The Denver Youth Employment Program

  • The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is now the Denver Youth Employment Program (DYEP)!

    Important! DYEP is now only accepting application for youth referred by an employer, all other youth will be added to our waitlist should opportunities become available! 

    The Denver Youth Employment Program (DYEP) provides youth access to workforce development, career exposure, and opportunities to further their individual passions and goals through foundational work experience opportunities with local organizations, businesses and other high growth industries. Youth receive support from the FACE DYEP Job Coaches and through mentorship and coaching from local leaders, business owners, and community members.  

    DYEP typically consists of a 120-hour work experience with various employers representing a diverse array of opportunities across the City of Denver. Youth are required to complete a Job Readiness Training (JRT) prior placement and beginning their experience. DYEP is meant as an opportunity for youth to explore and be supported through their first work experience to ensure they have the skills to pay the bills. Youth are supported throughout their work experience to leverage financial literacy practices and soft skills learned in their JRT during their experience.

    DYEP Summer Program Flyer

    DYEP Flyer in Spanish


  • How to Apply

    Applications for the 2021 DYEP will be accepted between now and May 17th, 2021!

    **For your security, please to not send documents containing Personally Identifyable Information (PII) including ID's, Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards, etc. through email.**

  • What to Expect

    Simple Process Map

    1. Complete the online application.
    2. After May 17th, a DYEP representative will review your application for eligibility.
    3. If eligible, a DYEP representative will reach out to you to discuss placement options and refer you to DYEP employer partners.
    4. If selected, DYEP employer partner(s) will reach out to you to schedule an interview.
    5. If hired, a DYEP representative will reach out to you to complete program onboarding, inclusive of a 4-hour job readiness training.
    6. Once onboarded, you will complete your work experience option as scheduled with the employer partner. Youth in the program get paid twice per month during participation.
    7. Once your woprk experience is completed, you will complete a brief post-program survey.

  • Financial Literacy Resources

    Financial Literacy Steps

    Learning to successfully manage your money is a really important part of your employment experience this summer. Click here to learn more about your payment options and how to make the most of your paychecks.

  • Alternative Summer Resources

    Click here to review additional job opportunities, summer resources, and support for the whole family.

  • Host Youth at Your Company!

  • What to Expect

         Simple Process Map

    1. Complete the employer application to host youth for the summer of 2021. Within the application you will be asked general information about your organization, a description of the work experience you would like to offer, whether it will be in-person, virtual, or a combination of both. and the number of youth you wish to hire for the summer.
    2. Review the 2021 Employer Checklist to prepare for next steps.
    3. A DYEP Employer Services representative will follow up with you organization to provide a DYEP Partner Agreement and Postion Application.
    4. Upon completion of the Partner Agreement, a DYEP representative will send a list of applicable youth to you for interview.
    5. Interview youth and make the appropriate number of offers to youth candidates.
    6. Work with your DYEP representative to confirm accepted offers.
    7. Establish a start date for each youth.
    8. Supervise your youth through the completion of thier work experience.
    9. Complete post-program items with your DYEP Employer Services Representative.

  • What people are saying:

    “Our youth were phenomenal. One was hired for Saturday's at Whittier Cafe, another learned she needs 5 credits to graduate and has a plan to use concurrent education to get her culinary arts certificate to become a chef, and another working to sell her produce and jams at farmer's markets.”

    — DYEP Employer

    “All of our [DYEP] youth continued working with us past their work experience and [DYEP] allowed us to invest in their success.”

    — Metropolitan State University, DYEP Employer

    “Our Public investments should be the vehicles to drive public good…our families and our communities will have access to the tools that will help them achieve economic mobility and build generational wealth. And our neighborhoods will be the beneficiaries of these investments.”

    — Mayor Michael B. Hancock, 3rd Inaugural Address