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Our Shared Challenge:
Colorado is at a crossroads, financially and administratively, in how we deliver human services to children and families.
All system partners – including those from child welfare, mental health, education, and juvenile justice arenas; in addition to faith-based and government organizations; as well as service providers for homeless and runaway youth – recognize the need for a new approach that builds on the strengths of the current systems, embraces true collaboration, and is cost-effective.
The mission of Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition (CBPYT) is to:
- Support the essential bridges to adulthood through culturally appropriate resources
- Enhance services for youth to help those transitioning out of systems of care
- Help youth obtain good jobs
- Strengthen and augment family and social network support for youth
- Promote educational success
- Promote mental health and wellness
- Foster personal growth and self-identity
- Empower youth and promote personal responsibility
A Collaborative Response:
Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition is a solution. Our approach mixes youth empowerment, agency expertise, and services in a way that helps local communities impact youth in a successful, positive, and appropriate way.
CBPYT operates as an AmeriCorps program housed at Denver Human Services. Through this program, AmeriCorps members mentor other youth who are currently transitioning out of foster care, homelessness, and other systems of care. Our mentors work out of community agencies across the Front Range, where they serve for about 38 hours weekly. After they complete 1,700 hours of service, they are rewarded with $5,550 to further their education.
The CBPYT AmeriCorps program works with various host sites in the Denver/Boulder area, including city and county agencies and non-profits, to support local community partnerships in meeting the needs of youth between the ages of 15 and 22 who are transitioning into self-sufficiency.
Members assist youth in the development of life skills in areas such as education, employment, housing, personal finance, cooking, personal care, healthcare, etc. One-on-one mentoring, group facilitation, program development, and service learning projects are a few ways that AmeriCorps members reach out to and work with youth.
Amy Metzdorf-Hill, DHS Lead UM Coordinator and former CBPYT Program Manager. Began the program in 2002.
Tracy Osborn, former DHS Grants Administrator.
Jamie Gulick, Vice President of Programs Outreach and Education Department of MHA Colorado and former CBPYT Program Manager.
Nicole Vera: Former CBPYT Program Manager