Kathlyne is the Workforce Readiness Coach II for Bridging the Gap (BTG). BTG, a program within Mile High United Way, is a “housing first” program, that provides safety and stabilization-first- paired with focused wraparound services so that youth (18-24) can pursue academic and professional opportunities while forging self-sufficiency and establishing financial independence. Ms. Treviño delivers access to educational and professional training for “in-demand” careers through partnerships, targeted resource development, workshops/listening sessions, one-on-one coaching, and trauma-informed, industry-specific programming. She develops workforce frameworks which embrace 151 participants as they connect to quality employment that fosters a livable wage, stability, opportunity, and autonomy. Prior to her work with Mile High United Way, Kathlyne served 15 years as the Lead School-to-Work Facilitator for Goodwill’s Youth Programs. Her work was instrumental in creating paid internships, apprenticeships, STEM workforce accreditations, digital badging, and scholarships for youth in Weld County. Kathlyne’s work with the Student Recovery Program and CRSP (Colorado Refugee Settlement Program) galvanized her efforts to increase access, build networks, and forge the tools required to secure quality employment and advance economic opportunity. Ms. Treviño continues to volunteer within her community through employment preparation and scholarship workshops. Likewise, her mentors have gone on to become business owners and mentors themselves. Engaged advocates inspire ALL communities to be heard. This inclusive access must be enacted to guarantee that workforce development is paramount in advancing economic mobility and sustaining self-sufficiency.

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