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WIA Youth Program

The WIA Youth Program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act. The program is designed to increase educational opportunities, assist with the obtainment of High School Diploma and High School Equivalency, explore career options, leadership opportunities, and provide meaningful subsidized work experiences.  Youth services are provided to in-school or out-of-school youth ages 14-21.

The program offers the following services: Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling including dropout prevention strategies.  Alternative secondary school services.  Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning.  Paid and unpaid work experiences including internships and job shadowing.  Occupational skill training.  Leadership development opportunities.  Supportive services.  Adult mentoring for a duration of at least twelve months, that may occur during and after program participation.  Follow up services for not less than 12 months after program completion.  Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol counseling and referral to counseling as appropriate to meet the needs of the participant. 

An individual must be between the ages of 14-21, low income and meet at least one of following barriers to employment:  School dropout (individual is no longer attending any school and has not received a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent); Basic skills deficient (individuals that have English, writing or computing skills at or below the 8th grade level on a generally accepted standardized test; Foster child; Pregnant or parenting; Individuals with disabilities, including learning disabilities; Homeless or runaway youth; Offenders; An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an education program, or to secure and hold employment, as identified in the Regional Customer Service Plan.

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