Friday, August 25, 2017

Paid youth leadership opportunity!

Denver Public Health is looking to hire 10-12 youth in Denver to help inform our youth substance abuse prevention work. These are part-time positions that will work a few hours a month between October 2017and June 2018. We are specifically looking for youth who live in/are from Southwest Denver neighborhoods OR identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you would like more information about this opportunity please feel free to contact Kristen Ross, Communities That Care Facilitator, at or call, 303-602-5749.

Job Announcement: Communities That Care Youth Leader

Do you want to make a difference for young people in Denver and make money at the same time? Denver Public Health is hiring 10-12 motivated youth to be a part of shaping substance abuse prevention efforts in Denver! We are looking for youth between the ages of 15-25 who care about health issues affecting them and their friends, becoming a leader and making a positive difference in their communities.

Denver Public Health is currently coordinating coalitions in two communities in Denver: 1) Southwest Denver and 2) LGBTQ+ youth. The goal of these coalitions will be to develop community-wide prevention strategies to reduce substance abuse rates in Denver. The coalitions are following the Communities That Care model, a structure that organizes adults and youth to collaborate on planning and implementing solutions that will meet the needs of their communities.

We are hiring 5-6 Youth Leaders for each coalition. Youth who are interested in participating on the Southwest Denver coalition must live in/be from Southwest Denver (Westwood, Barnum, Athmar Park, Ruby Hill, College View/ South Platte, Harvey Park, Sun Valley, Barnum West, Mar Lee, West Colfax, Valverde, Villa Park, Harvey Park South) while youth who are interested in participating in the LGBTQ+ coalition, must identify with the LGBTQ+ community. Youth will be expected to participate with adult members of the coalition to guide this effort.

As a Youth Leader, you will:
  • Build skills in leadership, collaboration, research, planning, and organizing that can be applied to school or any future career
  • Share health information with your community
  • Learn how to take action on key health issues
  • Participate in community-led research
  • Have a voice in youth substance abuse prevention efforts in Denver
  • Collaborate with other young people, community leaders, and public health professionals
What you get:
  • Paid for your participation! Youth Leaders will be paid $12 per/hour for up to 48 hours of work over the course of 8-9 months (October 2017-June 2018)
  • Community service hours for school
  • Real world skills in research, leadership, and action planning
  • Unique experience to boost your resumé or help with job or college applications
  • Opportunity to make a difference in your community by helping to shape Denver’s youth substance abuse prevention strategies
What we are looking for:
  • The capacity and willingness to take part in the following activities/actions:
  • Planning/action meetings (once a month with additional ‘as-needed’ meetings)
  • Learn about prevention science
  • Form partnerships with key community stakeholders
  • Review data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and other data sources
  • Share information broadly with the community
  • Conduct a scan to determine existing resources in Denver
  • Review a menu of prevention strategies and select an appropriate strategy based on the data results
  • Implement a series of strategies that will ultimately help reduce youth substance use
  • Represent the coalition at other youth group meetings across the city (Denver Public Health’s Youth Coalition, DPS’ 5280 Group, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, etc.)
  • A commitment to working on this project 2-5 hours each month between October 2017 and June 2018 (dates and times of hours will vary and there is some flexibility)
  • A desire to make a positive difference for youth in Denver
  • The ability to engage with other young people in Denver across diverse communities
  • A willingness to provide feedback on the coalition process
  • An interest in taking on additional responsibilities as needed, such as: leading a workgroup or participating on the Executive Committee

Sign up to be a part of a Communities That Care coalition today!

Use this online form to apply.

If you are reading a printed version of this announcement, you can type into your web browser to access the online application.

Selection Process:
Eligible applicants will be contacted and invited to participate in a group interview session. This will also serve as an opportunity to learn more about the coalition. Please mark your calendars now and hold the time for a two hour interview session on one of the following dates:

If you are interested in joining the LGBTQ+ CTC coalition:
Saturday, September 30th in the morning
Tuesday, October 3rd in the evening

If you live in/are from SW Denver and are interested in joining the coalition there:
Wednesday, October 25th in the evening
Saturday, October 28th in the morning

(Applicants will be able to indicate on the application the dates/times they are available to participate. Applicants will be notified of the date and time at least one week in advance.)

If you have any additional questions about the work, duties, the time commitment or your eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact Kristen Ross, Communities That Care Facilitator, at 303-602-5749 or