WIOA youth funds are targeted at young people both in and out of school. Funds are available to assist with career and education development, work experience and job readiness and attaining and retaining meaningful employment. The Youth One Stop offers the 14 Program Elements required by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act of 2014. These program elements are provided either directly at the Youth One Stop or by one of our many partner organizations and agencies.
14 Available WIOA Program 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 as a component academic and occupational education, which may include (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 shall include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that are aligned with in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area involved
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, which may include community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social and civic behaviors, as appropriate
7. Supportive services (Examples include assistance with transportation or work attire, referrals for housing, health services and/or parenting classes).
8. Adult mentoring for the period of participation and a subsequent period, for a total of not less than 12 months
9. Follow-up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation, as appropriate
10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling and referral, as appropriate
11. Financial literacy education- (Examples include: budgeting, initiating checking/savings accounts, effectively manage spending, debit and credit, how to prevent identity theft and a Career Zone Portfolio).
12. Entrepreneurial skills training (Examples include: gain knowledge of acquiring capital, developing a business plan and accessing small loans and grants).
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
14. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training AND Partnerships & Collaborations. (Working with community partners to provide services necessary for individual to reach their defined goals).