Skip navigation

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.

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is continuing to deliver Denver’s WIOA In-School Youth program, ensuring that youth are on track to graduate and have opportunities to build their workforce skills and networks to transition to college and/or future careers.

This critical workforce program helps develop and support youth who are between the ages of 16 and 24 and are currently in school. This program helps create opportunities for youth, community partners and our city by investing in our youth’s workforce skills and abilities especially around finding a job with a livable wage, and building a sustainable future.

Being within DPS, our Program Specialists understand the struggles that some of our youth face and every day our team develops and maintains meaningful relationships to better support their needs and goals as defined by them and supported by our staff.

Denver’s in-school youth program is designed to help build engagement and confidence, help youth graduate on time, identify future education or career pathways and opportunities, and leverage the available resources that can eliminate barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. 

Questions about this program can be made to David Edmonds, Manager, Youth Self Sufficiency, at 720.423.2266, or Arys Subiadur, Senior Manager, Youth Self Sufficiency, at 720.423.2264.

Ability Connections of Colorado (ACCO) provides inclusive education, pathways to employment, and statewide family support programs to create opportunities and sustainable change for families across Colorado. It is a best practice organization and that works hard to ensure families receive the support they need to succeed.

ACCO is a proud contractor for the City and County of Denver’s Out of School Youth Program. ACCO’s Out of School Youth program is an extension of our signature, Ready To Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP), which is a career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities, disconnected youth, youth who have experienced trauma and youth who are currently involved with or are at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.  

 Participation in RAMP/OSY supports successful life transitions to employment, continued learning opportunities, independent living and supports youth in the eventual attainment of a livable wage as they move into adulthood.  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 OSY 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.

The OSY 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.

Inquiries about this program can be made to youthworks@abilityconnectioncolorado.org. You may also contact Youth Works  at 303.691.9339 x1136, or Tracie Hammons, ACCO’s Employment Works Director, at 303.691.9339 x1101 or thammons@abilityconnectioncolorado.org.

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 (720.279.8489) for youth who have a juvenile conviction as a barrier. 

 
 
 
 

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

 

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity


Phone: 720-913-1999

Contact Us

 
 


denver 8 engaging the city logo