Building Strong Systems

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I: Youth

Updated December 2016

This workforce development initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor seeks to better align the workforce system with education and economic development, creating a collective response to economic and labor market challenges on the national, state, and local levels. 

Title I youth programming targets populations identified as "basic skills deficient":

  • Youth with English reading, writing, or computing skills below the 8th grade level on a generally accepted standardized test
  • Youth or adults unable to compute or solve problems—or read, write, or speak English—at a level necessary to function on the job, in family, or in society
  • Out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 and in-school youth ages 14 to 21, including those living in high-poverty areas, English language learners, and those who have a disability

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA Public Law 113 128) is the authorizing legislation for six “core programs” in the public workforce development system.

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WIOA Title I youth programs could target individual or cohort training services to support participants in secondary and postsecondary career pathways programs.

WIOA youth programs could partner with adult education providers (e.g., WIOA Title II and Adult Education Block Grants) to design education services for the out-of-school youth priority population. 

Title I youth career counselors could partner with career pathway education providers to offer intensive career services for program participants. This could help mitigate non-academic barriers to program completion and support participants toward employment placement and retention.

Local workforce boards could also establish youth advisory boards to engage community members and strengthen programming.

A Roadmap for Joint Regional Planning from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office can help initiatives identify resources, tools, key questions, and regional partners in order to facilitate collaboration around WIOA and the Strong Workforce Program.

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