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Summer Employment

The Summer Job application process opened in 2015 on March 9 and closed on April 30. We are not accepting summer applications at this time.

After you have registered with Connecting Colorado and submitted your application, your information will be screened by Youth Services for thoughtful answers, completeness and accuracy. You will be contacted by Youth Services if you are selected to continue on to the eligibility process.

You will be contacted by email or phone after the application screening process begins. It is a good idea to apply early, as applicants will be contacted according to the order in which applications were received. Make sure to keep your contact information up to date in Connecting Colorado.

If you are not selected for Denver's Summer Employment program, your name automatically goes into the  Governor's Summer Job Hunt referral program where you can continue with your job search and have direct contact with hiring employers. 

Meanwhile, remember that you are always welcome to receive Education & Career services for youth through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) at any Denver Workforce Center. This means you can attend resume writing, interviewing, and various job search training sessions. 

The program will start with training in June and ends in August. Each employer manages their own positions, but youth are limited to working up to 160 hours.

All participants will be required to participate in a full week of training prior to placement in a position. The training will include career exploration, soft skills, life skills, financial literacy, and job readiness. 

No, you are paid only after your work assignment is in place.

We have several target industry clusters to choose from:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Renewable industries
  • Information technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Customer Service/Retail

    We hope this summer experience supports you in exploring your long-term career interests. We ask that you choose the area of employment that interests you the most, and that you can gain the most experience from. Some summer employment can turn into permanent employment for youth that show potential and work hard.

All employers are zoned by zip codes. We try to place all youth under the age of 18 within their zip code zone. That way the youth will not have a problem getting to and from their job site, and won't have to travel in the dark if taking the bus/light rail.

For 2015, we are paying $8.23 an hour. The pay periods follow the City and County of Denver schedule, and youth will receive details in their pre-employment training as part of orientation.

For more information

Denver Youth Services' office is temporarily located at the Westside Workforce Center, 1200 Federal, 1st Floor. Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. You can walk into any Denver Workforce Center at Montbello, Westside, or DIA to access Education & Career Services (WIA).

  • When you get to the home page push the “New Job Seeker” button. The computer will ask a series of questions.
  • Answer all the questions to the best of your ability. If there are any questions that do not pertain to you, please put “n/a” in the answer box and continue.
  • When you get to the last page it will read “you are now registered” at the top of the page.
  • You may continue and look for job postings or you may logout of the system.
  • Please note that if you leave any answer boxes blank, the computer will consider the application incomplete and will put you back to the first page of the process.

There are several options if you do not have a computer:
  • Use an available computer at a Denver Workforce Center (Speer, Montbello, Westside, or DIA).

  • Complete the application from any Denver Public Library, Denver Public School, church or any computer with internet access.  

You may update your contact information at any time. All you have to do is:

Go into your Connecting Colorado account ( with your login and password information,

Push the update information icon and submit any changes that need to be updated.

Remember that it is very important to keep your contact information up to date so we can contact you regarding the status of your application.

Typically, you must be between 14-21 to participate in the our programs. Each program has unique requirements, so let us help you figure out which Denver program is right for you.

  • Our Youth Academies are for ages 14-15.
  • Our Summer Employment program is for ages 16-18.
  • Transitions for Youth is for ages 14-21.
  • Education & Career Services (WIA) are available for youth and you are welcome to transition to all regular programs at our Denver Workforce Centers at age 18.
  • "Super Sophomores" have completed the 10th grade.
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) Emerging Professionals are college undergraduate students who have typically completed at least two years of study.

  • If you are between the ages of 14-18 you need any picture ID (not expired), and birth certificate
  • If you are in between the ages of 18-21 you need a state-issued ID (i.e., drivers license or state ID card)
  • All applicants must have a Social Security card (must be signed by you)
  • All applicants must provide six months proof of income. We will need proof of income for all parties that are receiving income who are living in the household 
  • In addition, if you are a male age 18 or older, you must register with Selective Services at, and bring a copy of the document as well

You can obtain an ID or Drivers License at the Department of Motor Vehicles at 1865 W. Mississippi Ave. Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm or you may call 303.937.9507 to locate a full service office nearest you. The cost of the identification card is $10.50.

To get a social security card you must go to: 1500 Champa St., (2nd Floor) Denver, CO 80202. You may also call their toll free number at 1.800.772.1213. There is no cost to obtain a social security card. It takes approximately 7 to 10 business days to receive the original copy of the card.

Your application will be evaluated based on income guidelines provided by grants obtained by Denver Youth Services. Please be prepared to provide six months of income documentation for all persons in your household at the time of your application.

  • Paycheck stubs and/or tax information will be required from the previous 12 months if you are self employed.
  • For standard employment, and for all persons in your household, income verification must date back six months.
  • If you are a TANF, SNAP, or Refugee Assistance recipient, you may ask your case worker to print a report on your monthly benefits.
  • SSI/SSDI clients must use current statements.

Because these programs are designed to serve low and modest-income youth, we want to make sure that you are qualified. Government guidelines typically consider the income of all persons in a household. This is a rule that Denver Youth Services must follow.


Denver Workforce Centers

1200 Federal Blvd., 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80204
Located in the Denver Department of Human Services building
Weekday Hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Phone: 720.944.1615
Fax: 720.944.4131

4685 Peoria St., Suite 251
Denver, CO 80239
Weekday Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm 
Phone: 720.865.4800

8500 Pena Blvd.
Main Terminal - Fifth Floor
Denver, CO 80249
Weekday Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm 
Phone: 303.342.2590