Celebration of Educational Excellence 2022

April 25, 2022

The Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Higher Education are partnering with multiple organizations and community partners to recognize young people involved in foster care or youth services who have graduated from high school, received a GED, or obtained a college degree this year. Graduates in attendance will have a chance to attend the resource fair to connect with organizations that can support their success in the future. The Celebration of Educational Excellence was created 24 years ago in response to the poor educational outcomes youth with lived experience in foster care. The Celebration has grown and expanded throughout its history integrating a resource fair, and emphasizing youth voice and input.

When: June 9, 2022

Time: Resource Fair 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm; Celebration 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (Virtual option will be available)

Where: University of Colorado Denver - Auraria Campus, Tivoli Student Union, Turnhalle

RSVP to Attend

Nominate a young person

Participants must apply to attend the event. In order to be a graduate through CEEX, graduates must have been a young person who has experienced foster care one day on or after their 14th birthday (including community placement through Division of Youth Services) and must have graduated from high school, received a GED, professional certificate, or obtained a college degree this year.

To nominate a youth or yourself, please fill out this application. by June 1, 2022.

Become an exhibitor

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

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