Motivating Struggling Students to Stay in School: Colorado Youth for a Change

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July 28, 2016


With fall quickly approaching, many students are preparing to return to school. This is an exciting time for many, as school brings the promise of reuniting with old friends as well as learning new and exciting ideas. However, this enthusiasm for learning is not something that every student gets to experience. Those who are disillusioned or frustrated with the educational system are at a greater risk for dropping out. Many of these struggling students come from poor or at-risk communities. 

In Colorado, more than 11,000 students dropped out of school during the 2015-2016 academic year. Those who leave school have higher rates of unemployment, poverty, teenage pregnancies and delinquency. Many of Colorado’s young population are being lost through the cracks of the educational system.

MAXIMUS Foundation partner nonprofit Colorado Youth for a Change aims to change this disheartening statistic. Through personalized educational programs targeted at struggling youth, Colorado Youth for a Change offers students the support they need to stay motivated and engaged in school.

Grants from the MAXIMUS Foundation have funded their Most Vulnerable Populations (MVP) program which provides at-risk homeless, LGBTQ and foster care youth with one-on-one support and resources to help with academic success. MVP has enabled many of them to reenroll in classes, learn life skills, and receive help to better advocate for themselves in school.

“Colorado Youth for a Change is working to solve Colorado’s dropout crisis. Of the nearly 2,000 students we serve annually, 75 percent continue enrollment or graduate. We are so thankful for the MAXIMUS Foundation’s support,” shared Executive Director Mary Zanotti. 

Together the MAXIMUS Foundation and Colorado Youth for a Change are helping struggling students to find the right path. To learn more about Colorado Youth for a Change visit their website.

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