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FOR YOUTH

 

We're Here to Help!

Our youth services mission is to offer a caring environment where you can get exposure to tomorrow's sustainable careers and stackable credentials. We can help you get a job--but we can also help with so much more than just "a paycheck." Through listening and coaching, and along with a range of supportive services, we are ready to help you experience that economic mobility can be so much more: a career, a future, a world of opportunity.

Our asset-based approach means that we help you explore your interests, talents and strengths--not focusing on your barriers or where you might fall short according to someone else's definition of success. With emphasis on training, education and attainable goals, we believe that you'll find that Denver Workforce Services and our contractor partners offer a true way forward.

 

Building Tomorrow's Workforce

Through our community partners, we help qualified, low-income youth reach their employment, education, and personal aspirations. We work with local service providers to help prepare young people to succeed, and we work with area employers to help place young people in jobs.

Through this spectrum of career advising and mentorship, job placement and ongoing support, these youth can prepare for the future by setting goals and participating in activities promoting personal growth. The resources available can be substantial--including tuition assistance.

We work collaboratively with contractors to meet the diverse needs of job-seeking youth who face a range of barriers in the workplace. 

We 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

These services are funded through the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

 

Each summer, Denver works with a variety of local employers to create rewarding, interesting work for local youth. Applicants receive a week of pre-employment training and then are placed in positions according to their interests. Applications for Summer 2018 will be available here in the spring.

 

The Denver OED originated its unique "Super Sophomores" program several years ago because we believe strongly in providing a paid, hands-on career exploration role for exceptional young students.

A "Super Sophomore" is defined as a second-semester freshman enrolled in Denver Public Schools who is deemed by the faculty to be one of the brightest at-risk students, with good grades, steady attendance and a great attitude. These are remarkable young people who demonstrate a commitment to learning and who aspire to success in spite of challenging barriers such as low income and other factors.

Our program individually places each of these exceptional students in an internship with a local employer that reflect their interests. Industries where we have created these internships include law, engineering, health care, medicine, marketing, and financial management. 

 

 

 

Each year the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt provides a vital link between classroom learning and on-the-job experience by matching young people eager to work with great summer employment opportunities. Open to young adults age 16 to 21, this statewide program provides a referral service to connect job seekers with employers. Economic circumstances are not a consideration for program registrants.

FOR YOUTH: Register on Connecting Colorado.

FOR EMPLOYERS: In order for your summer job opportunities to be included, please send an email to youth.services@denvergov.org with the following information:

1. Your company logo
2. A short paragraph about your company
3. The URL of your company’s jobs page