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Good News Breakfast celebration scheduled

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The 28th Annual Good News Breakfast will be held at 6:59 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., in Golden. The keynote speaker is former 9News anchor Mark Koebrich.

The theme is “Jeffco at Work: Providing Pathways for a Changing World.” The breakfast will honor individuals and organizations that support, encourage and prepare community members for the 21st century workforce.

Chef Joachim Schaaf also will be inducted in to the Hall of Fame for his efforts each year on behalf of the Good News Coalition. Year after year, Schaaf and his students from Warren Tech arrive at the fairgrounds at the crack of dawn to provide a delicious breakfast.

This year’s honorees include:

• Deputy David Bruening, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

The school resource officer at Dakota Ridge High School, he developed a weeklong Youth Academy, which includes formal classroom courses as well as interactive experiences with the SWAT team and K9s.

• Community and Family Connections Team, Jeffco Schools

Rebecca Dunn, Laura Monreal, Beatriz Monsalve, Oscar Fonseca, Naomi Xayavongsa and Amy McDaniel comprise this team that oversees services to many of the 3,000 students in Jeffco experiencing homelessness.

• Athan Miller, Jack’s & Steamers

Athan Miller, co-owner of Jack’s & Steamers in Arvada, employs 130 people. Seventy of the employees are people with disabilities who learn how to interact with restaurant and coffee shop customers. Miller teaches critical skills that help students find employment in the restaurant industry.

• Jeffco Public Library, Girls in STEM

The program inspires middle school girls to pursue careers in the sciences by offering free, interactive STEM classes, just for girls, at Bell Middle School. In addition, the Golden Library, in conjunction with the Colorado School of Mines, hosts an annual STEM Girls Competition for girls in grades 5 through 8.

• Jeffco Boys & Girls Club – Det. Dave Adams, Probation Officer Fred Peters, Director Shelly Kelley

The Jeffco Boys and Girls Club provides an after-school program where students receive mentoring and support to be contributing citizens of the community, seek higher education and enter the workforce in skilled positions.

• Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center

The Business and Workforce Center promotes economic vitality by matching employees to businesses. The center offers numerous programs that assist diverse community members in entering new careers, enhancing their education and training for new work opportunities.

• Chef Joachim Schaaf

For 28 years, Schaaf has empowered Jeffco high school students to pursue careers in culinary arts. In addition, he teaches adults  through Red Rocks Community College and the Rocky Mountain Chefs apprenticeship program.

• Gold Crown Enrichment

Gold Crown Enrichment provides instruction and mentoring for hundreds of kids, ages 10-18, through hands-on learning.

To purchase tickets for this year’s Good News Breakfast, go to www.goodnewsjeffco.org. For questions, contact Jeanne at 303-432-5174 or email jeanne@jcmh.org.

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