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Our Youth Services mission is to deliver programs to engage, prepare, and empower youth to meet the growing demands of a global economy. We strive to develop dynamic partnerships with the community and to construct the workforce of our future, one young person at a time. Youth Services monitors program outcomes, provides technical assistance, and coordinates program development for our community partners in order to ensure quality services are delivered to all that we serve.

Youth Employment Program (YEP)
We work collaboratively with five contractors – Denver Housing Authority, Urban Peak, Servicios de La Raza, Urban League of Denver and Flagship Help Center – to meet the diverse needs of job-seeking youth. These programs help youth reach their employment, education, and personal aspirations. Through career advising and mentorship, youth learn to prepare themselves for the future by setting goals and participating in activities to achieve personal growth.  

Our Youth Employment Program contractors strive to provide services in the following areas:

  • Encouragement to return to school, pursue secondary education and/or to find permanent employment
  • Reading and math skill tutoring, including GED prep
  • Job readiness classes
  • Career exploration, occupational information and job skills training as necessary
  • Work experience programs designed to build skills and lead to long-term employment
  • Job coaching and employment counseling


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Success Story

Turning a Career Dream into Reality
Emily Wake - Certified Nursing Assistant
Emily Wake knew since she was a little girl that she wanted to be in healthcare. As she grew up, the Denver Office of Economic Development’s Youth Services helped turn her dream into reality. Read More

Upcoming Workforce Development Events

Event StartTitle
1/26/2015 9:00 AM Computer Basics
1/26/2015 9:00 AM Acing the Interview Part 1
1/26/2015 1:00 PM Recurring Event: until 1/29/2015 (total 12 events) Kenexa/TABE