The Workforce Investment Act’s intent is to offer youth a
wide range of services through coordination of many programs. These
services include assistance in academic and occupational learning, leadership
skills, higher education, additional training and eventual employment.
The services are provided through local workforce
investment programs based on the needs of that community. The local workforce
investment area oversees and support these youth programs and coordination
with other services operators.
Ten program services that
will be available to youth participants who need them are:
Tutoring, study skills
training and assistance in completing secondary school, including dropout
Alternative secondary school
employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational
unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing
services, such as transportation, child-care, etc.
mentoring for twelve months
Comprehensive guidance and counseling
To be eligible to receive
services through the Workforce Investment Act, you must meet the following
age 14 through
21 and low income, and within one or more of the following categories:
the minimum basic literacy skills level
runaway, or foster child
individual (including a youth with a disability) who requires additional
assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold
Up to five percent of youth participants serviced by youth programs in a local
area may be individuals who are not low income, but who meet one of the above
categories or an additional category determined by the local area.