The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 enacted a comprehensive youth employment program for eligible youth ages 14-24. The main goal 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 youth (ages 14-21) and Out-of-School youth ages 16-24.
The Youth Programs begin with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training, leading to a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education. This unique program helps prepare the youth of today to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow.
Youth Program Elements
The WIOA youth program includes 14 program elements. Each youth participant will have these 14 services available to them. click here to view the 14 elements
In-School Youth Eligibility
An In-School Youth is an individual between the ages of 14-21, low income, and meets at least one barrier to employment. click here to view the barriers
Out-of-School Youth Eligibility
An Out-of-School Youth is an individual between the ages of 16-24, low income, and meets at least one barrier to employment. click here to view the barriers
Soft skills are skills most employers look for in their prospective and existing employees. "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 24 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas.
Job Readiness Training
Learn the Fundamentals of the Workplace. The Youth Program offers eligible youth the opportunity to receive job readiness training, which consists of learning the fundamental expectations that employers have with employees, such as: dressing appropriately for the job, arriving to work ahead of time, notifying the employer of an absence or tardiness, as well as how to work with others. Gain paid or unpaid work experience with a local employer. Job readiness training is provided to any eligible youth whether or not they are entering a work experience activity.
Work Experience Training
The Youth Program offers eligible youth the opportunity to gain paid or unpaid work experience with a participating employer in your community.
Get a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)
The Youth Program has a proven track record of helping youth earn a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. click here to view a GED success story
Tutoring and Case Management
The Youth Program provides tutoring and case management services to improve the study and academic skills for youth ages 14-24. The main goal 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 14-24. Youth will benefit from tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling including dropout prevention strategies.