Let's Get to Work!

Beginning March 9, Youth Services is Accepting Summer Youth Employment Applications! 

Click the blue button below for details on how to apply!

Our Youth Services mission is to deliver programs to engage, prepare, and empower youth to meet the growing demands of a global economy. We strive to develop dynamic partnerships with the community and to construct the workforce of our future, one young person at a time. Youth Services monitors program outcomes, provides technical assistance, and coordinates program development for our community partners in order to ensure quality services are delivered to all that we serve.

We offer several different programs for your benefit, some during the summer months only and some year-round. We'll help you figure out exactly which programs and services best fit your unique needs. Here's our monthly calendar, too.

Programs We Offer

We work collaboratively with four contractors – Denver Housing Authority, Urban Peak, Servicios de La Raza, and the Denver Public Schools– to meet the diverse needs of job-seeking youth. These programs help you reach your employment, education, and personal aspirations. Through career advising and mentorship, you will learn to prepare for the future by setting goals and participating in activities to achieve personal growth.  Here is contact and location information on these four contractors.

Our Youth Employment Program contractors 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

We now offer a range of fast-paced, four-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. In 2015, we expect to offer Youth Academies on:

Renewable Industries

Advanced Manufacturing

Information Technology


Customer Service/Retail

To apply for an academy, you must begin with creating your profile in Connecting Colorado here. When your profile is complete, you will see a button to apply for Denver Youth Services programs. Don't delay! These are popular academies and will surely fill up fast!

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.

Here's an information sheet that explains more.

Youth who successfully complete the up-front training have an opportunity to participate in subsidized employment learning opportunities, on-the-job training, and job shadow experiences. 

We develop relationships with employers and comprehensively support them in the hiring and retention of this specialized population. Targeted and customized job development is geared toward permanent placement. Key principles of our involvement include:

· 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

If this program sounds like something you could use--either as a youth jobseeker or an employer--please contact Alyssa Wasick at alyssa/wasick@denvergov.org or call 720-236-2697 today.

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. 

FOR YOUTH: Register on www.connectingcolorado.com.

FOR EMPLOYERS: In order for your summer job opportunities to be included, please send an email to youth.services@denvergov.org with the following information:

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

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Denver Workforce Centers

1391 N. Speer Blvd. Suite 500
Denver, CO 80204
14th & Speer, in the Parkway Professional Building above King Soopers 
Weekday Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm
Phone: 720.865.5619
Fax: 720.865.5685
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

Upcoming Workforce Development Events

Event StartTitle
3/5/2015 9:00 AM Computer Basics
3/5/2015 1:00 PM Kenexa/TABE
3/6/2015 9:00 AM Recurring Event: until 3/31/2015 (total 9 events) One-on-One Lab

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