Job Training

All participants in the Youth Employment Academy take job readiness training, career exploration and personal finance classes.  Youth develop a resume, learn interview skills, conflict resolution, workplace culture, learn how to budget and discover new careers among other important job skills.

Work Experience

Upon completion of all required classes, participants in the Youth Employment Academy are eligible for a 160 hour work experience.  Youth are placed with area employers by matching their skill level and career interests.  For many youth this is their first exposure to the workplace world.  Youth are able to gain entry level skills in and potentially move into unsubsidized employment.  Some of the area employers that have supported YEA in training our youth include Ink Monstr, Sunrise Senior Living, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, ARC Thrift Store, MOA Architecture, Cope and Boettcher Boys & Girls Clubs, Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder, and Denver and Aurora Public Libraries.

Job Placement

YEA works with many area employers and placement programs in order to assist youth with finding a job that works for them.  Gaining experience through our job readiness training, academies and subsidized work experiences, youth are then ready for their first unsubsidized job or a job that utilizes their newly gained occupational skills.  YEA continues with job coaching when a youth starts a new job in order for them to be successful and retain employment