Adolescent Resource Links

HOUSING

Family Unification Program (FUP) provides Housing Choice Vouchers to youth aging out of the foster care system and to families involved with the child welfare system. In order to determine eligibility for the program, SHHP has developed a local partnership with Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Welfare.

Urban Peak provides five essential services to youth 15-24 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless: an overnight shelter, street outreach team, Drop-In Center, Education & Employment services, and supportive housing

 

EDUCATION/LIFE SKILLS

Bridging The Gap– A program through Mile High United Way developed to offer supportive opportunities for youth to learn and practice life skills. Bridging the Gap provides participants with a safe and supportive space to reinvent themselves and set their record straight

Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a free tool that assesses the behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long term goals. It aims to set youth on their way toward developing healthy, productive lives.

Chafee-The Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) was created to assist youth in successfully emancipating from the foster care system, and to provide ongoing support to young adults as they overcome the hurdles of living independently.

Colorado Education and Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in foster care. Students may receive up to $5000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Applicants must complete the ETV application which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to ETV confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) and unmet need.

Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA’s) Youth Services is primarily responsible for coordinating all youth-related workforce activities, providing leadership, policy direction, program administration, technical assistance and guidance, and support activities for youth programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.

Forward Steps Guardian Scholarship Program is a comprehensive scholarship program for young adults that have transitioned out of foster in Colorado.

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. It promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with partnerships, funding, guidance, training and technical assistance.

The Colorado Department of Education provides a guide on promoting Positive Youth Development. The website includes the 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents.

RESOURCES

Dream Makers is a program of Adopt Colorado Kids, makes dreams happen for Colorado’s older youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Examples: Guitar and guitar lessons, Camera and photography classes, horseback riding lessons, art supplies and classes, Laptop, sim lessons, and many more….

Want to submit a link? Please contact Julie Wilson, Director of Fund Development & Public Relations for Child Advocates-Denver CASA at jwilson@DenverCASA.org or 303.832.4592.