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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program

The WIOA Youth program improves the quality of the workforce and enhances the productivity and competitiveness of Alaska’s workforce by preparing eligible youth for unsubsidized employment opportunities, placement into post-secondary education and training, and connections to employers for work in priority industries.

Under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, formula funds are provided to states and outlying areas, states in turn provide local workforce areas resources to deliver a comprehensive array of youth services that focus on assisting out-of-school youth and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities, attain educational and/or skills training credentials, and secure employment with career/promotional opportunities.

Read the Youth Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Fact Sheet for more information.

Basic Program Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for WIOA Title I Youth program an individual must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen or Registered Alien;
  • Low Income (only for youth in-school and high school graduates);
  • Between the ages of 14 and 24 at the time of enrollment;
  • Meet Selective Service Registration requirements; and
  • Experiencing one or more of the WIOA Youth defined barriers to employment or education

For more detailed eligibility information, access the WIOA Youth Eligibility Policy

Available Program Services

  1. Tutoring and study skills
  2. Alternative high school services
  3. Summer youth employment
  4. Paid and unpaid work experience
  5. Occupational skills training
  6. Leadership development
  7. Adult mentoring
  8. Supportive services
  9. Follow-up services
  10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  11. Financial literacy education
  12. Entrepreneurial skills training
  13. Career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration
  14. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training
  15. Suicide prevention activities