Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Julia Kirklen


Julia Kirklen



Julia Kirklen, Job Coach at the Denver Youth Workforce Office.


"This is the reason why I have a job, and why a lot of other youth have jobs in Colorado."

Julia Kirklen is 18 years old and is spending the summer at the first full-time job of her young career. She's working for the Denver Youth Workforce Office, which is involved with the Summer Youth Employment Program. The Recovery Act is paying for hundreds of Denver youths, up to age 24, to get summer jobs.


"I'm a job coach for about 30 youths," said the Denver native and graduate of East High School. "I'm a person they can come to if there's something going on in the job that's making them uncomfortable. They bring me their time cards. They're working at recreation centers, libraries, even at fast food restaurants. Their ages range from 14 to 17."


Before getting this job, the teen had spent summers teaching tennis at a Denver camp. This fall, she plans to start college at Agnes Scott College in Georgia.


She said the job is giving her good experience. "I also like that I get to work with youth and have an impact on their lives."


"It does add to the resume, but I also want to do something that gives back to the community and helps underprivileged youth. This helps me see how things work."


Kirklen plans to save the money she is making in the job to pay for traveling home from college and other expenses at college. She said she is thankful for the Recovery Act.


"This is the reason why I have a job, and why a lot of other youth have jobs in Colorado."
 

 

 

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