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Young Adults

The Mesa County Workforce Center has two teams that focus on serving our youth population, our Employment Services Team and our Career Development Team.


The Mesa County Workforce Center provides services to our youth population aged 14-24. We can provide guidance in a number of ways. Our Employment Services Team can help answer questions like

  • How do I get a job?
  • Where do I start?
  • Do I need a work permit?
  • How do I apply?
  • Do I need a resume? How do I make a resume?
  • What do I wear to apply to jobs or interview?
  • What will the interview be like?
  • How old do I have to be to get a job?
  • Will employers hire me if I’ve never worked?
  • Are there tools that can help me decide on my future career?
  • What if I have no idea what I want to do?

If you are a youth that would like answers to questions like this, please visit with our Youth Employment Specialist.

In collaboration with the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Program, our goal is to connect youths with employers to gain meaningful work experience. Please check out Colorado’s official state web portal for the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt (



  1. Call to set up an appointment with the Youth Employment Specialist (970) 248-7563.
  2. Before coming to the appointment, register as a job seeker on (you will need your social security number to create a profile). Registration is free and easy.


There are no fees for these services!


The Young Adult Career Development Program (CDP) provides a variety of programs, workshops and one-on-on guidance to young adults, ages 16-24, who need help finding a job, planning a career or reaching education goals. Our friendly staff works with each of our clients to provide customized plans to meet their unique needs. For questions, please contact: (970)248-0871.



  1. Register with us at
  2. Get a Kickstart Application from Mesa County Workforce Center. Fill it out and turn it in.
  3. You will be contacted by a Career Development Specialist.


In order to be eligible for the CDP Young Adult Program, you will need to provide one item from each category below:


  • Colorado I.D. and signed Social Security Card

Barriers to Employment/Education:

  • Youth Offender – Juvenile/criminal justice/court documents, a letter from parole/probation officer or police records.
  • Pregnant/Parenting – A copy of child’s birth certificate, a physician’s note, or a statement from a school program for pregnant teens.
  • Foster Child – Court letter/court documents or a written statement from a state/local agency stating youth is ward of the state.
  • Homeless/Runaway – A written statement from a homeless shelter, a written statement from individual providing residence, and/or a self-attestation.
  • Dropout – Self attestation and/or letter from school.
  • Basic Skills Deficient – WorkKeys Test
  • Youth Needs Assistance – Self attestation specifying what youth needs assistance for.

Income Documentation:

  • TANF/Food Stamps – Mesa County WFC! can provide documents.
  • Supplemental Security Income – Social Security Documents.
  • Homeless – A written statement from a homeless shelter, a written statement from individual providing residence, and/or self-attestation.
  • Foster Child – Court documents or written statement from local agency stating you are a ward of the state.
  • Disability – Medical records, letter from drug/alcohol rehabilitation agency, physician’s/psychiatrist’s/psychologist’s statement, or school records (IEP).  All documents must be less than one year old.
  • Family Six Month Income* – Social security cards and proof of income (pay stubs, letter from employer, W2). *If you are a homeless youth, foster child, youth with a disability, or are not claimed on parent taxes, you are considered a Household of One. Individual proof of income (for six months) and individual’s Social Security Card are required to be eligible under Household of One.