The Denver Youth Employment Program

  • 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. 

  • Eligibility

    • Youth must be ages 14-21 (previous years' maximum was age 24)
    • Youth must be currently enrolled in school, high school, or postsecondary
    • Youth must be a resident of Denver OR attend school in Denver
    • Youth must be eligible to work in the US 
    • Youth must meet a low-income element (see below)
    • An individual may not be placed with an employer where a member of the youth’s immediate family is in a decision-making position (supervisor, manager, owner, etc.).
    • Youth must meet one of the low-income elements:
      • Whose total family annual income does not exceed 70% of the Lower Living Standard Income Level (LLSIL)
      • Individual or family is currently receiving public assistance (SNAP, TANF, LEAP)
      • Individual or family member receives free or reduced lunch
      • A current My Brother’s Keeper Summer of Success participant
      • Currently enrolled at a Title I school
      • Lives in a priority neighborhood and can verify address - East Colfax, Elyria Swansea, Globeville, Montbello/Gateway/Parkfield, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood.

        • How to Apply

          Applications for the 2022 DYEP will be accepted between now and May 17th, 2022!

          **For your security, please do not send documents containing Personally Identifiable 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 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 on a bi-weekly pay schedule during participation.
          7. Once your work 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

          Events & Hiring Fairs

          Prodigy Coffeehouse Training 
          When: 6/6-6/8/22 
          Where: 40th & Colorado 
          Apply Here 

          SNAP To Success Hiring Fair 
          When: 6/16/22 from 10am to 2pm

          Where: Barnum Rec Center, 360 Hooker St. Denver, CO 80219



                                    The Facilities Department is looking to hire summer lawn crew employees starting at $16 per hour! The position is open to anyone ages 16 and older. The schedule is Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and the season runs from about June 6-Aug. 12 but can vary based on department needs. Click here to apply. Questions? Call Kristi Waters at 720-423-4294.

                                    Five Guys

                                    Currently hiring:
                                    Apply Here 

                                    We will be accepting applications and resumes for the following:

                                    • Cashiers
                                    • Cooks

                                    Air House

                                    To apply: 
                                    Click Here

                                    We are accepting resumes and applications for the following roles: 

                                    • Associates


                                    Currently hiring:
                                    Apply here! 

                                    We will be accepting applications and resumes for the following:

                                    • Team Members
                                    • Team Leads


                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here!

                                    We are accepting resumes and applications for the following roles: 

                                    • Team Members
                                    • Volunteering


                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here!

                                    We are accepting resumes and applications for the following roles: 

                                    • Lifeguards
                                    • Swim Instructor 


                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here!

                                    We are accepting resumes and applications for the following roles: 

                                    • Team Members


                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here!

                                    We are accepting resumes and applications for the following roles: 

                                    • Independent Living Skills Trainers
                                    • Personal Care Workers/Homemakers


                                    Currently hiring
                                    Apply Here 


                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here!

                                    We are accepting resumes and applications for the following roles: 

                                    • Team Member
                                    • Team Manager 
                                    • Bakery


                                    Currently hiring:
                                    Apply Here 

                                    We will be accepting applications and resumes for the following:

                                    • Cook
                                    • Spa Lead
                                    • Bell Attendant
                                    • And more!


                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here!

                                    We are accepting resumes and applications for the following roles: 

                                    • Correctional Officer

                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here 

                                    Currently Hiring for:

                                    • Entry level & mid-level positions!
                                    • 16 and up are invited to apply!
                                    • Welcome to veterans, 50+, and second chance candidates

                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here 

                                    We will be accepting applications and resumes for the following:

                                    • Entry Police Recruit 

                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here
                                    Call 303-595-0880

                                    We will be accepting applications and resumes for the following:

                                    • All positions!
                                    • 16 and up invited to apply!
                                    • Veterans encouraged to apply!


                                    Currently Hiring:
                                    Apply Here 

                                    We will be accepting applications and resumes for the following:

                                    • Warehouse
                                    • Admin Assistant
                                    • Frontline Team Supervisor, and more!

                                    Currently hiring:
                                    Apply Here

                                    We will be accepting applications and resumes for the following:

                                    • Housekeeper
                                    • Administrative Analyst 
                                    • Activities Assistant, and more!

                                    Programs & Resources

                                    The Community College of Denver and Arapahoe Community College presents: Colorado Health Careers Academy 
                                    The Colorado Health Careers Academy is a FREE, 6-week exploration of some of the fastest growing healthcare occupations in Colorado: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Registered Nurse (RN), Medical Assistant (MA), Radiology Technician, and Phlebotomy. Applications are due June 3! More information can be found at our website and you can apply at this link, or on our website under ‘How to Apply’. The program is free and aimed at High School and Opportunity Youth between the ages of 15 – 24. Please see the flyer (attached) and the marketing email below for your information and to share within your communities and networks.Any questions, please reach out to: Nafeesa Lynn @

                                    Work Options 
                                    We help students gain job-ready, transferable skills that lead to employment. After completing our core training, most students will be ready to immediately begin job search to find employment. Some will opt to earn the American Culinary Federation Prep Cook Certification, and others will be selected to gain hands-on work experience during a paid internship on The Helping Hen food truck.
                                    Learn More Here!

                                    CrossPurpose is a local non-profit that offers a free career development program. They are based in Montbello and focus on people coming out of the justice system. The program serves adults ages 18 - 55 years old, some including: CDL, CNA, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Assistant, Construction, HVAC, Electrician, Plumbing, & Carpentry!
                                    Learn More Here!
                                    CCD Manufacturing @ CCD
                                    Your students or participants who are high intermediate to advance in English language skills can get started in manufacturing at CCD!
                                    Sign Up Here!

                                    The Medical Center of Aurora
                                    Interested in a career in healthcare? Would you like to learn more about career options and opportunities? If so, The Medical Center of Aurora’s Job Shadowing and Healthcare Experience is for you! Must be 16+
                                    Flyer Here!

                                    PEAR (Professional/Financial Services, Education, Aviation & Retail) Careers Informational Session
                                    Join us to learn about career pathways, training programs & apprenticeships in PEAR Careers! Informational sessions will be hosted once a month on  Wednesday online from 10:30am to 11:00am. Register for an event to receive the call in information & get connected. Register Now!

                                    PACE (Production, Agriculture, Construction & Energy) Careers Informational Session
                                    Join us to learn about career pathways, training programs & apprenticeships in PACE Careers! Informational sessions will be hosted once a month on Wednesday online from 1:00pm - 1:30pm. Register for an event to receive the call in information & get connected. Register today! 

                                    Construction Careers Informational Sessions
                                    Connect to jobs, training programs & apprenticeships in construction! Informational sessions will be hosted once a month on Wednesday online from 12:30pm-1:00pm. Register for an event to receive the call in information & get connected.
                                    Register for a FREE information call today! 

                                    Health Care Careers Informational Sessions
                                    Learn how to connect to training's, upskilling resources, employment & apprenticeships in Healthcare! Informational sessions will be hosted once a month on Wednesday online from 11:00am-11:30am. Register for an event to receive the call in information & get connected.
                                    Join our FREE calls to learn more today! 

                                    Tech Careers Informational Sessions
                                    Learn how to connect to virtual boot-camps and workshops, upskilling resources, employment & apprenticeships in Tech! Informational sessions will be hosted once a month on  Wednesday online from 11:30am-12:00pm. Register for an event to receive the call in information & get connected.
                                    Join our FREE calls to learn more today! 

                                    JFS Virtual Career Launchpad
                                    JFS’s Career Coaches will help you sharpen your job seeking skills and increase your confidence by teaching you how to target your job search, perfect your resume, prepare for interviews, manage change, communicate more effectively in a virtual setting and so much more. Virtual classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Classes are interactive, informative, FREE, and open to all job seekers across Colorado
                                    REGISTER HERE or contact Heather Seiden at 720-248-4644

                                    Apprenticeship Opportunities

                                    HPCA Health Careers Pre-Apprenticeship 
                                    HCPA is a training program designed to support those considering a health career. This unique program provides individualized coaching, personality and learning style assessments, career pathway exploration, essential skills training, contextual learning experiences, and a variety of certifications to enable participants to be successful in a health career. This week-long course includes curriculum, instructor cost, materials, certification and in-person experience fees for only $1850.

                                    National Sports Center for the Disabled Internship 
                                    At the National Sports Center for the Disabled, we see the joy bubble up when a participant concurs new rapids. We see the thrill of the climb as a new climbing route is completed. We share the wonder of views only visible on horseback. As the leader in creating exhilarating adaptive outdoor experiences that help people with disabilities make the very most of their passion, talents and aspirations; we help everyone experience the power of sport. Now is your chance to join NSCD!
                                    Flyer Here

                                     Institute for American Apprenticeships
                                    Over the past twenty years, the Institute for American Apprenticeships educated and developed employment opportunities for nearly 2,000 individuals in the healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and business services fields. We are accepting applications for our latest healthcare program. The program offers immediate employment, ten weeks of paid training at no cost, and apprenticeship as a Medical Assistant with New West Physicians, part of Optum, and a member of the UnitedHealth Group family. There are up to twenty full-time positions being offered this session.
                                    Flyer Here


                                    The Advanced Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program is a nine week certification program designed to certify candidates with the skills necessary to build electronics hardware and develop an exciting career in space operations. Participants are paid and offered benefits during the nine week training program. Candidates who successfully complete the program may be offered full time employment at Lockheed Martin.
                                    Flyer Here 


                                    CyberUp offers Cyber Security Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs. Get trained in stackable security credentials: CompTIA A+, Security+ and Network+ in the upcoming Self-Paced Cohort. Applications open and being accepted HERE 

                                    Laborer's Union Apprenticeship Program 
                                    Earn while you learn! Must be 18 years or older to qualify, and be physically capable of performing the work of a Construction Craft Laborer. 2-year Apprenticeship program to become a Construction Craft Laborer Journey-Worker. 
                                    Flyer Here 

                                    Pipefitter Apprenticeship Opportunity
                                    Denver Pipefitters has an Apprenticeship Opportunity and is excited to invite all of you to apply.  Applications are accepted on the third Friday of the month any time between 10am-7pm at the training facility!
                                    Flyer Here 

                                    Front Range Community College  RAP Apprenticeship!
                                    Minimum Requirements For Entry into Registered Apprenticeship Program: Minimum age 18, High School Diploma or equivalency, Applicants will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the occupation with or without reasonable accommodation, Drug Test and Background Check. Contact Chris Heuston at 303-678-3830 or

                                    Front Range Community College - Arborist Program 
                                    This apprenticeship includes 6,000 hours of training with your Tree Care Employer and 450 classroom hours at Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado over the three-year period. You will be trained in a variety of skills needed to become an arborist, including: t
                                    ree trimming, disease diagnosis and treatment, tree climbing, and basic tree & shrub biology!
                                    Request Information HERE

                                    Red Rocks Community College -  Child Care Development Specialist Apprenticeship Program
                                    The apprenticeship is set up to be a two year project encompassing 4,000 hours of work
                                    experience and 306 hours of training and education. This may be reduced based on previous experience and education. For further information or questions please contact us at: 303-914-6584 or visit our website HERE

                                    Colorado Sheet Metal Workers' Apprenticeship Program
                                    As an Apprentice in the Colorado Sheet Metal Workers’ Apprenticeship Program, you will earn a good
                                    salary while learning your trade-a salary that increases as your skills and knowledge increase.
                                    Earn college credits, pay no tuition for the training and education, while receiving books and other
                                    educational materials. You will learn from instructors who work in the sheet metal industry alongside you. We will match you with one of our numerous Member Contractors, so you start making a living and launch your career on day one. Email Amy Demenge,

                                    Flyer attached

                                    Internship/Apprenticeship Opportunities 18+

                                    Denver City & County of Denver Apprenticeship 
                                    Apprentices develop valuable work experience in professional fields, creating paths to high-wage, high-growth careers. Students hired into the apprenticeship program at the City and County of Denver have an opportunity to build relationships and build experience for their future.
                                    Flyer Here

                                    Your Energy Adventure Apprenticeship 
                                    Energy Advantage is a full service solar, roofing, windows, siding, and gutter installation company. We are looking to hire the right sales people who are passionate about renewable energy, driven by monetary incentives, and have a keen entrepreneurial spirit. We have dedicated in office/classroom training every week, as well as in-field training weekly with experienced team members to ensure the success of everyone on the team.
                                    Apply Here

                                    Amazon Apprenticeship 
                                    Apprenticeships are perfect if you want to combine theoretical learning with practical, hands-on experience (and a steady pay packet). They are also a good way to go if you are looking to retrain and take your career in a brand new direction. Whatever brings you to Amazon, we offer an array of programs to match your skills, ambitions, and preferences. Amazon is proud to place diversity at the heart of all we do. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of gender, race, age, physicality, or sexual orientation. All you need is commitment, drive, and a passion to seize the opportunities that will come your way.
                                    Learn More Here!

                                    City & County of Denver Youth Apprenticeship 
                                    Currently the city has partnered with CareerWise Colorado to offer 1-4 additional , 2-year, PAID, apprenticeship positions. A 2-year youth apprenticeship program with that engages and exposes High School students to hands on training, networking, and professional development in 8 different City and County of Denver agencies. They must be a Denver resident and can accommodate a flexible schedule.
                                    CareerWise Contact:
                                    City & County of Denver Contact: 

                                    How to Apply: 

                                    1. Create an account on CareerWise’s Hiring Hub:
                                    2. Explore open positions here:

                                    Frito-Lay Apprenticeship
                                    Frito-Lay's OTR Driver Apprenticeship is a temporary position that is designed for a prospective candidate, with little to no experience operating a Class-A CDL motor vehicle. The program includes a minimum of 10 weeks paid training, with the potential for additional weeks pending length and current service in a truck driving CDL program.
                                    Application Here 

                                    Centura Health Training & Apprenticeship Program (18+)
                                    Centura Health partners with high schools, colleges, and workforce centers from across the region to raise awareness for the demand of healthcare professionals. Our apprenticeships offer and immersive “Earn While You Learn” training and coursework experience to prepare students for success in a professional role upon program completion.
                                    Flyer Here!

                                    Internship/Pre-Apprenticeship/Volunteer Opportunities 16+

                                    Children's Hospital 
                                    Youth Volunteer 
                                    (13-18-year-olds welcome to apply!) 

                                    National Western Stockshow Association
                                    Age Limitations: 16-17 can volunteer by themselves 
                            | 303.299.5562

                                    Habitat for Humanity
                                    Youth Volunteer

                                    Colorado Conservatory of Dance
                                    Age Limitations: Our age criteria is that you must be 15 or older to volunteer
                                     Rachel Long | 303.466.5685

                                  • Host Youth at Your Company!

                                    The application for hosting youth in 2022 is now closed, please reach out to if you have any questions or would like to be on the list next year.

                                  • What to Expect

                                         Simple Process Map

                                  • What people are saying:

                                    ”Advice I would give to future participants: Enjoy every second of the program! Not many students are doing what you’re doing right now at such a young age. Have fun, and ask a lot of questions.”

                                    — DYEP Participant

                                    “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