WIA Youth Formula-Funded Grants
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 enacted a formula-funded youth program serving eligible low-income youth, ages 14-21, who face barriers to employment. Funds for youth services are allocated to state and local areas based on a formula distribution. Service strategies, developed by workforce providers, prepare youth for employment and/or post-secondary education through strong linkages between academic and occupational learning. Local communities provide youth activities and services in partnership with the WIA One-Stop Career Center System and under the direction of local Workforce Investment Boards. To find the nearest One-Stop Career Center, visit: http://www.servicelocator.org/. To view a detailed program description click here.
For information about statewide cross agency collaboration visit the Solutions Desk.
Youth Competitive Grants
Competitive grants are aimed at specific populations of at-risk youth, such as young offenders, and youth living in high-poverty areas. To view the list of youth discretionary grants
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Participant Grievances and Complaints
Summer Jobs Initiative
On January 5, 2012, the White House announced Summer Jobs+, a new call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012. The President proposed $1.5 billion for high-impact summer jobs and year-round employment for low-income youth ages 16-24 in the American Jobs Act as part of the Pathways Back to Work fund. When Congress failed to act, the Federal government and private sector came together to commit to creating nearly 180,000 employment opportunities for low-income youth in the summer of 2012, with a goal of reaching 250,000 employment opportunities by the start of summer, at least 100,000 of which will be placements in paid jobs and internships. Visit Summer Jobs+ for additional information.
WIA Youth Program Reference Tool WIA Youth Reference Tool Power Point
Release of New ETA Youth Advisories -
TEGL 5-12: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program Guidance for Program Year (PY) 2012
TEN 46-11: Announcement of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program Reference Tool
TEN 48-11: Announcement of Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success Curriculum
TEN 45-11: Partnering to Create or Expand Summer Youth Employment Opportunities on Public Lands
TEN 35-11: Opportunities for the Workforce System to Support the Summer Jobs + Initiative
TEGL 18-11: Improving Literacy and Numeracy Gains of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program Participants