JC Futrell is an award winning poet and community mentor, as well as a 2016 Denver Urban Spectrum African Americans Who Make a Difference recipient. A Metropolitan State College of Denver graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, Mr. Futrell strives to reach the youth in our community, guiding them in reaching their dreams. Mr. Futrell has been an instructor, job coach and job developer for the Youth Employment Academy since 2007. Mr. Futrell excels in the classroom preparing youth to earn their GED, graduate from high school or successfully complete college classes. In addition, he also teaches job readiness training, career exploration, personal finance and our industry academies in healthcare, customer service and advanced manufacturing. Just as importantly, Mr. Futrell works with area employers to hire youth from the YEA program and supports those youth as a job coach in order for them to be successful. Previously to work at YEA, Mr. Futrell taught art classes and led projects for various community groups as well as working as a graphic designer. Mr. Futrell also continues to write and perform his poetry around the United States.