Business is the economic engine of the state and it has the power to lift people out of poverty. We believe the best way to address poverty includes connecting individuals to meaningful work. Our businesses are hungry for talent and yet there are those in our community who are being overlooked.
To help address this problem we have entered into an exclusive partnership with Activate Workforce Solutions, a people-centered recruiting firm in the entry-to-middle skill labor market that connects talent to opportunity. Their mission is to activate low-income individuals into their inherent potential through the dignity of work.
Activate helps Denver-area businesses discover, retain, and develop motivated and loyal talent in hard-to-fill and high-turnover jobs. Colorado Concern recommends Activate Workforce Solutions to our member companies and endorses their groundbreaking approach to poverty alleviation. Learn more at activatework.com.
Professional Careers, Collegiate Programs, and Youth Apprenticeships
The Colorado Concern goal is to create pathways for 400 individuals into professional careers, collegiate programs, and youth apprenticeships over the next five years.
For early- to mid-career positions
Activate Workforce Solutions, PBC is an employer-centric and people-focused recruiting and coaching firm that creates an equitable path for individuals seeking careers and employers seeking talent.
Activate also has an IT training program called ActivateIT Powered by Per Scholas that delivers a comprehensive approach to developing tech talent which includes curriculum design, career readiness coaching, and job placement.
For college student positions
In partnership with MSU, Activate and Colorado Concern are building a student success pathway from university into careers that create economic mobility.
In this one-year Activate Leadership Program, students commit to full-time summer employment and part-time fall and spring employment and receive Activate’s professional development coaching throughout the year. Upon graduation, employers may transition students into full-time positions with post-placement coaching through Activate for long-term success
- Named 5th most innovative university in the West
- 57% are first-generation college students
- 96% of students are from CO and 80% of graduates remain in CO
- 48% represent a diverse population and serves the Latinx-serving institutio
For apprenticeship positions
In partnership with CareerWise Colorado (CWC), Activate and Colorado Concern are committed to a youth apprenticeship program. Students work alongside seasoned professionals in this multi-year program.
Both CWC and Activate work to ensure candidates are recruited through a competitive process and supported with supplemental programs including development, training, and coaching.
- Adapted from Swee apprenticeship system
- Filling the gap for youth that are not college-bound