Family and Youth Services
Family and Youth Services utilizes innovative strategies to support students, families and schools, leveraging a multi-generational approach and partnering with community organizations to provide whole child and wrap around supports and programming, including literacy, math and attendance as well as college and career readiness.
Support for the Whole Child
Providing free wrap around services to community members 18 or older in order through classes and workshops to obtain critical life skills and increase their economic self-sufficiency through Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers.
Ready for College and Career
Facilitating hands-on, college and career experiential learning opportunities for high school students to increase academic achievement and college and career opportunities through job shadows, industry-specific mentorships and internships while also empowering students through one-on-one case management to overcome barriers preventing them from achieving academic and/or career success.
Great Schools in Every Neighborhood
Creating a conduit for elementary, middle and high school students and parents to work alongside school leaders and community members to deepen engagement in schools while learning valuable skills to advocate for their communities.
A Foundation for Success in School
Facilitating literacy programs and supports in collaboration with local businesses, non-profits and other organizations for volunteers to support students’ literacy growth through 1-on-1 reading programs.
The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center is the one-stop hub that connects students, families and our community with free services to increase their economic self-sufficiency and academic success.
All services are free and open to all community members 16 and older– not just DPS parents.
In collaboration with Energy Outreach Colorado, FACE provides energy assistance for families in need, paying a portion of their energy bill and preventing energy shut offs to allow families to focus more of their resources on their students.
The WIOA program removes barriers to a youth’s academic and career success by providing individual case management centered around an individualized goal plan. Through targeted case management support, youth are expected to increase math and literacy skills by two grade levels, complete an educational certification and secure unsubsidized, sustainable, career-based employment. WIOA programming supports the whole child but is most often specifically used to aid in finding employment and funding youth development.
The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) 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 SYEP Job Coaches and through mentorship and coaching from local leaders, business owners, and community members.