The following pages provide an overview of the preliminary efforts of the ACYI Partnership in understanding youth employment, in particular how many young people ages 18-24, live at or above the Self-Sufficiency Standard (earning a self-sufficient wage). This information will then help The Partnership understand where opportunities exist to improve systems as they work to ensure that ALL youth in Adams and Broomfield Counties are employed at a self-sufficient wage.
Only 64% of Adams County youth ages 18-24 make a wage that allows them to afford their basic needs*.
*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.
OUR GOAL: Ensure ALL youth in Adams and Broomfield Counties will be employed at a self-sufficient wage.
WHY YOUTH EMPLOYMENT? With the overarching goal of ensuring that our children and youth become productive, contributing members of the workforce, ACYI is focused on increasing student achievement and the safety and well-being of children and youth in our community. To support this effort, ACYI has identified critical points along the cradle to career pipeline which impact that goal. The ACYI Partnership has identified a need to better understand what happens to youth after leaving school or receiving a post-secondary credential. It is critical to understand if young people are becoming employed at a wage that allows them to be self-sufficient.
Colorado has the ninth fastest population growth in the United States and Adams County is projected to be one of the fastest growing counties in Colorado in both population and employment. In order for our community to have a sustainable economic base, it is critical that the population is employed at a wage that allows them to be self-sufficient.
HOW? The Collaborative Action Network (CAN) that focuses on youth employment, functions as a collective impact mechanism that brings practitioners and partner organizations together to provide cross-sector coordination of efforts in areas that impact youth employment.
COMMITMENT It is our intent that CAN members have a sense of shared ownership over improvement in this indicator they have aligned to and eventually will be tasked to set targets for The Partnership in impacting youth employment.
- Commit to attending and actively participating in monthly iCAN Sessions
- Openly share information and best practices
- Agree to mutual accountability
- Agree to using data to inform work
- Implement iCAN action steps as part of current work
- Adopt and adapt to practices identified by the continuous improvement practice
- Share ‘Stories of Impact’
WHO? Cross-sector practitioners and individuals who are interested in organizing and collaborating around youth employment to increase the success of our youth are invited to join this group.
- Non Profit
- Law Enforcement
- Public Sector
- Faith Based
HOW TO GET INVOLVED? Contact us to learn more about joining the ACYI Youth Employment Collaborative Action Network (CAN).LEARN MORE