Who We Are

Who We Are

Imagine the future of Adam’s County…

We spend a lot of time thinking about it. This is our vision:
it’s filled with successful adults. Movers. Shakers. Leaders.

Who are they?
They are our children.

Adams County Kids Healthy and Ready

Adams County Kids Successful in School

Adams County Teenagers Ready for College

Adams County Kids Happy and Healthy

Adams County Youth Initiative (ACYI) is working to make this future a reality. How? We connect vital community resources that improve achievement throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, and young adults. Simply put, what we try to do is help build a brighter future for children and youth in Adams County.

We invest into strategies and interventions that help our children and youth excel…from birth to the day they land their first job. Working together, we improve their life potential through the most powerful tool we have—quality education.

Consider this, nearly 1/3 of Adams County residents are under the age of 18 and almost 9 percent are under the age of 5, making preschool age children the most populous age group in our county. Compared to other counties in Colorado, a large proportion of Adams County families face difficult circumstances—lower household incomes, higher rates of single mothers and teen births, more uninsured children, and higher proportion of English Language Learner (ELL) students.

Support and resources really do go a long way to creating change. Now, more than ever, our future starts here.

How did we get started?

It started in 2005. Alarmed by high rates of delinquency and substance use among youth in Adams County, Don Quick, the 17th Judicial District Attorney, began a difficult conversation with county leaders. Working together, they could decrease the negative influences and focus on increasing graduation rates. Adams County was awarded a 5-year, $8.4 million federal grant through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) in 2007. The SS/HS grant project merged with ACYI in 2008.

During the years that ACYI was federally funded, our partner agencies worked together to establish a common vision for comprehensive services and support for Adams County children and youth.

Significant Outcomes:

  • Began the annual census-level data collection of the Adams County Student Survey to begin tracking partnership-wide outcomes
  • Update and continue to facilitate the Adams County School Emergency Plan, led by law enforcement and education leaders
  • Implemented a wide range of evidence-based strategies and programs in violence prevention, substance use prevention/ intervention, youth engagement, mental health, and early childhood education, including Adams County Camp

In 2011, two years before the end of the grant period, ACYI leadership and partners realized that for the work of ACYI to continue after federal funding ended, a separate organization would be needed to lead, manage, and support the work of the Initiative and its partners. As a result, ACYI established an independent 501(c)(3) status in November 2011. ACYI transitioned fully to a 501(c)(3) on September 1, 2012.

Accountability Structure

Partners demonstrate shared accountability for improving cradle to career outcomes. Get to know the people who are making it happen.

(Chief Executives / Community Leaders): Responsible for advancing the vision and advocacy of the mission; link to broader community; public champion and advocate; remove political barriers & advocate for policy change; appoint Board of Directors

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(Non-Profit Board): Responsible for advancing the mission and governance of the non-profit; strategic decision making secure funding and resources; external communication; supervise Backbone Director

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Responsible for operations of the partnership; data analysis and reporting; internal communication; support and convene key partners and action teams

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(Partners): Change practice on the ground by developing and executing data-driven action plans; implement continuous improvement processes to impact and report child and youth outcomes; represent and engage community voice

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