The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program seeks to assist eligible youth in achieving academic and employment success.
The WIA Youth Program offers employability skills development (writing resumes, filling out job applications, improving interviewing skills), paid/unpaid work experience (internships, gaining on-the-job skills, experience, and references to prepare for future employment opportunities), GED/high school diploma preparation, assistance with GED class and test payment and incentives for completing activities and achieving goals.
Employability skills development
- Learn how to write a resume, fill out job applications and improve interviewing skills
Paid and unpaid work experience
- Gain employability and technical skills on the job.
- Gain experience and valuable references to build your resume and prepare for the future.
Improve educational achievement
- WIA can assist with basic skills remediation and instruction leading to secondary school completion.
Supportive services include transportation costs, equipment, supplies, tools and incentives for completing activities and achieving goals.
The WIA Youth Program consists of ten program elements.
Year-round commitment is expected.
- Tutoring, study skills training, dropout prevention strategies
- Alternative secondary school offerings
- Summer employment opportunities linked to academic and occupational learning.
- Paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing
- Occupational skill training
- Leadership development opportunities
- Supportive services
- Follow-up services
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling
To be eligible for assistance through WIA YOUTH SERVICES, you must meet the following requirements:
- U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.
- Between the ages of 16 – 21
- Member of a low-income family or an individual who is a low-income youth with a disability
- Have one or more of the following barriers: A school dropout; Deficient in basic literacy skills; Homeless, runaway, or foster child; Pregnant or parenting; An offender; Requires additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment.
Please bring the following documents when you meet with a WIA Youth Career Developer:
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Photo ID
- Proof of household income for the last 6 months or proof of food stamps and/or cash assistance
- Males over the age of 18, born on or after January 1, 1960, must be registered with the Selective Service at www.sss.gov
Some of our current and past exciting youth training programs include:
Giving Children Hope and Skills for the 21st Century is a parent’s handbook on the future world of work. It was written by Susan M. Quattrociocchi, Ph.D., and Barbara Peterson, M.A. If you would like to receive a hard copy of this booklet, please contact the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics, at (850) 245-7205. You may click on the book title above to view an electronic version.
Project YouthBuild targets out of school youth between the ages of 18-22 that lack a high school diploma/GED and would like assistance attaining educational, occupational and leadership skills enabling them to become economically self-sufficient. The program engages young people by offering an alternative to the traditional school. Fifty percent of time is spent in educational pursuits — project-based activities targeted at increasing skills for obtaining a GED. Forty percent of the time is spent in construction/job skills training, and ten percent is spent in leadership development.
For more information about YouthBuild click here.
Alachua Greenbuild is an exciting program within Alachua County that provides youth with the opportunities to learn and work inside the Green construction industry. The Greenbuild program is supported by the foundation set forth in the Alachua YouthBuild project and provides the needed skills training for Green jobs in the construction and retrofit industries.