Press Releases

Press Releases


Lakewood, Colorado. – January 16, 2019 – Did you know if you shop Amazon at (AmazonSmile) you can help support CBR YouthConnect at no additional cost? Now through January 31, 2019, Amazon is donating 30 times the usual rate on all new print magazine subscriptions which is a whopping 15 percent of your new magazine subscription purchase price!

Also, AmazoneSmile offers all the same items, prices and benefits of shopping on, but they donate .5 percent of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Before you start your shopping on AmazonSmile, make sure to select Colorado Boys Ranch Foundation as your charity of choice to ensure the donation amount goes free of charge to CBR YouthConnect. All proceeds go to helping Colorado kids and families through CBR’s community programs and resources.


Lakewood, Colorado. – December 3, 2018 – Come and dance the night away on January 18, 2019, at the best rodeo after-party during the National Western Stock Show from 7 p.m. to Midnight at the Forney Museum of Transportation. The Hats and Boots Extravaganza is a huge fundraiser for the Colorado Boys Ranch (CBR) YouthConnect and will consist of dancing, food and drinks.

In addition to delicious BBQ and a cash bar on site, there will be mechanical bull riding; country dancing, which includes two-step lessons; ‘cowboy contests’ which are quick draw, roll-a-roper and stick horse barrel racing; rodeo clowns and more!

The event follows the Pro Rodeo and is right across the road, so instead of going home, bring the whole family out! Tickets are $15 for single, $10 for senior and $30 for couples and families. Tickets will available to purchase online starting in mid-December.

Attending the event? Make sure to let us know by saying you are going on the Hats and Boots Extravaganza Facebook Event Page.

Interested in sponsoring the event? Learn how you can help make a difference at We also need volunteers! All volunteers will gain free admission into the event and there are a variety of opportunities. You can view all of the opportunities at

To learn more about the Hats and Boots Extravaganza, visit A downloadable flyer is available by clicking here.


Lakewood, Colorado. – October 22, 2018 – CBR YouthConnect (CBRYC), a 59-year-old Colorado non-profit dedicated to helping at risk youth and their families, announced today two new Board Members joining the organization, bringing the total Board Membership to twelve.  Both Mr. David Walcher (Sheriff of Arapahoe County) and Mr. Felipe Bohnet-Gomez (an Attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC) joined the Board at the October 10th Board Meeting with a unanimous vote.

Says CEO Tom Rose, “These two new Board Members will help increase our reach into the communities we serve.  We already have contractual relationships with Arapahoe County where Sheriff Walcher works.  In addition, we deal with troubled youths and families and his council to us on working with law enforcement will be invaluable.  Mr. Bohnet-Gomez often works with the same populations that we serve and his legal advice will be sought after in certain situations.”

CBRYC provides troubled youth growing up in unsafe and traumatic environments with the means and inspiration to become hopeful and productive citizens.  To date CBRYC has helped over 75,000 lives with mobile statewide in-home and community based programs.   CBRYC is the recipient of the prestigious Samaritan Institute Award for Non-Profit Ethics, and twice winner of the El Pomar Youth Organization of the Year Award.

Mike Sanders, Board Chairmen of CBRYC comments, “Both of these new Board additions have great character and are well respected in the community.   They believe in our mission of helping troubled youth and have experience doing just that.  The Board looks forward to their addition and the breadth of skills they bring with them in supporting the youth of Colorado.”


Lakewood, Colorado. – June 15, 2018 – CBR YouthConnect (CBRYC) announced today that Tom Rose has been named the successor to retiring Chief Executive Officer Chuck Thompson after his 37 years of service to the CBRYC and the Colorado Boys Ranch.  Mr. Rose starts June 25th as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the 59-year-old non-profit organization that has impacted over 75,000 youth and families through the years.

New CEO Tom Rose commented, “I am excited to join an organization with such a rich history of helping children and families with supportive and innovative programs and services. Chuck Thompson leaves such a positive legacy and large shoes for me to fill, but I am confident that with the support of the CBRYC staff and Board we will continue to make a substantial difference for children, youth, and their families.”

CBRYC’s provides troubled youth growing up in unsafe and traumatic environments with the means and inspiration to become hopeful and productive citizens. The organization also partners with over 25 organizations at 18 locations across the state.

Chuck Thompson helped to transform CBRYC from the nationally known Colorado Boys Ranch that was a licensed therapeutic residential treatment center in La Junta, CO to a more agile and innovative organization that is now distributed across Colorado.  The services are community-based and provided in the home, school, and community.  Thompson says “It has been my honor to work with such a dedicated staff and Board to deliver our services to the underserved children and families of Colorado.  In my short time with Tom, I know he will do great things to lead CBRYC into a strong future.”

Mike Sanders, Board Chairmen of CBRYC comments, “We are lucky to have found Tom.  After 37 years of leading and transforming CBRYC, Chuck has earned his retirement and deserves to have his legacy continue with a strong leader like Tom.  The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Rose as CBRYC continues to grow and provide needed services to the youth of Colorado.”