Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce | Denver, CO

Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative

The Chamber is leading the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative (DOYII) aimed at providing education, career opportunities and support systems to opportunity youth, by partnering with nonprofit, government and business organizations are to create a pipeline for opportunity youth to meaningful work experiences and careers.

How can you get involved?

We need businesses committed to developing our workforce and matching the right talent to the right job. We won’t be successful in this effort without partnership from the business community to hire young adults into a path to careers through work experiences, mentorship or training.  Check out this guide from LinkedIn to get you started: The Ultimate Opportunity YouthHiring Toolbox, Denver Edition.




Why Opportunity Youth?

Opportunity Youth represent a huge opportunity to fill our workforce pipeline when they are provided with right training and support. By 2020, 74 percent of our jobs in Colorado will need a worker with some post-secondary credentials. Today roughly 45 percent of Coloradans have a two-year degree or higher. In order for Colorado to maintain its workforce competitive advantage, we need to find solutions to effectively grow our own workforce. 



Learn how one business, Rassman Design opened the door to an opportunity youth to design the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative logo.

Want to learn more about the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative? Click here.

For more information contact Lorena Marquez Zimmer, talent pipeline director, at (303) 620-8064 or lorena.zimmer@denverchamber.org.

Know a youth who needs help getting back on track?  If you want them to have access to a wider variety of potential employees, refer to Katie Mayer with Zero Dropouts at (888) 968-9376 x706 or inquiries@zerodropouts.com

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