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WIOA Youth Programs

Funding for Michigan Works! Youth Programs is provided by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

WIOA - Youth – WIOA youth programs are designed to assist economically disadvantaged in-school and out-of-school youth ages 14-21 in early intervention preparing them for the world of work and/or education. Comprehensive services may include career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a  good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.


Services that may be available:

  • Dropout prevention
  • Re-enrollment in high school
  • Alternative school/services
  • Credit recovery
  • Jobs for Michigan's Graduates - a state affiliate of the national Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) that is committed to helping Michigan resolve dropout and transition challenges by supporting new, and expanding local programs that help young people who are at greatest risk in overcoming barriers to graduation from high school
  • GED prep courses and testing
  • Adult education
  • Leadership development
  • Job preparation assistance
  • Skills training for employability
  • Paid work experience
  • Transportation assistance
  • College/career development counseling
  • Employer/occupational Talent Tours
  • Scholarship/financial aid application assistance
  • Business and industry tours
  • Adult mentoring

Eligibility
Local service providers will determine which program elements you will participate in through an assessment of your skills and needs. To receive youth services, you must be between ages 14-21, low-income and possess at least one of the following barriers:

  • Deficient in basic literacy skills
  • School dropout
  • Homeless, runaway, or foster child
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Offender, or
  • Have a disability that requires additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment.