Urban Peak Introduces Youth to New Career Possibilities


New Event Provides Homeless Youth Exposure to Training Programs, Apprenticeships, Schools, Volunteer Opportunities, and More

Denver, Colorado (January 22, 2014) – For many youth, dreaming about future career plans is just a fact of life, not so for many youth who are experiencing homelessness. Urban Peak, Denver’s largest non-profit organization serving homeless youth ages 15 through 24, is out to change that. On Friday, January 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the non-profit organization is hosting ‘Connect. Build. Succeed.,’ a one-of-a-kind event designed to connect homeless youth to a variety of training programs, trades, apprenticeships, schools, and service programs in an effort to build their job skills and experience.

 “When you’re a youth experiencing homelessness, and you’re worried about where your next meal is coming from or where you’re going to sleep that night, it’s not uncommon for your dreams and career goals to fall by the wayside,” said Kim Easton, CEO of Urban Peak. “When you’re on the streets, you focus on day-to-day survival and whether or not you’ll survive the night is as future oriented as you can be.”

“Our goal at Urban Peak is to provide youth with the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient or live safely off of the streets,” continued Easton, “and that includes introducing the youth to potential career and educational opportunities. “Unlike most youth who grew up in more stable environments, our clients have never had anyone share with them professional possibilities that may exist. We hope to change that through our this event, ‘Connect. Build. Succeed.’”

Urban Peak’s Education & Employment department has secured the participation of 18 local businesses, organizations, and schools (as of 1/22/14) to participate in the ‘Connect. Build. Succeed.’ event, including:

Job Training: Arts Street, Job Corps, Emily Griffith Technical College, Mi Casa, Denver Housing Authority Youth Employment Academy, and IdeaLab
Apprenticeships & Trades: RK Mechanical and Colorado Construction Institute
Volunteer & Service Programs: AmeriCorps Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition (CBPYT), AmeriCorps NCCC, Café 180, Mile High Youth Corps, and SAME Café.
Education: Community College of Denver, Colorado Youth for a Change, Educational Opportunity Center, College in Colorado, and MPowered Financial Empowerment Center

Programs and events held by Urban Peak’s Education & Employment department have proven to be very successful. This past summer, Urban Peak held its second annual Career Fair. A total of 69 homeless youth attended the event with 19% securing job interviews as a result of the Career Fair and 13 of the youth ultimately hired into new positions.

In fiscal year 2013, Urban Peak served 606 youth through its Education & Employment department.

In similar fashion to the Career Fair, attendees of ‘Connect. Build. Succeed.’ will be provided with professional clothing to wear prior to networking with the vendors.

Kim Easton, CEO of Urban Peak, and Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, District 8, are scheduled to speak to the youth attendees at 12:00 p.m.


Details on ‘Connect. Build. Succeed.’

Friday, January 24, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, District 8, to speak at 12:00 p.m.

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
Attendees:  Youth ages 15 through 24 who are interested in job training, apprenticeships, volunteering or continuing education.

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.

About Urban Peak
Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or youth who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Urban Peak serves youth along their individual journeys to self-sufficiency in providing numerous amenities, programs and services including a 40-bed shelter, daytime drop-in center and activities, housing, education and employment services, case management, life skills courses, mental health evaluations, meals and more. In fiscal year 2013, Urban Peak served 2,331 unduplicated youth. For more information, visit www.urbanpeak.org.