Economic mobility is the ability of an individual, family, or community to move along the economic spectrum in terms of wealth and income. There are many social and economic barriers, such as chronic unemployment, poverty, and lack of education that restrict or prevent the attainment of positive economic mobility.
Social determinants and demographic information indicate that the communities of Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea face barriers to rise in the economic spectrum. As part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative's (NDCC) vision to build vibrant north Denver communities that are strong, healthy and connected, the NDCC is partnering with city agencies and non-profit organizations to create pilot programs focused on economic mobility.
These pilot programs consist of a series of initiatives for families and individuals in the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods. These initiatives center on education, workforce development, entrepreneurship and leadership, and target youth, women, and small businesses.
In partnership with Denver Public School's CareerConnects program, the NDCC is piloting a Career Residency program for five high-school students from the communities of Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea. This is a three-year, paid residency program, where upon completion the students could earn a high school diploma, enough college credits towards an associate's degree, and a direct pathway for employment.
The Career Residency program brings together formal academic training and practical work experiences. The program strives to provide each student with a well-rounded experience by introducing them to a diverse and comprehensive look at city agencies involved in the success of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.
Career Residency positions coming up in fall 2018:
Please consult our page for complete position descriptions at a later time.
This pilot program will work with small business owners in Globeville, Elyria and Swansea to develop professional tools to raise their business profiles and amplify their market visibility.
Marketing has changed significantly for small businesses. This pilot program brings increased opportunities and diversified channels of support to small businesses.
Small business owners in Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea will receive one-on-one marketing consultant support, allowing them to better engage with customers, gain skills to low-cost marketing options, and transition to new ways of utilizing business tools.
Developing skills for the current needs of today's job market and having access to employers are key factors to achieve upward economic mobility.
The NDCC and its partner city agencies are committed to increase awareness, outreach, training and employment of individuals from economically disadvantaged areas, such as Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea (GES), who may experience barriers to acquire necessary work skills to enter the job market.
Through joint efforts across the City, NDCC strives to connect residents in GES with career pathways for their continued professional success.
The Adelante Program, a collaboration between the City and County of Denver and the Central 70 Project, is bringing improvements to about 300 homes located within the project's mitigation area. The program is offering interested individuals paid on-the-job training, and affterwards the opportunity to work in implementing the home improvements. Read the details here.
Looking for a career in construction? Learn more here.