Important Announcement by CEO, Patrick Byrne


Dear Denver Kids, Inc. Community,

With a heavy heart and excitement for the future I am reaching out to let you know that I am preparing for my departure as the CEO of Denver Kids at the end of 2022. As partners in our mission to serve Denver’s youth, I want to thank you for your continuous support of our students and staff, and share with you our plans to move forward during this transition.

Led by our Board of Directors, we have established a hiring committee that will include board and staff input to lead a thoughtful, inclusive, and thorough search process for a new CEO for Denver Kids.

As this transition takes place, we are committed to continuing our three-year strategic plan. Thanks to the health of the organization and the incredible team in place, we can be intentional and thoughtful in identifying a successor for our next CEO and I look forward to supporting the transition.  

In my more than 20 years with Denver Kids and Denver Urban Scholars, we have continued to evolve and expand our program approach, deepened our relationships with students and their families, invested in sustainable and diverse fundraising sources, and built lasting community partnerships. I am immensely proud of this work and team.

Denver Kids has a strong, dedicated team of individuals and has truly been the highlight of my professional career. I have been honored to work alongside young people and families within Denver Public Schools. The lessons, learnings, and relationships have inspired me as I prepare for my next chapter in my career. I believe that it is healthy for organizations to make room for new leadership, ideas, and innovation that will carry on Denver Kids’ mission to empower students to positively shape their lives, successfully complete high school, and pursue post-secondary options.

Our team will continue to support students as they pursue their passions. I am grateful to our supporters, donors, volunteers, and team—many of whom have been with us for decades—and pledge to honor your commitment to Denver Kids and keep you apprised as we look forward with certainty and excitement to all that lies ahead.

With appreciation,

Patrick Byrne,


Denver Kids, Inc.