DENVER –Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Colorado Youth for a Change and Denver Public Schools today kicked off the Drop In Denver campaign, a new web-based effort to get high school dropouts to ‘drop back in’ to school.
“There is nothing smarter than investing in our children and youth from the day they are born to the day they are employed,” said Mayor Hancock. “Drop In Denver is a campaign that will work to reengage Denver dropouts and provide them with the resources they need to get back in school and graduate. A world-class city needs an educated workforce to build and sustain its economy. Helping our young people graduate is essential to all our future success.”
Colorado Youth for Change is partnering with Denver and other regional cities to promote the critical resources offered by “Drop In Colorado” through targeted public service announcements, websites and distribution of educational materials.
Through the use of social media, cell phones and other 21st Century outlets, Drop In Denver provides youth easy, local options to re-enroll in an educational setting that best meets their needs. It also provides adults innovative ideas on how to get dropouts to go back to school.
“The use of cell phones and social media has changed the communications landscape, so we’re using a first-of-its-kind outreach effort in Denver and other Colorado cities to meet dropouts on their turf, on their terms,” said Steve Dobo, chief executive officer at Colorado Youth for a Change.
In recent years, Denver Public Schools has experienced success in keeping more students in school and increasing the graduation rate, yet there are still thousands of Denver students who have dropped out over the past several years and hundreds more who are at risk of dropping out this year.
“Even one dropout is too many,” said Antwan Wilson, assistant superintendent for Post-Secondary Readiness in Denver. “Our goal is to have 100 percent of DPS students graduate. With strong partnerships with the City and County of Denver and Colorado Youth for a Change we will tremendous progress toward that goal.”
Initial results for the Drop In initiatives in Denver, Boulder and Aurora are expected to be released at the 2012 National League of Cities Dropout Re-engagement Conference in Denver in December. For more information, visit http://www.DropInDenver.com.
About Drop In Colorado
“Drop In Colorado” is an initiative spearheaded by Colorado Youth for a Change —a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving Colorado’s dropout crisis. This pilot program is being launched in partnership with three Colorado schools districts – Aurora Public Schools, Boulder Valley School District and Denver Public Schools. The City of Denver Office of Children’s Affairs is also a partner in the campaign. To learn more, visit http://www.dropindenver.com, http://www.dropinboulder.com or http://www.dropinaurora.com.
About Colorado Youth for a Change
Since 2005, Colorado Youth for a Change has helped thousands of young people either re-enroll in school after dropping out or remain engaged and on-track academically in school after showing early warning signs of dropping out. The organization will serve nearly 2,000 youth during the 2011-2012 academic year. District partners include Aurora, Boulder Valley, Denver, Englewood and Mapleton. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.youthforachange.org and our blog http://youthforachange.org/blog.html.