Summer Youth Employment Program

The Summer Job application is available starting March 9.

Remember that you must be a resident of the City and County of Denver to register for SYEP.

Use this link to register on the State's online database Connecting Colorado (CC) and follow the directions below.

  • If you have NEVER registered in CC, you will need to log on as a "NEW USER" with your Social Security Number and create a password.
  • If you have ALREADY registered in CC, use your SSN and password to log-in and update your information.
  • If you forgot your password, you can have a new one sent to your email address by clicking "Forgot Password" and entering your SSN. If you are still having trouble accessing your account, please contact our office at 720-865-5570.

Once you complete/update your Connecting Colorado Registration, you'll see a button "Apply for Summer jobs and programs through Denver Youth Services."  Click this button and complete all application questions (which may take 30 to 45 minutes).

Once you have completed both stages of the process, you will see a page that thanks you for your application. It will also give you further instructions on the next steps.

After you have registered with Connecting Colorado and submitted your application, your information will be screened by Youth Services for thoughtful answers, completeness and accuracy. You will be contacted by Youth Services if you are selected to continue on to the eligibility process.
You will be contacted by email or phone after the application screening process begins. It is a good idea to apply early, as applicants will be contacted according to the order in which applications were received. Make sure to keep your contact information up to date in Connecting Colorado.
If you are not selected for the program, your name automatically goes into the Governor's Summer Job Hunt referral program where you can continue with your job search and have direct contact with hiring employers.
The program will start with training in June and ends by September 30.

All participants will be required to participate in a full week of training prior to placement in a position. The training will include soft skills, life skills, financial literacy, and job readiness. 

No, you are paid only after completing the entire four-week program.

We have several target industry clusters to choose from:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Renewable industries
  • Information technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Customer Service/Retail

We hope this summer experience supports you in exploring your long-term career interests. We ask that you choose the area of employment that interests you the most, and that you can gain the most experience from. Some summer employment can turn into permanent employment for youth that show potential and work hard.
All employers are zoned by zip codes. We try to place all youth under the age of 18 within their zip code zone. That way the youth will not have a problem getting to and from their job site, and won't have to travel in the dark if taking the bus/light rail.

Each summer's funding is different, although you will earn a stipend at the end of the four-week program. We estimate the stipend to be $250.

Denver Youth Services

Our office is located at 1391 N. Speer Blvd. #520. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • When you get to the home page push the “New Job Seeker” button. The computer will ask a series of questions.
  • Answer all the questions to the best of your ability. If there are any questions that do not pertain to you, please put “n/a” in the answer box and continue.
  • When you get to the last page it will read “you are now registered” at the top of the page.
  • You may continue and look for job postings or you may logout of the system.
  • Please note that if you leave any answer boxes blank, the computer will consider the application incomplete and will put you back to the first page of the process.
There are several options if you do not have a computer:
  • Use an available computer at a Denver Workforce Center (Speer, Montbello, Westside, or DIA).

  • Complete the application from any Denver Public Library, Denver Public School, church or any computer with internet access.  

You may update your contact information at any time. All you have to do is:

Go into your Connecting Colorado account ( with your login and password information,

Push the update information icon and submit any changes that need to be updated.

Remember that it is very important to keep your contact information up to date so we can contact you regarding the status of your application.

Typically, you must be between 14-21 to participate in the Denver Youth services' programs. Some specific programs have unique requirements, so let us help you figure out which program is right for you.

  • If you are between the ages of 14 – 18 you need any picture ID (not expired), and birth certificate
  • If you are in between the ages of 18 – 21 you need a state-issued ID
  • All applicants must have a Social Security card (must be signed by you)
  • All applicants must provide 6 months proof of income. We will need proof of income for all parties that are receiving income who are living in the household. 
  • In addition if you are a male age of 18 or older, you must register with Selective Services, and bring a copy of the document as well.
You can obtain an ID or Drivers License at the Department of Motor Vehicles at 1865 W. Mississippi Ave. Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm or you may call 303.937.9507 to locate a full service office nearest you. The cost of the identification card is $10.50.
To get a social security card you must go to: 1500 Champa St., (2nd Floor) Denver, CO 80202. You may also call their toll free number at 1.800.772.1213. There is no cost to obtain a social security card. It takes approximately 7 to 10 business days to receive the original copy of the card.
Your application will be evaluated based on income guidelines provided by grants obtained by Denver Youth Services. Please be prepared to provide six months of income documentation for all persons in your household at the time of your application.
  • Paycheck stubs and/or tax information will be required from the previous 12 months if you are self employed.
  • For standard employment, and for all persons in your household, income verification must date back six months.
  • If you are a TANF, SNAP, or Refugee Assistance recipient, you may ask your case worker to print a report on your monthly benefits.
  • SSI/SSDI clients must use current statements.

Because these programs are designed to serve low and modest-income youth, we want to make sure that you are qualified. Government guidelines typically consider the income of all persons in a household. This is a rule that Denver Youth Services must follow.