Purpose: The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title IB Youth Program provides services to youth ages 14-21. The main thrust of the Youth Program is to increase the focus on longer-term academic and occupational learning opportunities and provide long-term comprehensive service strategies. Youth services are provided to in-school or out-of-school youth ages 14-21.
Economic Development: The Youth Program is designed to prepare youth to either enter post-secondary education, training or employment upon completion of their secondary education. This unique program helps prepare the youth of today to meet the workforce need of tomorrow.
Youth program elements consist of:
- Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling including dropout prevention strategies;
- Alternative secondary school services;
- Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning;
- Paid and unpaid work experiences including internships and job shadowing;
- Occupational skill training;
- Leadership development opportunities;
- Supportive services;
- Adult mentoring for a duration of at least twelve months, that may occur during and after program participation;
- Follow up services for not less than 12 months after the participant completes the program; and
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol counseling and referral to counseling as appropriate to meet the needs of the participant.
Eligibility: An individual must be between the ages of 14-21, low income and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment:
- School dropout (individual is no longer attending any school and has not received a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent);
- Basic skills deficient (individuals that have English, writing or computing skills at or below the 8th grade level on a generally accepted standardized test;
- Foster child
- Pregnant or parenting
- Individuals with disabilities, including learning disabilities
- Homeless or runaway youth
- Offenders or
- Meets the local workforce investment board's definition of an eligible youth facing serious barriers.
This program requires that at least 30 percent of youth funds must be used to serve out-of-school youth. An out-of-school youth is an eligible youth who is a school dropout; or an eligible youth who has received a secondary school diploma or its equivalent but is basic skills deficient, unemployed or underemployed.
It allows for five percent of each youth providers participants to be non-economically disadvantaged provided they meet the other eligibility and selective service requirements.
Take the First Step Today: Contact us at the closest workforce center to you and ask to speak with a youth services representative.