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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 2017 will be available here in the spring.


It's not just their future . . . it's YOURS.

Several years ago, Denver’s OED launched a joint project with the highly admired Denver Scholarship Foundation.

DSF carefully selects high-achieving but disadvantaged high school graduates and awards them with a four-year education in Colorado. We add a real-world, on the job professional work experience to the complement the academic rigor as these impressive young people earn their undergraduate degrees.

OED’s strength is in working with local companies to build success, including ensuring a skilled talent pool for employers to hire from.

Employers, that’s where you come in.

We are seeking visionary employers who know that finding top talent is critical to your company’s future. By investing in a summer internship with a high-achieving scholar, you’re serving both the student’s interests and your own. You’ll immediately understand why a third of our students last year were invited to stay (or return) after their eight-week summer internships ended.

We think this match of DSF’s rigorous program and our connections with area employers is a winning idea!

This is obviously not anything like a typical summer job program. These are exceptional students who have completed at least two years of college and are maintaining the kind of achievement and motivation that DSF saw when they were awarded their undergraduate scholarships.

We are proud to support this elite group of ambitious, motivated young professionals who seek careers in energy, finance, law, and marketing, among others. They come from disadvantaged situations yet have demonstrated great discipline and focus, and where they’re going is limited only by our imaginations.

Information about Summer 2017 internships will be available in early 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 summer, we offer a range of fast-paced, two-week "Youth Academies" that focus on topics that we know interest young people--and based on industries that offer the most promising and lucrative future careers. Upon completion, youth typically earn a $250 cash stipend. In 2016, we offered Youth Academies on:

Customer Service/Retail

Health Care

Culinary Arts

Academies are for youth ages 14-15. Details on future opportunities for Youth Academies will be available in Spring 2017.


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 with the following information:

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


Denver Workforce Services

1200 Federal Blvd., 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80204
Located in the Denver Department of Human Services building
Weekday Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4685 Peoria St., Suite 251
Denver, CO 80239
Weekday Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

8500 Pena Blvd.
Main Terminal - Fifth Floor
Denver, CO 80249
Weekday Hours: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m.  

3815 Steele St
Denver, CO 80205
Located in the Denver Department of Human Services building
Weekday Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.