With our partners, we have provided 57,000 books to K-3 students, 8000 meals for students, and 300 youth jobs!

Our YAPA staff is a passionate group of individuals dedicated to the pursuit of the betterment of youth and families in Far Northeast and Metropolitan Denver.

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Cassandra Ernst, Executive Director

Office Number: 720-541-6522
Email Address: cassandraernst@yapacolorado.org

A passionate connector and collaborator, who is dedicated to utilizing existing dreamers and doers in communities to impact greater change.

Cassandra Ernst is the Executive Director of Programs for the Young Adults for Positive Action. Before being hired as full-time staff, she served at the Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Ms. Ernst moved to Colorado from Indiana and graduated from Asbury University with a bachelor degree in Sociology and Youth Ministry. Her life mission is to advance the lives of young people through pursing individual and systemic transformation, so that each person will have an equitable chance at accomplishing his or her dreams.



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Maureen Penley, Education Consultant


Email Address: maureen_penley@dpsk12.org

Bio coming soon.