Summer Youth Employment Program FAQs

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Application is available starting February 24th.

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 (SSN) 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 720-865-5700, option 1.


Once you complete/update your Connecting Colorado Registration, click on the HOME button at the top left side of the page. You will see a white banner (at the bottom of the page) that says "Apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program".  Click this link 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 unpaid training prior to placement in a position. The training will include: Soft/Life Skills, Financial Literacy, and Job Readiness. You will also have the opportunity to receive industry-specific training in:

  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Healthcare & Social Assistance
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Retail Sales
  • Skilled Trades
Participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program will not be paid to participate in training.
In order to be placed in a summer position, we need to ensure to employers that you are prepared to go to work and learn new skills. The training that has been developed by the Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to help you gain the skills to get, keep and grow on the job. This training is made available on a scholarship basis to participants who qualify for our program.


What you’ll learn

What will you earn?


Fee waived for qualified

OED participants

Job Readiness Training

Resume preparation

Interview skills

Workplace etiquette

Job Readiness certification from OED



Financial Literacy


How to buy a car

How to rent an apartment

Credit Management

Understand your paycheck

Understand payroll taxes

Earn a stipend for opening a bank account



Soft Skills Training

Team Work


Self respect

Problem solving

Certification of Work Readiness from OED



Health Care Academy (optional)

Skills for entry-level jobs in the Health Care industry

First Aid/CPR Certification



Skilled Trades(optional)

Sustainable energy

Energy conservation strategies

Environmental conservation

OSHA Certification



Business Services


Computer basics, how to use office machines, customer service skills.

Microsoft Certification



Accommodation & Food Services / Retail Sales(optional)

Hospitality, retail, and culinary skills

Serv Safe Certification



We have 5 target industry clusters to choose from:

  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Healthcare & Social Assistance
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Retail Sales
  • Skilled Trades

SYEP is geared toward supporting 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 are hard working.
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.
If you complete training, you will be eligible for up to 160 hours of work experience for the summer. All youth earn $8.00 per hour.
Paydays fall on every other Friday.  Participants will not be able to pick up checks unless they have turned in original timesheets and have a valid picture ID.
Participants will receive a calendar of when timesheets are due and when checks will be available for pick up.
We suggest a family member to come pick up paychecks if you are unable to pick it up yourself. The person you choose needs to have a written letter from you stating that they have permission to get the check. They will also need a copy of your ID and have their ID as well at the time the check is being issued.

Youth Employment Program FAQs

Our office is located at 1391 N. Speer Blvd. #520. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm

  • 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.

Options for Completing Applications: 

  • Complete the application(s) from home.  
  • Wait for an available computer at the Denver Youth Services Workforce Center  
  • Complete the application(s) from any Denver Public Library, Denver Public School, church or any computer with internet access.  
  • Complete a paper application at the Denver Youth Services Workforce Center**


** Application is on a First Come, First Served Basis… Paper applications may take up to 7 business days to be processed, which WILL affect the order of application receipt.

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.

You must be 14 – 21 to participate in the Youth Employment Program.
  • 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 youth)
  • 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.
Youth participants will be served based on income guidelines provided by grants obtained by OED-WD - Youth Services. Please be prepared to provide 6 months of income documentation to be turned in at the time of program application.

Income verification must date back 6 months. 

  • Paycheck stubs and/or tax information from previous year (if self employed)
  • If you are a TANF or Food Stamps, or Refugee Assistance recipient, you may ask your case worker to print you out a report on your monthly benefits.
  • SSI/SSDI clients may use the SSI/SSDI statements received by the SSI/SSDI office.