Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid phone number.
Please enter a message.


The Hummingbird Initiative is modeled after a national coalition called Faces for the Future. CU Anschutz implemented this program at Manual High School in fall of 2017. Since starting, all students participating in the program at Manual High School have graduated, compared to an overall school graduation rate of 69%. At the time of graduation, over 90% of participants intend to pursue a career in the health profession and continue directly into post-secondary pathways, including college, certification programs or employment.


The Hummingbird Initiative will focus on the following key priorities, among others: 

Education and employment: Offer certifications, entry-level employment and educational placements for teens moving through the Hummingbird pipeline.

Wrap-around services: Provide resources  students with social needs as well as address individual mental health challenges.

Mentorship: Provide structured advice from professionals on pursuing behavioral health careers as well as peer mentorship and school-based support.


Workforce development: Provide a roadmap for students to get stacking degrees (i.e., certification followed by associates and bachelors). This initiative will be through the CU Anschutz health science programs and community behavioral health programs. Every student in the Hummingbird Initiative will also have the opportunity to enroll in a certified nurse assistant (CNA), medical assistant (MA) or emergency medical technician (EMT) program, each of which is often required for entry level positions in behavioral health. Further, other trainings will be offered to students, such as Mental Health First Aid, Trauma-Informed Care, Substance Use Disorders and Opioid Addiction and Narcan Use.