Graduation Celebration Highlights Youth Academics, Empowerment and Mentoring
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Graduation Celebration Highlights Youth Academics, Empowerment and Mentoring

2012 CYAR Touchstone Celebration Sponsored by ITT Technical Institute

On May 15th at 5:30 pm student graduates, mentors, families and supporters will come together at the City Park Pavilion to celebrate at the
2012 Colorado Youth at Risk Touchstone Graduation Event. This event celebrates the successes of the Manual 4 and George Washington 6 Colorado Youth at Risk mentoring communities and high school graduates. These graduates have been involved with Colorado Youth at Risk for a minimum of 2 years and have completed both the Steps Ahead for Youth and Touchstone programs.

The Graduation Event is the pinnacle celebration of Colorado Youth at Risk’s (CYAR) programming and mission.  CYAR is a proven dropout prevention program designed to support students from the 9th & 10th grade through high school graduation.  The event highlights and acknowledges 27 area high school students who will be graduating from Manual High School, CLA, New America, Colorado High
School Charter, DC 21, Thomas East High School, Contemporary Learning Academy, Thomas Jefferson High School and George Washington High School.  CYAR begins mentoring programs with students at George Washington, Manual, East and Aurora Central High Schools. As students
transfer schools, CYAR is committed to support youth regardless of the school they attend.

Colorado Youth at Risk is committed to providing one on one mentoring, community based mentoring and intensive training focused on social, emotional and academic empowerment for local high school teens. The accomplishments of these 27 graduating youth
demonstrate the impact of the program as CYAR continues to have a 90% youth graduation rate compared to 52% and 48% in Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools respectively.  In addition, many of the graduating students have demonstrated increased personal responsibility, strengthened relationships and gained an understanding of their individual future vision and goals.

The Touchstone Graduation celebrates the student academic accomplishments as well as the relationships forged between graduates and mentors throughout their high school experience. It will highlight the importance of mentoring and empowering teenage students to make positive life choices which lead to a positive future.

The event also highlights Colorado Youth at Risk’s goal to ensure each student graduates with a post-secondary plan in place.  CYAR is proud that many of the graduating youth will be furthering their education all over the country and have enrolled at University of Colorado, Boulder,
Community College of Denver, Georgia Perimeter College, Colorado State University, Clark Atlanta University, US Marine Corps, Metro, CCD, CSU,
Northeastern Junior College, Regis, Long Island University, Hastings College and the Colorado School of Mines.

The Touchstone Graduation will be May 15th at the City Park Pavilion from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Graduation event will feature dinner and an awards ceremony as well as pictures and presentations which acknowledge the achievements of the graduates and
mentors.  ITT Technical Institute is the inaugural sponsor of the event.  ITT Tech has committed to partnering both financially and
programmatically with CYAR to fulfill the mission that each youth graduate with a post-graduation plan in place. The partnership has involved mutual referrals for student enrollment and mentor recruitment and in 2012 will additionally include an employee back to school drive and fall “Focus on the Future Event” dedicated to school achievement and career development.

Colorado Youth at Risk (http://coyar.org), founded in 1993, empowers teenage students to make life choices that positively impact their futures
through community-based mentoring and intensive training. Colorado Youth at Risk aims to reduce the number of high school dropouts, match students with adult mentors and provide students with a sense of their place in the future.