WIOA Youth Program

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program offers a comprehensive array of services to assist youth with barriers to employment prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities, attain educational and/or skills training credentials and secure employment with career opportunities. Program services are provided in all 12 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDAs), with a priority of funding focused on out-of-school youth. Out-of-school youth are individuals aged 16-24, who are not attending school and have barriers to employment. In-school youth are individuals aged 14-21, attending school, who are low income and have barriers to employment.
Barriers to Employment May include:
  • Homelessness/runaway
  • Not attending or having dropped out of secondary school
  • Having a disability
  • Involvement with the foster care system
  • In an out-of-home placement
  • Graduate who is low income and lacking basic skills or an English language learner
  • Current or prior involvement with the criminal justice system
  • Pregnant or parenting