YEA provides tutoring for high school youth as well as youth who have dropped out of high school and are working towards passing their high school equivalency. In addition, YEA assists youth who are just starting post-secondary education and may need remediation assistance in order to earn their credits and continue on to complete their degree. Our instructors specialize in assisting youth who have struggled with school. With one on one attention, youth are able to increase grade levels in reading and math and reach their educational goals


College Prep

We are also able to guide youth in high school and college classes so they stay in school and maintain their grade point averages. Career advisors assist youth with exploring post-secondary options, applying for colleges, filling out financial aid and scholarship applications. YEA also leads tours to area post-secondary institutions and assists with long term education and career planning.


006-(2)Pre-Professional Occupations in Healthcare Academy

Pre-Professional Occupations in Healthcare is the first step in a healthcare career.  During this academy students learn about the many jobs available in healthcare and the education and training they need to get those jobs.  In addition, they learn about the skills needed to succeed, how hospitals operate and hear from various professionals in the healthcare sector.  Students also go on a field trip to the Community College of Denver Lowry Campus and area hospitals and complete a project on a specific career path.  Youth receive certifications in American Heart Association CPR/First Aid/AED, Bloodborne Pathogens and National Restaurant Association ServSafe food handling and precautions safety.

Customer Service Academy

The Customer Service Academy provides the necessary skills for entry level positions in customer service. During this academy students learn entry level sales and service associate skills as a tool to increase awareness of, and improve skills related to, frontline work in the retail environment.   In addition they learn what jobs are available in customer service, the education and training needed to get those jobs, and the skills needed to succeed.   Students also learn how stores operate and hear from various professionals in the customer service sector.  If successful in passing an online test, youth also received a certification from the National Retail Foundation in Professional Customer Service. Upon completion youth are assisted with filling out applications for immediate job placement.

Culinary Academy

During the Culinary Academy youth learn knife skills, recipe reading, measuring techniques, and food safety and sanitation. Training in a commercial kitchen, youth learn culinary techniques in preparing nutritious foods. Youth also gain hands-on experience in catering by helping with different catering events through Denver Housing Authority’s Youth Catering Company.   Youth are certified in the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Food Safety. Upon completion of the Culinary Academy, youth are eligible for a 160 hour paid work experience at the YEA’s very own youth operated Osage Café ( During this work experience youth learn front to back of the house operations of a restaurant including serving, cashiering, prep cook, line cook, bussing and dishwashing.

Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering Academy

The Advanced Manufacturing Academy’s purpose is to expose youth to the world of innovative industry in Denver and the potential for careers in advanced manufacturing and other STEM careers. Careers such as computer-controlled machine tool operators, calibration technicians, product managers as well as a broad overview of STEM career pathways from the above jobs to those that need further education, such as electrical, mechanical or industrial engineers are explored. Youth tour area manufactures and professional guest speakers give them real life feedback on specific careers.   The academy focuses on building specific skills based on industry feedback as well as building skills in applied math and measurement.