Youth Services

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Services Program seeks to assist eligible at-risk youth in achieving academic and employment success through effective and comprehensive activities. The program emphasizes the long term development of youth by expanding upon successful youth development programs.

Under WIOA, comprehensive youth services include the following elements:

  1. 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;
  2. Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services, as appropriate;
  3. Paid and unpaid work experiences that have academic and occupational education as a component of the work experience, which may include the following types of work experiences: (i) Summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year; (ii) Pre-apprenticeship programs; (iii) Internships and job shadowing; and (iv) On-the-job training opportunities;
  4. Occupational skill training, which includes priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area involved, if the Local WDB determines that the programs meet the quality criteria described in WIOA sec. 123;
  5. Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
  6. Leadership development opportunities, including community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social and civic behaviors;
  7. Supportive services;
  8. Adult mentoring for a duration of at least 12 months, that may occur both during and after program participation;
  9. Follow-up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation;
  10. 10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling, as well as referrals to counseling, as appropriate to the needs of the individual youth;
  11. Financial literacy education;
  12. Entrepreneurial skills training;
  13. Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  14. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training.

    Contact ECWDB or a WIOA Youth Training Provider in your county today to learn more about how we can help connect you to a good job, training and a bright future.