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Youth Programs

Youth are an important part of our workforce pipeline that businesses rely on to fill their job vacancies.

Michigan Works! and its partners provide year-round programs that combine employment and training activities with opportunities for you to learn how to maintain positive relationships, find opportunities to give back to your community, and develop leadership qualities that will help you succeed no matter what career path you choose. Access to a full range of services and community resources will help lead you to academic and employment success.

Programs connect students, parents, and educators with information about high-demand careers and training programs with a focus on building awareness of shorter-term credentials, associate’s degrees, and apprenticeships where there is documented employer demand.

A comprehensive range of resources are available to help our area's youth complete the necessary steps to improve their education and skill competencies, and to better prepare for successful employment.

WIOA Youth Programs

With the WIOA Youth Programs, an individual plan of services is developed for each youth to meet their unique needs for education and/or career goals. 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. Strategies used vary depending on the needs of the individual. 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.

Michigan Works! Youth Program funding is provided by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

Services that may be available:

  • Dropout prevention
  • Re-enrollment in high school
  • Alternative school/services
  • Credit recovery
  • Jobs for Michigan's Graduates
  • 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

Local service providers will determine which program elements youth will participate in through an assessment of their skills and needs. To receive youth services, individuals must 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.

Additional Resources

Online Tools for Learning

  • Homework Help - useful links for students and parents
  • KHAN Academy - start learning about anything, online, for free; "work on skills you choose at your own pace"
  • MeL - Search for books, articles and more on Michigan's eLibrary
  • Michigan Education Portal - provides courses that lead to college credit. Information regarding finishing high school and/or earning your GED
  • GED - Learn all about the GED in Michigan

Post-secondary Education, College