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Youth Employment Academy Raises More than $40,000 through Colorado Gives Day

DENVER – Monday, January 22, 2024 – Denver Housing Authority (DHA) announced today that the Youth Employment Academy (YEA,) a program that works to educate, employ and empower some of Denver’s most vulnerable youth, raised $40,333 through Colorado Gives Day to help make a difference in the lives of young individuals.

YEA offers innovative programs that equip young people with skills and knowledge needed to excel in life. The program guides more than 200 youth from marginalized and undeserved communities annually, helping them achieve their educational, employment, and mental health goals. YEA oversees Arts Street, the Osage Café and Mercado, and Decatur Fresh, all unique social enterprises and programs that support youth education and combat food insecurity in Denver.

“Colorado Gives Day is an annual giving tradition that celebrates philanthropy across the state, and this year, the DHA community rallied together in a truly inspiring way,” Annie Hancock, DHA director of resident and community connections said. “The generosity exhibited by supporters reflects their commitment to empowering youth and fostering positive change.”

The funds raised on Colorado Gives Day will play a pivotal role in advancing YEA’s mission to provide comprehensive programming in the culinary arts, creative industries, employment training, and mentorship. These essential pillars contribute to the holistic development of the youth served by YEA, enabling not only personal growth but also the cultivation of skills crucial for economic stability.

To continue to support YEA youth and learn more about programming, visit: Home | YEA (