The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible youth in achieving academic and employment success. Services are designed to meet the needs of out-of-school youth.

Program Services

The WIOA youth program provides education, training and employment opportunities for out-of-school youth. Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and may include:

  • Tutoring, study skills training, instruction, and evidence-based dropout prevention and recovery strategies that lead to completion of the requirements for a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including a recognized certificate of attendance or similar document for individuals with disabilities) or for a recognized postsecondary credential
  • Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences that have as a component academic and occupational education, which may include:
    1. summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year
    2. pre-apprenticeship programs
    3. internships and job shadowing
    4. on-the-job training opportunities
  • Occupational skill training, which may include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that are aligned with in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area
  • Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Supportive services
  • Adult mentoring
  • Follow-up services
  • Guidance and counseling
  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations
  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training

Participant Eligibility

An individual must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive services:

  • 14 through 24 years of age; and
  • US citizen or eligible to work in the US; and
  • Comply with Selective Service registration requirements when appropriate; and
  • Comply with local or state residency requirements when imposed; and
  • Meet low income requirements (with limited exceptions); and
  • Need assistance as demonstrated by one of six factors.

Note: Documents that confirm an individual’s eligibility for WIOA services will be required during the application process. Examples include but are not limited to: birth certificate, social security card, pay stubs, etc.


To apply or for more information contact youth service providers in your area.


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