Executive Committee: Chris Telk, Heather Noonan, Herb Quintana, Tara Bell, Dave Berton
Director(s): Herb Quintana, Board Chair Heather Noonan, Fundraising Chair Tara Bell, Treasurer Laura St.John, Scott Spendlove, David Berton Derek Kraus
Key Personnel: Chris Telk, Executive Director Mary Zanotti, Associate Director Katie Neal Program Director Twanisha Parnell, Business Manager Sharla Williams, Development Associate


Founded: 2005
Community Served: Colorado
Associated Guilds: Member Colorado Nonprofit Association




Accomplishments: During the 2011-2012 fall semester, CYC reengaged and enrolled 348 students back into school across the five school districts with which CYC partners through outreach and recovery services. In addition, CYC enrolled 173 students into Futures Academy, a program of Aurora Public Schools.