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WIOA Youth Services

 
 
 

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program is a federally funded program that provides young adults with one-on-one interaction to identify education and employment objectives that lead to future career success.  All WIOA Youth services are based on the following 14 principles:

  • Paid and Unpaid Work Experience is a structured learning experience in a workplace and provides opportunities for career exploration and skill development   
  • Occupational Skills Training is an organized program of study that provides specific skills and leads to proficiency in an occupational field
    • Adult Mentoring is a formal relationship between a youth and an adult mentor with structured activities where the mentor offers guidance, support, and encouragement
    • Follow-up Services are provided following program exit to help ensure youth succeed in employment or education

    High Lights:

    • Career Pathway Assistance-Unsure of your options, or where to look? Let us help you discover your strengths and begin working toward career success.
    • Paid work experience-Gain valuable skills for 240 hours @ $8.50 an hour to build work history and build work skills.
    • Scholars @ Work-Earn while you learn while you work towards your High School Equivalency
    • College/Training Tuition assistance-Earn valuable in demand degrees or certifications to help build your employment profile
    • Work Readiness-Equip yourself with the skills to not only find a job, but to keep a job and build a career.
    • Supportive Services-Are available to assist in removing the financial barriers that hold people back.
    • Financial Literacy-Start working on financial health and knowledge to help break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck

    Eligibility:

    As a federally-funded program we must follow enrollment guidelines to determine eligibility for our services.  The requirements as defined by WIOA are as follows:

    Out of School:

    (a) Not attending any school (as defined under State law)

    (b) Not younger than age 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment; and

    (c) One or more of the following:

    • A school dropout;
    • A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter;
    • A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is either basic skills deficient or an English language learner;
    • An offender;
    • A homeless individual, a homeless child or youth, or a runaway;
    • An individual in foster care or who has aged out of the foster care system or who has attained 16 years of age and left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, a child eligible for assistance under sec. 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of-home placement;
    • An individual who is pregnant or parenting;
    • An individual with a disability;
    • A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

    In School Youth:

    (a) Attending school (as defined by State law), including secondary and post secondary school

    (b) Not younger than age 14 or (unless an individual with a disability who is attending school under State law) older than age 21 at time of enrollment

    (c) A low-income individual; and

    (d) One or more of the following:

    • Basic skills deficient;
    • An English language learner;
    • An offender;
    • A homeless individual, a homeless child or youth, or a runaway;
    • An individual in foster care or who has aged out of the foster care system or who has attained 16 years of age and left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, a child eligible for assistance under sec. 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of-home placement;
    •  An individual who is pregnant or parenting;
    • An individual with a disability; or
    •  An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.