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The City of Brighton’s Office of Youth Services is hard at work changing the future workforce. Growing Grads is a program to provide parents and students local resources for life after high school. Some teens will be heading to college and others will be entering the workforce. Growing Grads offers free opportunities to anyone who fits either or those two categories.

For those students looking to go to enter post secondary education, Growing Grads includes an annual series of evening workshops that help families learn about scholarship information and get hands-on assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This year the FAFSA Kickoff event will be Tuesday, Oct. 15th from 5:30pm – 8pm at The Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong Street in Brighton. This event will include a table fair with all the resources a teen needs to make a decision on where to go and how to pay for college. Representatives from branches of the military will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information. The kickoff event is mostly geared for high school juniors and seniors but anyone looking for assistance getting financial aid or wanting information on next steps can attend.

Additionally, the Office of Youth Services will also host four other FAFSA Nights at various schools around the community. Anyone can attend these nights, even if they do not attend the school that is hosting. Those dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Oct. 16 – FAFSA Night at Brighton High School, 5-7 p.m.
  • Oct. 23 – FAFSA Night at Eagle Ridge Academy, 5-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 5 – FAFSA Night at Prairie View High School, 5-7 p.m.
  • Jan. 8 – FAFSA Night at Front Range Community College – Brighton Campus, 5-7 p.m.

Anyone who attends any of the FAFSA Nights or the Kickoff will be entered into a giveaway to win a laptop. The event is free but you’re asked to register in advance by going to www.brightonco.gov/GrowingGrads.

Next spring, the Growing Grads program continues with a Summer Job Launch workshop. This event assists youth in building their resumes and is designed to help young people wanting to find a summer job get prepared to enter the workforce. There will be opportunities for youth to build a professional resume and also to practice interviewing techniques. This workshop is required for anyone who is interested in the final stage of the Growing Grads program which is the Summer Internship Program through the City of Brighton.

The Growing Grads Summer Internship Program offers several different paid positions. Youth dedicate 150 hours of their summer to learning skills in different departments such as Information Technology, Public Works, Historic Preservation, Accounting and Finance, Communications or Parks and Recreation.

When the Office of Youth Services is not planning or hosting its Growing Grads workshops, city staff is likely providing a fun and safe environment for teens to collaborate and get involved in their community. Three of the most well known services the Office of Youth Services provides is its Brighton Youth Commission and Youth Corps and the Youth Image Summit.

To think that all this and more is done with a small, but mighty, team of three is certainly impressive. Thank you for all you do for the future leaders of our Brighton community, Office of Youth Services. Keep up the great and important work!