Youth Services & The Workforce Investment Act

If you’re looking for a job or want to finish your education, you’re at the right place!
The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) offers a comprehensive range of services to benefit job seekers. Many of these services are geared toward helping youth ages 14-21, who have encountered barriers in life, fulfill their dreams. Participating in these programs will help you find a job or finish your education . . . at no cost to you.

Qualifications Resources Services

ELIGIBILITY

Youth Services are available at no cost, for those who qualify. You must meet all of the following five requirements to qualify.

Are you:

  1. Between the ages of 14-21
  2. Low-Income
  3. . . . And meet one of these seven barriers:
    • Deficient in basic literacy skills
    • School dropout
    • Foster child, homeless or runaway
    • Pregnant or a parent
    • Offender
  4. A U.S. citizen
  5. For men – registered for Selective Service

If you answered yes to these questions, you may qualify for a youth training program under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). To find out more information, view the full WIA Guidelines or contact your local Workforce Center and ask to speak with your local Youth Services Representative.


RESOURCES

In addition to the WIA Youth Services Program, there are likely local government centers in your area which can provide employment and training related services to all job seekers. No matter what your employment requirements are, there are resources to meet your individual needs.

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SERVICES

There are many services available to help you get a job or finish your education. Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of the job seeker and may include:

  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies
  • Assessment to determine basic skill and functioning educational level
  • Alternative school services
  • Summer employment opportunities linked to academic and occupational learning;
  • Paid and unpaid work experience to include job shadowing and internships;
  • Occupational skills training such as vocational classes or OJT training;
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Support services such as transportation and child care
  • Adult mentoring
  • Follow-up services to help individuals who have completed the program
  • Guidance and counseling

For additional information, view the full WIA Guidelines or contact your local center.

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