Jun 3, 2011 7:45 PM by David Ortiviz

Youth offenders view graduation as second chance

Today marks a new beginning for 54 young people in Pueblo. This morning Century High School held a graduation ceremony. The school operates as part of the Pueblo City Schools system and under Colorado's Youth Offender System. Young people who are convicted of felonies get the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and get their lives back on track.

"I didn't have any goals before I came here, no high school credits, no nothing. So this has really been a big opportunity for me," said Heather Trujillo, a graduate. Reporter: "Turned your life around?" Trujillo: "It turned my life around. It really did."

"They get a second chance here and they really take advantage of it. Gives them a new foundation for a start to a new life," said Jeff Comfort, the principal.

The Youth Offender System also offers course work in higher education and the potential to earn an associates degree.



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