Newsletter | April 2019
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Why Youth Employment Matters

In Adams County, approximately 15,000 young people are not making a wage that allows them to afford their basic needs. The Adams County Workforce & Business Center,  City and County of Broomfield, and  Metro North Chamber of Commerce have teamed up through the ACYI Partnership to launch an effort to increase the number of young people ages 18-24 who are employed at a self-sufficient wage. The team is in the process of gathering a baseline for Broomfield County.

Understanding youth employment at a self-sufficient wage reveals a different picture of poverty - most succinctly, that poverty has become working poverty - which in turn compels a reexamination of assumptions about what causes, and therefore, what "cures" poverty.
This figure represents the dollars lost annually NATIONALLY when youth are not employed AND not in school.

Belfield, C. R., Levin, H. M., & Rosen, R. (January 2012). The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth. Retrieved from Opportunity Nation: The Shared Plan to Restore Opportunity.

Economic inequality adversely affects the major levers of opportunity, including education, health, work policies, housing, and asset building. It also strains Colorado's and the country's overall economic stability and productivity.
RAISING INCOMES means enhancing skills as well as improving access to jobs that pay self-sufficient wages and have career potential. A strong economy will mean good jobs that pay self-sufficient wages, a workforce with the skills necessary to fill those jobs, and enhancing links and removing barriers between those jobs and the workers that need them.

Ensuring more young people earn a self-sufficient wage is imperative to the economic vitality of our community. If 1,000 more young people are brought up to earn a self-sufficient wage, it can be estimated that workers will earn an additional $13,761,346 in wages.  This has a positive impact on our region and creates additional demand for goods and services, and thus additional jobs and wages.

Learn more about the impact of youth employment on Adams County's economy at the Employment Collaborative Action Network's upcoming kickoff session.  LEARN MORE

A baseline for Broomfield County is in the process of being developed. For more information, contact Jennifer Hoffman, Assistant City and County Manager, City and County of Broomfield, via Megan Grimes at
Youth Employment and Cradle to Career Success
The Reality of Youth Employment
*Using the estimates for CCIP, a basic estimate was used to calculate the percentage of individuals at or above the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Adams County in 2018 ($27,684); Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. The US Census Bureau uses estimates only and there can be a large margin of error. 

Current data shows that only 64.4% of young people ages 18-24 in Adams County (approximately 27,700 of 43,000 youth) are earning a wage at the self-sufficiency standard.

This equates to approximately 15,000 youth who are not making a wage that allows them to afford the basic needs for their families.

If all variables remain the same and with Adams County's growing population, the percent at or above the Self Sufficiency Standard could be expected to plateau, with no noticeable signs of improvement.

Learn more about the reality of youth employment in Adams County at the Employment CAN's upcoming kickoff session. LEARN MORE

A baseline for Broomfield County is in the process of being developed.
Youth, Educator, and Community Voice and Perspective at the Center of this Work

The Youth Employment CAN has been utilizing Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors (TEGA) to gain insight into the challenges to employment young people are experiencing and to determine what strategies and interventions are working. 

The first round of TEGA interviews focused on validating factors identified by the preliminary landscape analysis for why youth are not making a self-sufficient wage, and included interviews with young men of color, employers, and educators.

To view the initial findings from this round of TEGA interviews, CLICK HERE.

Source: Adams County Educator

Together We 'CAN'

In Adams County, approximately 15,000 young people are not making a wage that allows them to afford their basic needs.
The Adams County Workforce & Business Center, City and County of Broomfield, and Metro North Chamber of Commerce invite you to an  information session on  Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM  to learn more about an effort that is emerging through the   ACYI Partnership  to understand what employment looks like for youth after leaving school or receiving a post-secondary credential. 

We will dive into the current state of youth employment in Adams County and collectively work to identify where opportunities exist in the community to improve systems for young people related to employment.

Lunch will be available at 11:00 AM, please come early to get your food and network!  We will be starting promptly at 11:30 AM. 
Please RSVP by the Friday April 12th. 

A baseline for Broomfield County is in the process of being developed.
Learn More About Additional ACYI CAN Efforts

The  ACYI Partnership is a collective effort of  cross-sector Partners who are working together to improve academic achievement and the safety and well-being of all children and youth by moving the needle in key  Cradle to Career Outcome Areas

National and local research indicates that when our youth are hitting targets in these key areas, their potential for long-term success greatly increases. 

These Cradle to Career indicators are similar to  Vital Signs used in healthcare, in this case, they tell us about the health of our community. The Cradle to Career Areas are HOW we measure success for our youth long-term.

Collective work has also kicked off around other Cradle to Career Outcomes. 

LEARN MORE  about the work underway through ACYI's other CANs to improve Cradle to Career Outcomes  for youth.

Story of Impact: Enrolling Adams County's Most-Vulnerable Young People in Post-Secondary Programs
The MSU Denver Team supports College Works students throughout their post-secondary journeys.

Over the last two years, a partnership between  Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU), Front Range Community College, and Adams County Workforce and Business Cent er  has worked to increase post-secondary enrollment of students at risk of melting off over the summer. 

The team has started off with small cohorts to ensure that this intervention would work for their target population: low-income youth qualifying for Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) who are at risk of melting off over the summer, particularly youth of color.  READ MORE

Training Young Women to Become Researchers
ACYI TEGA featured on Podcast
Pictured here: The ACYI TEGA Team at the 2018 StriveTogether National Convening in Seattle, Washington.

ACYI's Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors (TEGA) effort was recently featured on a Podcast by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. TEGAs are young women aged 18-24 who are trained to  conduct research via a mobile application, which allows them to serve as digital interviewers, collecting real-time data about their communities in the form of audio, videos and photos, as well as traditional survey data.

Check out the podcast to learn further how TEGA infuses youth and community voice into the Cradle to Career work of the ACYI Partnership CLICK HERE

Ongoing Learning Opportunities
To Support Outcomes Focused Work

Through our Institute we provide training, coaching and support for outcomes focused work happening on behalf of children and youth, specifically related to moving the needle in identified Cradle to Career priorities in Adams County. LEARN MORE

For a list of current opportunities available, visit us online at
Orientation to the ACYI Partnership and Collective Impact

Who is ACYI, and how does the ACYI Partnership work to improve Cradle to Career Outcomes for Adams County youth?

Learn more about the ACYI Partnership, its collective impact approach, and the work ACYI supports. This workshop is a prerequisite for all other Institute workshops.
The ACYI Theory of Action

Take a Deep Dive into our Outcomes Focused Framework

Gain a better understanding of how our Outcomes Focused framework is used to affect systems change in improving outcomes for young people, and how far the ACYI Partnership is in its implementation.
Intro to Continuous Improvement

What is Continuous Improvement and how can this process help me improve outcomes on behalf of children and youth?

Learn about the Continuous Improvement process and receive an introduction to basic tools that are key to the practice.

Join Our Team!
AmeriCorps Vista Placement Available

Here at ACYI, we know two things to be true:
  1. Together We CAN Do More
  2. Outcomes Focused Practice is How We CAN do It
If you believe this too, check out current opportunities below to join the ACYI Backbone Team.

Youth Leadership Camp
Opportunity for High School Students and College Freshmen

The Latino Leadership Institute  a t the University of Denver is  partnering with the Denver Broncos to host a Youth Leadership camp on June 26th for rising high school seniors, juniors, and college freshman (2019-20 academic year) from 11:30am-4:30pm at the Broncos Stadium. 

Students will dive into Leadership, Financial Literacy, Community Building & Philanthropy, and Emotional Intelligence. 

The deadline to apply is April 20. Students will be notified by May 1. Please share with students and encourage them to apply. LEARN MORE.

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