Who are the girls at Excelsior?
• Last year 358 girls were served. Of the clients
who discharged, 94% successfully completed
Excelsior’s treatment program and returned to a
less restrictive environment. Through Excelsior’s
educational and treatment programs, the girls
are learning healthier lifestyles and constructive
• Forty-eight percent of Excelsior’s residents
come from Colorado with the majority of those
from the Denver metropolitan area.
• Of the out-of-state population, the vast
majority came from cities throughout
California including Los Angeles, San Francisco
and Sacramento. Other states include Virginia,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Illinois.
• The referring agencies include: human
services/social services 58%; school districts
50%; mental health agencies 18%; probation
13%. Most (54%) of Excelsior’s clients are
• The ethnicity of our high-risk students:
47% Caucasian; 23% Hispanic; 14% African
American; 14% Multiracial; 1% Asian; 1%
• When asked their religious preference the girls
answered: Christian 58%; None 40%; Jewish
1%; other 1%.
• Excelsior employs more than 324 people
including: Licensed Masters and Bachelors
degreed therapists and group care staff,
Recreation Therapists, Psychiatrists, Consulting
Psychologists, School Principal, Colorado
Licensed Teachers, Educational Diagnosticians,
Registered Nurses and administrative and
• 204 community members volunteered 1,900
hours at EYC serving in various ways.
Major Accomplishments This Year:
• The beautiful new Teen Center was a buzz of
year round activity each evening and weekend.
Classes included yoga, cooking, dance, arts n’
crafts. Movie nights were particularly popular.
• Wellness Initiative: Girls and staff met regularly
for exercise and nutritional advice. They utilized
the new elliptical machines, exercise bikes and Wii
Fit in the Teen Center.
• Outdoor Swimming Pool provided a venue for
summer swim classes, life saving instruction and
recreational swimming throughout the season.
• Bully Proofing continued at Excelsior as the
campus-wide bully-proofing program empowered
the girls’ awareness. The effective program
continues to positively impact improved behavior
July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
• Enhanced drug abuse prevention programs
served every Excelsior client this past year. Results
show marked improvement in the girls’ attitudes and
behaviors in the community
• Ever Upward: Love & Laughter- Excelsior’s
annual May fundraising gala honored 4 Triumphant
Women: Angela Schneider-Barkus, Lisza Gulyas, Jill
Farquhar, Angie Austin and Hostess, Edie Marks.
Presenting sponsor of the gala
was Land Rover
Denver East. GIRLS
ONLY, featured at
the Denver Center
for the Performing
What brought them to Excelsior?
Most of the clients came from a detention facility (24%), a psychiatric hospital (19%)
or another residential treatment center (11%). Other living conditions included group
and foster homes, shelters and 23% of them came from living with their families.
• Their backgrounds may include 28 different issues though the highest ranking
incidents include: depression 78%; assaultive behaviors 69%; runaway 69%; victims
of sexual abuse 50% and victims of physical abuse 47%. Fifty-four percent of the girls
had a history of drug abuse. The clinical personality diagnoses includes 62% conduct
disorder and 41% demonstrated symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.
• The girls received treatment and education at Excelsior for an average of 12.5 months
before being discharged.
• After the average 12.5-month stay at Excelsior, 94% of the girls discharged to a less
Where did they go?
• Returning to their families represented
the vast majority at 40%. Moving to a
group home or foster home were 26% and
transitioning to emancipation was 6% of
High School Progress:
Excelsior’s High School reports
increased standardized test scores
for those students who remained
here long enough to take two annual
exams. At Excelsior, school attendance
is mandatory resulting in a marked
improvement in daily classroom grades.
• From August 2008 through May 2009 at
three high school graduation ceremonies 19
girls graduated from Excelsior High School.
• Excelsior Scholarships: Last year, fifteen
former Excelsior students from around the
country received financial assistance from
Excelsior Youth Center to further their
academic success. One student received the
Daniels Fund Opportunity Scholarship II, which is designated for students
from Excelsior Youth Center who attend the Community College of Aurora.
Other scholarships include the Tori B. Schmitt Scholarship, William Gregory
Scholarship, Lawton Scholarship and Schramm Scholarship.
Annual Report : Fiscal Year • July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Fee for Service
June 30, 2009
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 1,982,083
Accounts Receivable, Net 1,551,403
Property and Equipment, Net 6,567,213
Scholarship Fund 373,559
Other Assets 202,175
Total Assets $ 25,287,401
Liabilities and Net Assets
Accounts Payable $ 380,823
Accrued Payroll and Benefits 1,471,108
Long-Term Debt 2,935,000
Other Liabilities 143,674
Total Liabilities 4,930,605
Unrestricted Fund 13,373,865
Property and Equipment, Net 6,567,213
Restricted Assets 415,718
Total Net Assets 20,356,796
Total Liabilities and Net Assets $ 25,287,401
Independent Auditors: Corder & Engle , P.C., Denver, Colorado
A full audit is available upon request.
Note: The above figures include the combined net assets of
Excelsior Youth Center and The Excelsior Youth Foundation.
Excelsior Youth Center
15001 East Oxford Avenue • Aurora, Colorado 80014
Phone: 303.693.1550 • Fax:303.693.8309 • www.excelsioryc.org