Urban Peak Hosts Career Fair for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Denver, Colorado (April 18, 2013) – At any given moment, there are an estimated 1,000 youth between the ages of 13-24 experiencing homelessness in Denver. Urban Peak, the only non-profit organization in the area that provides a full convergence of services for this specific and vulnerable population, is hosting its 2nd annual Career Fair, “Begin Your Journey to Employment” on Friday, May 3, at Urban Peak’s The Spot.

Urban Peak’s Career Fair, attended by 169 youth in its inaugural year last May, is designed to help youth who experience numerous barriers to employment. These can include: a permanent address, limited work experience, lack of transportation, lack of education, lack of a stable living situation, and more. Urban Peak can help youth overcome these barriers, find employment, and make progress towards a life off the streets.

WHAT:
Urban Peak’s 2nd annual Career Fair, “Begin Your Journey to Employment” is geared for youth ages 16-25 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness.

WHEN:
Friday, May 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock present from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.; to speak at 12:40 p.m.
Denver City Councilman, Albus Brooks, District 8 will also be in attendance.

WHERE:
Urban Peak, The Spot
2100 Stout Street (on the corner of 21st and Stout)
Free two-hour parking on nearby streets; paid lots adjacent to the building

WHO:
Attendees / Job Seekers: Urban Peak clients, youth ages 16-25 who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
Prospective employers (as of 4/18) attending the event include: Alfred Manufacturing; Alpine Lumber Company; City and County of Denver; Denver City Center Marriott; Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau; Elitch Gardens; Gilmore Construction; Hyatt Hotels of Denver; LGC Hospitality Staffing; Mile High Youth Corps; Residence Inn Denver City Center; Rice Bistro; The Ritz-Carlton- Denver; Sage Hospitality; Snooze A.M. Eatery and Student Movers.

Additional space is available. Employers interested in attending are invited to contact Lindsey Finklang, Job Developer at Urban Peak at (303) 974-2971 or via email at lindsey.finklang@urbanpeak.org. A donation of $25 is requested, but not required to reserve a table.

WHY:
With unemployment at all-time high for youth – the official unemployment rate for those under 25 is 16.2%, more than double the rate for the population as a whole*, or 22.9% if adjusted for the decline in the labor force since the start of the recession, it’s understandable that youth living on the streets are at a great disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. Urban Peak’s Career Fair provides this vulnerable population access to prospective employers and job opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them.

Many Urban Peak job seekers attending the event are graduates of Urban Peak’s Job Readiness Training, a program designed to teach youth experiencing homelessness the pre-employment job skills necessary to succeed in the work force. Urban Peak’s employment services include cover letter and resume development, job search techniques and interviewing skills, job retention training, time and money management, conflict resolution and communication skills, and more.

In fiscal year 2012, ending September 30, 2012, Urban Peak served 339 youth through its Job Readiness Training program, an increase of 35% from the year before. A total of 45 successfully completed the coursework and over 100 Urban Peak youth obtained employment.

 

About Urban Peak’s Education & Employment Department

Urban Peak’s Education & Employment Department helps youth experiencing homelessness and youth at imminent risk of becoming homeless on their respective paths to self-sufficiency through achieving academic and employment success. Urban Peak offers individual and small group instruction to help youth obtain their GED (General Education Development or high school equivalency degree), re-enroll in high school or complete remaining coursework needed to graduate, and explore and apply for post-secondary educational opportunities through college or technical school. Urban Peak’s employment services include a Job Readiness Training course that includes hard and soft skills training including cover letter and resume development, job search techniques and interviewing skills, job retention training, time and money management and more.

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