Youth

ACLU-Know Your Rights

Statewide

Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated from the ACLU's web page.

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Al Anon & Alateen

Statewide

Al Anon and Alateen meetings provide support for parents and friends of people with substance use disorders at no cost. Al Anon is for adults; Alateen is specifically for young people affected by someone else’s drinking.

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Below the Surface

Statewide

Because sometimes pain lies just below the surface, this effort to help young people struggling with life is called Below the Surface. All text conversations are confidential. Text TALK to 38255, any day, any time. Every conversation is with a real person--no bots allowed.

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Colorado Springs

888 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career. CEO connects their young adult participants with specialized programming and resources that more effectively meet their needs.

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Denver

3532 Franklin Street, Suite S, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career. CEO connects their young adult participants with specialized programming and resources that more effectively meet their needs.

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Colorado Juvenile Defender Center

Statewide

Denver

Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC) is a nonprofit organization that works on juvenile defense and advocates for justice for all children and youth in Colorado. CJDC works to ensure access to counsel and quality representation for juveniles charged with crimes. They also work to reduce the collateral consequences of a juvenile adjudication, reduce over-incarceration of children in juvenile facilities and adult prisons, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and improve conditions of confinement for juveniles. If you need help with expungement of a juvenile adjudication, de-registration/removal from the Colorado Sex Offender Registry, or representation with an expulsion and special education proceeding, contact the CJDC. You do not have to be under the age of 18 to qualify for their help if your case was in juvenile court. Click on their website to learn more about their legal services.

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Colorado Second Chance Scholarship

Statewide

If you were released from the Division of Youth Services in Colorado within the past five years, you may be eligible for an annual $10,000 scholarship! It's called the Second Chance Scholarship program, and the purpose of the program is to help people who were committed to DYS while a youth. The funds are to be used for postsecondary education. The deadline to apply for this year is April 15, 2020. Click on the website to learn more about eligibility and the program. You may also call 303-974-2499 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Job Corps

57608 Highway 330, Collbran CO 81624

Northwest

Collbran

Collbran Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is a free residential educational and job training program for young adults ages 16-24. They will connect you to skills and the education you need to move forward in life. You can enroll online or call for more information. Click on the website, then click on Get Your Application Started.

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Karis Apartments

PO Box 2837, Grand Junction CO 81502

Northwest

Grand Junction

Karis Apartments is supportive housing for homeless youth ages 18-24. The apartments are fully furnished and have full kitchens and single bathrooms. The building also has common space for cooking, art, community gatherings, and services. Contact The House in Grand Junction to learn more about how to apply for admission to Karis Apartments, and to learn about other housing options they may have.

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LYRIC Colorado–Know Your Rights

Statewide

The purpose of LYRIC (Learn your Rights in Colorado) is to teach youth about their Constitutional rights. Their programming aims to bring Constitutional law to life for juveniles in schools, juvenile justice facilities, and community settings. We suggest watching their video about knowing your rights.

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Sarah’s Home

PO Box 29, Peyton CO 80831

Statewide

Sarah's Home provides healing, restoration, and reintegration for girls ages 12 to 18 rescued from the forced commercial sex trade. Services include education through an accredited school on the property, life skills, medical care, counseling, and more. Single rooms are fully furnished in a home located in a safe rural location. The cost is based on your income. Call the number listed for more information, or you may write to the address.

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The Place

423 Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs CO 80903

Southeast

Colorado Springs

The Place, formerly known as Urban Peak, provides help for youth ages 15 -24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Services include health, employment readiness, life skills, education, and more. All services are free and individualized. If you are in the Colorado Springs area and do not feel safe, text the word “SAFE” to 4HELP (44357) and you'll be instructed where the closest safe place is to you.

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Trevor Project Lifeline

Statewide

Trevor Project is the only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25. you can also use their website to chat with confidential instant messaging, or text START to 678678.

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Workforce Centers–WIOA Youth Program

Statewide

Workforce Centers across Colorado run the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program. If you're between 14-24 years old, live in a low income family, and have one or more challenges, such as deficiency in math or reading skills, misdemeanor or felony record, documented disability, school drop out, homeless/runaway, pregnant or parenting, or in foster care, you may qualify for help through the WIOA youth program. Click on the website to learn more about the services you can get through WIAO. You'll find the statewide list of Workforce Centers through this website and on remerg.com in the Jobs & Training section.

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