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Youth Advisory Council

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The Region 15 Youth Advisory Council provides guidance for, and exercises oversight of, local youth programs operated under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). In addition, the council provides expertise in youth policy and assists the Regional Workforce Investment Board (RWIB) in:

  • Developing and recommending local youth employment and training policy and practice.

  • Broadening the youth employment and training focus in the community to incorporate a youth development perspective.

  • Establishing links with other organizations serving youth in the local area.

  • Factoring the range of issues that can have an impact on the success of youth in the labor market.

Members of the Youth Advisory Council serve two-year terms and represent people with at special interest in youth policy. Members may include individuals from youth service agencies, such as juvenile justice and law enforcement, public housing, parents, former JTPA or WIA participants, and the RWIB.

Current members of the council include:

Tom Lazio, American Home Finding, Ottumwa

Holly Dommer, American Home Finding, Ottumwa

Mary Stewart, Ottumwa

Dan Stroda, Ottumwa Housing Authority, Ottumwa

Richard Stoffa, Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa

Emily Nicholson, Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa

Rick Johnson, River Hills Community Health, Ottumwa

Keri VanDenHeuvel, Sigourney Jr./Sr. High School, Sigourney

Tony Diaz, First Resources Corporation, Ottumwa

Troy Seeley, Juvenile Court Services, Fairfield

Toby Mitchell, Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa

Dave Humberg, Job Corps, Ottumwa

Karen Swanson, Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa



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