Youth

ACLU-Know Your Rights

Statewide

Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated from the ACLU's web page.

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Al Anon & Alateen

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Al Anon and Alateen meetings provide support for parents and friends of people with substance use disorders at no cost. Al Anon is for adults; Alateen is specifically for young people affected by someone else’s drinking.

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Below the Surface

Statewide

Because sometimes pain lies just below the surface, this effort to help young people struggling with life is called Below the Surface. All text conversations are confidential. Text TALK to 38255, any day, any time. Every conversation is with a real person--no bots allowed.

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Bridging the Gap

Mile High United Way’s program Bridging the Gap works with people between the ages of 18-24 who are exiting the child welfare system. BTG’s housing coordinator and Independent Living Coaches work with program participants to provide housing resources and help with other goals such as employment, education, financial literacy and more. To find out more information, contact BTG’s program manager Brittany Wade via email at brittany.wade@unitedwaydenver.org or by phone at 303.433.8383.

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Career Navigator Toolkit

Helpful website with advice and info for younger jobseekers

Statewide

The Career Navigator Toolkit is a webpage provided by Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative. Click on the website link, and you'll find a lot of information about preparing for and finding a job, just for younger jobseekers. You can find help developing a career path, creating a resume, writing a cover letter, preparing for an interview, making a good impression, and much more!

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Colorado Springs

888 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career. CEO connects their young adult participants with specialized programming and resources that more effectively meet their needs.

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Denver

3532 Franklin Street, Suite S, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career. CEO connects their young adult participants with specialized programming and resources that more effectively meet their needs.

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Colorado Chafee Program

helps youth transitioning from foster care

Statewide

The Chafee program helps youth who have been in foster care. Eligibility includes those who had an out-of-home placement at age 14 or older (through their 21st birthday), those who transitioned to adulthood from foster care at age 18, 19 or 20 (through their 23rd birthday), and youth who were in a community placement through DYS. Youth who left foster care for other reasons, including adoption, legal guardianship, or aging out may also be eligible. Services include help with education, job training, life skills, connections to housing, and more. This program is voluntary and free but may be limited by funding. The Chafee program is provided through the Colorado Department of Human Services and available throughout Colorado. The best way to get connected (and to verify if you're eligible) is to call one of the numbers below or email cdhs_fosteryouth@state.co.us. Leave a message and they will get back to you.

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Colorado Juvenile Defender Center

Statewide

Denver

Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC) is a nonprofit organization that works on juvenile defense and advocates for justice for all children and youth in Colorado. CJDC works to ensure access to counsel and quality representation for juveniles charged with crimes. They also work to reduce the collateral consequences of a juvenile adjudication, reduce over-incarceration of children in juvenile facilities and adult prisons, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and improve conditions of confinement for juveniles. If you need help with expungement of a juvenile adjudication, de-registration/removal from the Colorado Sex Offender Registry, or representation with an expulsion and special education proceeding, contact the CJDC. You do not have to be under the age of 18 to qualify for their help if your case was in juvenile court. Click on their website to learn more about their legal services.

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Denver Dream Center DDC Academy

2839 W 44 Avenue, Denver CO 80211

DDC Academy helps Denver's inner-city students

Denver Metro

Denver

Denver Dream Center provides many resources for people, including the DDC Academy that provides help for Denver's inner-city students to improve in subjects they are currently studying or to acquire new skills. They focus on education, creative thinking, and leadership development and believe in empowering students to be the best person they can be!

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Dry Bones Denver

1600 Downing Street, Suite 400, Denver CO 80218

help for homeless youth living on Denver's streets

Denver Metro

Denver

Dry Bones Denver is a faith-based organization that helps homeless teens and young adults living near downtown Denver. Dry Bones staff and volunteers are committed to serving those that need assistance. They are very supportive in becoming companions toward the success of their clients. Dry Bones connects these young people with resources, nutrition, entertainment, new friends and more.

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Florence Crittenton Services

96 South Zuni Street, Denver CO 80223

help for teen mothers

Denver Metro

Denver

Florence Crittenton Services provides a family resource center to help teen mothers and their children. They provide a Early Childhood Education Center, health center, and free high school for teen mothers. Call for more information. You can also email them through their website by clicking on the Contact Us button.

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Job Corps

57608 Highway 330, Collbran CO 81624

Northwest

Collbran

Collbran Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is a free residential educational and job training program for young adults ages 16-24. They will connect you to skills and the education you need to move forward in life. You can enroll online or call for more information. Click on the website, then click on Get Your Application Started.

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Justice Reskill

4800 Baseline Road, E104 #386, Boulder CO 80303

Statewide

Boulder

Justice Reskill is a nonprofit organization that works to secure greater opportunity and long-term financial stability for the justice-involved community. Their free reskilling platform teaches both technical and essential skills to provide a new pathway towards lasting career success in the IT field. They believe in supporting people as their whole selves (rather than focusing on singular skills), which guides everything they do from their accessible learning platform and diverse speaker programming, to their vibrant network of support made of folks with similar lived experiences. They offer their programs in partnership with the Department of Corrections as well as many Colorado reentry community partners. If you would like to learn more, please email info@justicereskill.com or call the number listed below.

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Laurel House Apartments

Northwest

Grand Junction

Laurel House Apartments is supportive housing for homeless youth ages 18-24. The apartments are fully furnished and have full kitchens and single bathrooms. The building also has common space for cooking, art, community gatherings, and services. Contact The House in Grand Junction to learn more about how to apply for admission to Laurel House Apartments, and to learn about other housing options they may have. You can also click on the website to learn more.

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LYRIC Colorado–Know Your Rights

Statewide

The purpose of LYRIC (Learn your Rights in Colorado) is to teach youth about their Constitutional rights. Their programming aims to bring Constitutional law to life for juveniles in schools, juvenile justice facilities, and community settings. We suggest watching their video about knowing your rights.

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project Foster Power (pFP)

project Foster Power is a group of current and former foster youth, ages 15 to 25+, who are using their voices and experiences to improve the Colorado child welfare system through youth-led organizing and advocacy. pFp is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center and a partner of Foster Youth in Action, a network of groups across the United States and Canada that believe in the power of foster youth voice. To learn more about project Foster Power or attend an upcoming member meeting/event, email projectfosterpower@childlawcenter.org or call 720-691-5901. You can also follow pFp on Facebook or Instagram @projectfosterpower.

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Sarah’s Home

PO Box 29, Peyton CO 80831

Statewide

Sarah's Home provides healing, restoration, and reintegration for girls ages 12 to 18 rescued from the forced commercial sex trade. Services include education through an accredited school on the property, life skills, medical care, counseling, and more. Single rooms are fully furnished in a home located in a safe rural location. The cost is based on your income. Call the number listed for more information, or you may write to the address.

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Southwest Conservation Corps

Southwest

Salida/Alamosa

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) has opportunities for young adults ages 18-24 in the San Luis Valley. Young adults with criminal records are warmly encouraged to apply. SCC provides youth, young adults, and veterans with structured, safe and challenging service and educational opportunities through projects that promote personal growth, the development of social skills, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship. SCC Los Valles runs programming out of Salida and Alamosa, and their main office is in Salida.

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The Center on Colfax–Rainbow Alley

1301 East Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80218

Drop-in center for LGBTQ youth

Denver Metro

Denver

The Center on Colfax is a safe and welcoming place for Colorado's LGBTQ community. Rainbow Alley is located there, and it's for LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 11 to 21. They provide a drop-in space, youth-led events and activities, counseling and support groups, health services and life skills—all in a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment.

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The Master’s Apprentice

646 Mariposa Street, #202, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

The Master's Apprentice is a faith-based pre-apprentice program that prepares you to enter the trades and assists in career placement. The program is for people 18-40 years old, but they will consider someone younger or older than this age range on a case-by-case basis. The program prepares you to work in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, masonry, or HVAC. You must have your high school diploma or equivalency (GED) and be able to pass a drug test. It's preferable that you have your driver's license. You can apply online through their website or call to learn more.

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The Place

423 Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs CO 80903

Many types of help for homeless youth in Colorado Springs

Southeast

Colorado Springs

The Place, formerly known as Urban Peak, provides help for youth ages 15 -24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Services include health, employment readiness, life skills, education, and more. All services are free and individualized. If you are in the Colorado Springs area and do not feel safe, text the word “SAFE” to 4HELP (44357) and you'll be instructed where the closest safe place is to you.

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The Right Way Foundation Youth Program

1010 South Joliet Street, Aurora CO 80012

Resources and programs for youth in Aurora

Denver Metro

Aurora

The Right Way Foundation helps youth ages 8-24 with programs and support. Sometimes youth are referred by the court, but you can also call yourself to see if they can help you with resources, training, programs, and more. Click on the website link to learn more and send an email. You can also call the number provided.

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Trevor Project Lifeline

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Trevor Project is the only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25. you can also use their website to chat with confidential instant messaging, or text START to 678678.

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Urban Peak Denver

2100 Stout Street, Denver CO 80205

shelter and supportive housing for youth

Denver Metro

Denver

Urban Peak Denver provides a shelter and housing programs. The housing programs provide a variety of supportive services for youth 16-24. The shelter is for youth 15-20 and open every day of the year. Contact Urban Peak to learn more.

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Workforce Centers–Youth & Young Adult Programs

Statewide

Workforce Centers across Colorado have funds to help youth and young adults with employment. If you're between 14-24 years old, live in a low income family, and have one or more challenges, such as deficiency in math or reading skills, misdemeanor or felony record, documented disability, school drop out, homeless/runaway, pregnant or parenting, or in foster care, you may qualify for help through one of their programs. Click on the website to learn more about the programs. You'll find the statewide list of Workforce Centers remerg.com in the Jobs & Training section. Call and tell the operator that you are a youth or young adult and you'll be connected to the right person for these programs.

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Young Adult Legal Advocacy Program (YALA)

Free legal advocacy provided by Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center

Young Adult Legal Advocacy Program (YALA) at the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center provides free legal advocacy for young people, ages 18-25, to address a variety of civil legal issues that serve as a barrier to successful transition to adulthood. Some of the legal issues they help with include: juvenile expungement, landlord-tenant disputes including eviction support, name change and gender marker change, FAFSA supports, ID and exceptions processing support, de-registration, and public assistance. They are also able to connect you with resource partners when they aren’t able to directly assist you. To get help from YALA, click on the website link below and fill out the referral form. It's easy to fill out, and they'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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