The Denver Youth Employment Program

  • The application for Summer 2024 is now open!

    The Denver Youth Employment Program (DYEP) provides youth access to workforce development, career exposure, and opportunities to further their 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 both Job Readiness Training (JRT) and Financial Literacy Training after their placement and before beginning their work experience. DYEP is meant as an opportunity for youth to explore and be supported through what is often their first work experience to ensure they have the skills to support their futures. Youth are supported throughout their work experience to leverage financial literacy practices and soft skills learned in their JRT.

  • Eligibility

    • Youth must be ages 14-21
    • Youth must be currently enrolled in school, high school, or postsecondary
    • Youth must be a resident of Denver
    • Youth must be eligible to work in the US
    • 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.).

        • How to Apply

          Application for Summer 2024 is now open!

          English Application

          Spanish Application

          DYEP 2024 English DYEP 2024 Spanish

        • What to Expect

          1. Complete the online application.
          2. In May, 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

        • 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