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For Youth

Our youth services mission is to offer a caring environment where youth and young adults can get exposure to tomorrow's sustainable careers and stackable credentials. We can help them 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 our young local residents 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 youth explore their interests, talents and strengths--not focusing on the barriers or where someone 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.

For information about our In-School Youth program through the Denver Public Schools, contact Kathleen McCleary, 720.913.1687. 

Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO) is delivering Denver’s federally funded program as a city’s lead contractor, and two local nonprofits are on deck, too . . . ensuring that no unemployed or underemployed youth is left behind.

This important workforce program helps young people who are between the ages of 16 and 24, currently not in school, and who reside in the City & County of Denver. Sadly, such youth are sometimes defined as “disconnected,” which can make them hard to reach for help making a home, finding a job with a livable wage, and building a future.

We understand that because these young people may lack secure housing, academic credentials, an employment history, or resume/interviewing skills, they will likely struggle. Denver’s program is designed to help build engagement and confidence, help youth identify an education or career path, and tap into available resources that can eliminate barriers to employment -- such as clothing and transportation.

Inquiries about this program can be made to You may also contact Christine Naylor, ACCO’s Employment Consultant, at 303.691.9339 x1136, or Tracie Hammons, ACCO’s Youth Services Director, at 303.691.9339 x1101.

We are serious about serving all youth who need more focused support. We have contracted with Urban Peak (303.974.2900) to provide employment services for youth experiencing homelessness, and with the Center for Employment Opportunities (719.941.9317) for youth who have a juvenile conviction as a barrier. 


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101 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Phone: 720-913-1999

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