Transitions for Young Adults


The Transitions for Young Adults (TYA) program was developed to address the specialized needs of participants aged 16 to 21 who have been adjudicated or convicted of a criminal charge and, because of these circumstances, are having difficulty obtaining employment.


Coordinated Case Management

· Activities coordinated across agencies

· Geared toward skill training and career path development

· Specialized services that address offender-specific risk factors

· Connections with collaborative support services

Work 4 $uccess

A standardized offender-specific employment readiness and retention curriculum delivered by all partner agencies, and recognized across systems.

· Shared resources across partner agencies

· Includes elements of Basic Skills Remediation

· Career mapping and career preparation assistance

· Job Retention focused on career success

Connections to Employment

Youth who successfully complete the Work 4 $uccess curriculum have an opportunity to participate in subsidized employment learning opportunities, on-the-job training, and job shadow experiences. 

Using a dual customer approach, TYA develops relationships with employers and comprehensively supports them in the hiring and retention of this specialized population. Targeted and customized job development is geared toward permanent placement. Key principles of employer engagement include:

· Providing access to Work Opportunity Tax Credits and Federal Bonding

· Learning about employer needs and preferences

· Assessing the job seekers’ experience, skills and personality to make good matches

· Following up to ensure job retention

· Taking action when problems arise on the job


The TYA partnership includes an alliance of over 25 local agencies who serve youth offenders. Programs with similar goals, target populations and services are coordinated to maximize the expertise of our partners and reduce overlap or duplication of services. By leveraging resources and streamlining participation, we can be more effective in Denver’s efforts to:

· Increase employment obtainment for re-entering citizens

· Increase employment retention for ex-offenders

· Reduce youth recidivism