Out-of-School Youth Program (OSY)

Youth. ABILITY. Works

Ability Connection Colorado Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program

Our Mission:

To help foster long term career paths and resources for youth that help them better identify and strategically utilize services in the community, as needed. We continue to use a positive, choice-driven youth development approach to ensure that youth are seeking career paths, which work with their strengths and skills. We foster youth to become more confident in their individuality, increase the ability to use their strengths, and take advantage of opportunities through the use of elements of this program.

OSY Program at Employment Works

The Youth. Ability. Works program utilizes a variety of services to help youth in the Denver Metro Area succeed through career exploration, education, training and support services. We provide resources and pathways to success in education, career growth, and personal life skills. This program is funded through the federal WIOA program. Ability Connection Colorado works alongside Denver Workforce Services by providing supportive services, including transition to post-secondary education, career exploration, job readiness, and training services. Additionally, each individual youth’s personal strengths, challenges, and interests are prioritized in order to correspond with a prosperous career path that aligns with their goals. Through our available resources, we assist our youth to establish and maintain stability in their personal and professional lives.

Quick Facts about YOUTH ABILITY WORKS:

  • Serves out-of-school youth (16-24) experiencing barriers with employment and education.
  • Funded by WIOA grant with the Denver Office of Development and Opportunity (DEDO).
  • Is in partnership with the Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) and Employment Works’ Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP).
  • Includes services, such as: career exploration, work experiences, on-the-job training, transportation assistance, disability advocacy & support, and post-secondary transitional support.
  • Ability Connection Colorado is an Equal Opportunity employer/program and a contractor of the City and County of Denver. Auxiliary Aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


If you are looking for  support or additional resources for youth currently enrolled in school, click here.

To see if you qualify for our program, please review our eligibility requirements! below:

Eligibility Requirements

  • 16-24 years
  • Not enrolled in school
  • Able to legally work in the U.S.
  • Registered for Selective Service(Males 18 &older)
  • Registered on Connecting Colorado
  • Must meet at least 1 qualifying barrier:
    • High School Withdrawal
    • Compulsory Attendance
    • Disability
    • Basic Skills Deficient
    • Justice System
    • Homeless/Foster Care/Runaway
    • Needs Additional Assistance
    • Pregnant or Parenting
    • English Language Learner

Supportive Documentation Required

  • Proof of Identification
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Proof of School Status
  • Proof of Selective Service Registration (Males 18 &older)
  • Proof of Qualifying Barrier
  • Please review acceptable documentation If you are unable to access any of these documents, please let us know, so we can suggest other options.

To verify or update your Selective Service registration, please click here.


For questions or interest in enrolling, please contact:

Phone:303-691-0939 X.1136

Email: youthworks@abilityconnectioncolorado.org


Site Locations:

Ability Connection Colorado

801 Yosemite St. Denver, CO 80230

 Denver Workforce Center (Montbello)

4685 Peoria St. Suite # 201 Denver, CO 80239

Ability Connection Colorado is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

Ability Connection Colorado is a contractor of the City & County of Denver. ACCO is proud to be an Equal Employment
Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at youthworks@abilityconnectioncolorado.org or call us at 303.691.9339 x1136. Denver Workforce Services is an Equal Opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Please dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-659-2656 to use the TTY service Relay Colorado.

At the time of initial publication of the document, fiscal year 2020-2021,this publication is supported by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an award totaling $550,000 with 75% financed with Federal money and 25% financed by nongovernmental sources.

801 Yosemite Street   |   Denver, CO 80230   |   303.691.9339   |   info@abilityconnectioncolorado.org