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.
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:
- summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year
- pre-apprenticeship programs
- internships and job shadowing
- 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
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.