Aurora Rebound student to be featured in Colorado Youth for a Change Annual Report

Date: December 12, 2011

From the Colorado Youth for a Change newsletter:

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CYC’s Student Success: A Sneak Peak at CYC’s 2010-2011 Annual Report

Jose, a recent graduate of the Aurora Ombudsman Program, will be featured in the CYC 2010-2011 Annual Report.

In July 2010, Jose’s world drastically changed when his brother was shot. As a result, Jose decided to drop out of school and work with his father at a local bakery to help support his family.

Jose struggled with the stress of his brother’s traumatic experience until he reached out to CYC Educational Coordinator, Janiece Mackey, for guidance and direction.

She helped Jose re-enroll in school and provided him support and resources to overcome the barriers that prevented him from attending school and graduating.

According to Jose, Janiece is the most important person that he knows right now because she has helped him get his life back on track. Hearing Janiece tell him time and time again that he could graduate made a difference in his life, because so many others had told him he would not receive that desired diploma.

Jose graduated from the Aurora Ombudsman Program on October 7, 2011. He plans to attend Front Range Community College in the spring with hopes of pursuing a career as a chef.

Jose says to youth in similar situations, “Keep going at it, don’t give up, there is hope and you just need to look for the right people.”

About the Aurora Rebound Ombudsman Program

The Rebound Ombudsman Program, which was created in September 2008 to help at-risk students, represents a partnership involving Aurora Public Schools, the Colorado Coalition of Faith, Community College of Aurora, Colorado Youth for a Change, and Ombudsman Educational Services.

In addition to academics, the program provides support to students through behavior intervention, social skills training and life management skills. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in the Community College of Aurora to earn college credits while they complete their high school courses.


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