Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation's workers and
WIOA retains the nationwide system of one-stop centers, which directly provide an array of employment services and connect customers to work-related training and education. WIOA furthers a
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WIOA REFORMS FOR THE YOUTH PROGRAM
WIOA outlines a broader youth vision that supports an integrated service delivery system and gives a framework through which states and local areas can leverage other Federal, State, Local, and philanthropic resources to support in-school and out-of-school youth. WIOA affirms the Department's commitment to providing
* WIOA requires a minimum of 75 percent of State and Local youth funding to be used for out-of-school youth.
* Youth Councils no longer required; however, Local Boards are encouraged to designate a standing Youth Committee, including an existing Youth Council, to contribute a critical youth voice and perspective.
Changes to Youth Eligibility
Out-of-school youth must be aged 17 to 24, not attending any school, and meet one or more additional conditions, which could include:
School dropout; within age of compulsory attendance but has not attended for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter; holds a secondary school diploma or recognized equivalent and is low-income and is basic skills deficient or an English language learner; subject to the juvenile or adult justice system; homeless, runaway, in foster care or aged out of the foster care system, eligible for assistance under Section 477, Social Security Act, or in out-of-home placement; pregnant or parenting; an individual with a disability; low income person who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment.
In-school youth must be aged 17 to 21, attending school, low income, and meet one or more additional conditions, which could include:
Basic skills deficient; English language learner; an offender; homeless, runaway, in foster care or aged out of the foster care system; pregnant or parenting; an individual with a disability;
Five new Youth Program elements
(1) Financial Literacy; (2) Entrepreneurial skills training; (3) Services that provide labor market and employment information in the local area; (4) Activities that help youth transition to postsecondary education and training; (5) Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster
Emphasis on Work-Experience
At least 20 percent of local Youth formula funds must be used for work experiences, such as summer and year-round employment, pre-apprenticeship, on-the-job training, or internships and job shadowing