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Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

Joining Forces Youth Summit

Workforce Challenge

With more than a handful of barriers facing our young workforce, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! was inspired to collaborate with local youth and businesses to discuss workforce trends, identify challenges, and brainstorm solutions. With this focus in mind, the 1st Annual Joining Forces Summit was established in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Workforce Solution

The Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Executive Youth Council was inspired to host a conference where youth and employers equally shared their input regarding workforce challenges and successes. The Youth Council, in collaboration with a handful of community partners, reached out to local employers and in-school and out of school youth. The event was planned with input from all entities to ensure a collaborative environment.

Outcomes & Benefits

The 1st Annual Joining Forces Summit, held on April 30, 2010, had more than 100 businesses and youth attend. The conference offered a variety of tracks with workshops led by both employers and youth. The conference environment encouraged a common ground where both audiences could talk about their differences and similarities. The outcome of this interactive day-long conference was a better understanding of differences and tangible experiences to build from. Conferences attendees rated the event with highest remarks!

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