Celebration of Educational Excellence - Denver

June, Thu 8 4:00 PM America/Denver
ends June, Thu 8 7:30 PM
Metropolitan State University of Denver - Auraria Campus Tivoli Student Union - Turnhalle 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80217

The Colorado Department of Human Services is partnering with multiple organizations and community partners to recognize youth involved in the foster care or youth corrections systems who will graduate from high school, receive a GED or obtained a college degree this year. Youth will have a chance to attend a resource fair and get connected with organizations that can support their success in the future.


We encourage child welfare professionals, policy makers, family and friends of graduates to join us to help recognize these young people for their educational achievements. Click HERE to RSVP by June 1st.


Applications to participate in the celebration should be submitted to a referral liaison (County Chafee Program, Bridging the Gap, CASA Legacy Program, DYC) to the CDHS Division of Child Welfare by May 20, 2017. If you know a young person who may be eligible, contact cdhs_ceex@state.co.us to get connected to a referral liaison.

Download the Application today! 

Completed applications with signatures should be emailed by a referral liaison to dianna.butler@state.co.us by May 24, 2017.

Each graduating young person will receive a laptop as a commemorative gift to help further their success!



In addition to a ceremony honoring the achievements of these youth, the event begins with the Pathways to Success Education, Employment & Resource Fair, helping youth connect with educational partners, community resources, and providing them with information to support their pursuit of lifelong goals.

If your organization would like to participate in the resource fair preceding the event, please complete this registration form. 

Deadline to register to become a Resource Fair Exhibitor is Friday, May 26, 2017. 

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The 19th Annual Celebration of Educational Excellence celebrates the academic achievements of Colorado youth involved in the foster care and youth corrections systems.

Celebration of Educational Excellence
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Metropolitan State University of Denver - Auraria Campus
Tivoli Student Union - Turnhalle
900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80217

Resource Fair 
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Parking & Directions
Suggested parking for the event is in Tivoli Parking Garage.

Click HERE to download a map of Auraria Campus Parking.

Click HERE to RSVP




Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1‑844‑264‑5437)
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.