Bridges to Work

As a nation, we face a challenge of tremendous consequence that we cannot continue to ignore…. The economic future of our country depends on the next generation of young Americans becoming ready for college, work, and life… Only comprehensive investments - made now - will reconnect youth and secure their futures, our communities and our nation as a whole.” 

- Campaign for Youth, National Investment Strategy  for Reconnecting America’s Youth




City of Denver Youth Employment Programs: 

Bridges to Work (BTW):  Supported by local business investment, this high-level internship program is designed to support educational engagement while preparing Denver youth for career pathways. BTW challenges Denver youth with dynamic training, leadership skills and work experience opportunities to mold strong productive students, committed citizens, economic participants and successful workers.  This program is for highly committed individuals and has the following requirements and objectives.

BTW Youth Candidate Requirements:

  • Denver Residents (must prove Denver residency)
  • High School Seniors and College Students 
  • Age 18 to 21 by June 11th, 2013.
  • Verifiable G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher (transcripts required)
  • Strong School Attendance (school attendance history required)
  • Income Guidelines (need to qualify under income guidelines as posted for general youth programs)
  • High Level of Participant Commitment (3 weeks of training; 160 hours of internship experience)
  • Respectful, Responsible and Reliable (supported with a letter of reference)
  • Focused and Intentional (requires responses to two essay questions)
      • What does the “American Dream” look like to you?
      • How do you think this BTW training opportunity can support that dream?
  • Available for training
  • Opportunity to earn up to $1,500.00


BTW is a summer experience that will potentially transform your life.  It will require you to be engaged and committed to attending training.  Full devotion to the internship work-experience is also required. 


If you are up for the challenge – follow the general SYEP application instructions (see FAQs) and complete the enrollment in Connecting Colorado and the linked on-line application.  Then, bring your letter of recommendation along with your written responses to the above two essay questions to the Youth Services office at 1391 Speer Blvd, Suite 520, Denver, 80204. All complete packets are due by close of business on March 30th.   Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 to 4:30.  Please note that your essay questions will not be accepted if you have not completed the Connecting Colorado enrollment AND the on-line application.  Final youth participants will be selected through a competitive application review and a live interview process.