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2023 Access to Career Pathway Grant Recipients

AdvanceEDU: AdvanceEDU is helping Coloradans who want to earn a career-relevant degree and start a meaningful career do so affordably with personalized coaching, academic support, and career connections from a team focused on helping students succeed. Funding to support Success Coach programming and goals related to program persistence and completion.

Café Momentum: The Café Momentum restaurant and 12-month paid internship program provides a lifechanging curriculum for justice-involved youth through a youth services center and management of a fine dining restaurant. Funding to increase support avenues for justice-involved youth in Colorado through Café Momentum's Denver expansion.

CareerWise Colorado: CareerWise Colorado's modern youth apprentices split time between traditional high school classrooms and the workplace, earning a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their classroom learning. Funding to underwrite a comprehensive in-person hiring, onboarding and training program for apprentices and employers.

College Track: College Track works to support predominantly first-generation scholars in various phases of their academic and professional journey from 9th grade through and beyond college graduation. Funding to support Colorado scholars in the College Thrive phase as they matriculate to college and persist to earn a bachelor's degree.

Denver Test Prep: Denver Test Prep offers students support to improve their academic performance through one-on-one tutoring programs and small group courses. Funding to support academic programming (afterschool study hall, SAT prep, college essay support and tutoring) for local nonprofit.

Dress for Success Denver: Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Funding to underwrite Butterfly Bus site visits to local high schools, colleges and organizations to increase young women's access to career readiness programming.

Emily Griffith Foundation: Emily Griffith Foundation provides educational and charitable funding for the support of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and programs of Emily Griffith Technical College, whose mission is to prepare students for today's workforce and tomorrow's opportunities. Funding to increase college access and remove barriers to persisting in and completing education through emergency stipends.

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver: Girls Inc. of Metro Denver's Career and College Success program provides year-round academic support and programing focused on college and career exploration, planning and successful transitions, with the goal of helping girls learn skills to be healthy, independent, and successful adults. Funding to enhance out-of-state college tours focused on HBCUs and HSIs and expand externship program through new business and entrepreneurship pathway.

Junior Achievement: Junior Achievement believes any young people can succeed with the right tools and works to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. Funding to support career exploration programming for students working to identify a career that pays a living wage and is fulfilling.

Mile High United Way: Mile High United Way's Bridging the Gap is a program serving young adults experiencing homelessness, the majority of whom have transitioned out of the child welfare system. Funding to provide programmatic support via direct-to-client assistance and wraparound services.

Mile High Youth Corps: Mile High Youth Corps connects young adults with opportunities to earn while they learn and develop skills in meaningful career pathways. Funding to underwrite support services and increase BIPOC Corpsmember representation.

Minds Matter Colorado: Minds Matter Colorado connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world. Funding to expand access to College Access Mentoring Program, ensuring more youth will have access to a four-year college degree.

Teaching the Autism Community Trades (TACT): Teaching the Autism Community Trades (TACT) mobile programming is a six-week program focused on trade career exploration and skill building for youth with Autism spectrum disorders. Funding to expand TACT mobile programming outside of Denver County.

Urban Peak: Urban Peak's Education and Employment support services program provides youth experiencing homelessness with the skills and support they need to persist in school, find and maintain employment and progress toward self-sufficiency. Funding to support Education and Employment programming and wraparound services.

Young Americans Center for Financial Education: Young Americans Center for Financial Education's Young AmeriTowne is an immersive, hands-on program that instills crucial financial skills and workplace readiness aptitudes as students grow competencies in money management, economics, civics, ethics and philanthropy and develop positive financial habits, attitudes and sense of self-worth. Funding to support Send-A-School program to ensure low-income schools and students can access Young AmeriTowne programming and field trip.