Integration Programs

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We Made This

We Made This is a employment skills training program for refugees. WMT provides 12 week introductory, intermediate, and artisan sewing classes structured around developing and strengthening sewing and communication skills, hands-on production, and familiarization of business needs. We Made This is targeted specifically at low-integrator refugees who face many barriers to integration into our Denver Community.  WMT produces bags and accessories, with 55% of sales going to the person that made the good. 

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The East Colfax Youth Center (ECYC) is an academic and life skills support center dedicated to giving youth the tools they need to transition into adulthood. ECYC is open to individuals ages 14-24 and offers a welcoming, inclusive space where students have access to free tutoring, fun and educational field trips, and college readiness assistance.

Photo Courtesy of John Abramson

Photo Courtesy of John Abramson


Ready for American Hospitality

Ready for American Hospitality (RAH) is a collaborative training program the University of Denver (DU) and ACC

Refugee students are paired with students from DU’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management’s Human Capital Management course. The DU students and refugee students establish a mentor/protégé relationship as they meet twice per week. The RAH protégés gain knowledge, skills, and experience working in the food service industry while gaining a better understanding of work culture and expectations in the U.S. This ultimately leads to employment opportunities and additional nurturing throughout the integration process.