Emerson Street @ MHCD
Emerson Street through the Mental Health Center of Denver is a program in Denver specifically focused on youth ages 15 to 26. They offer activities, groups, employment/education support for youth Monday-Friday. While they do offer therapy, many of the clients I have worked but have not had success with the therapist due to continued appointment misunderstandings and lack of communication from the therapists.
Project Homeless Connect
Project Homeless Connect is an annual event in Denver for individuals experiencing homelessness or unstable housing and they create an awesome housing guide worth checking out. They assist onsite with everything: education, employment, housing, medical testing, and everything that you could think of. The event happens in November. While it is an amazing event over all, it doesn’t cater to youth well and can be intimidating to youth who are not accustomed to accessing resources on the adult side of things.
Project Safeguard is a program that offers legal support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Advocates assist clients through the process of protection orders and they can help with free of cost attorney’s throughout the process when needed. They offer services in multiple counties throughout the Denver metro area.
Aging-Out Foster Youth
DreamMakers one of my favorite resources for youth who are aging out of care. They work hard to secure donations both monetary and in-kind from the community for youth. Youth provide DreamMakers with a “dream” and they work to fill it. The Dreams range in price and need. In my experience, youth have been able to receive laptops for college, scooters for transportation, summer camp, college tuition, rental deposits, furniture, and even prosthetic limbs.