Out of School

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) law passed in 2014.  WIOA youth funds are targeted at young people who are both in and out of school to assist them in their career and educational development.  These funds are allocated to the states by the US Department of Labor.  The types of services funded include training and youth development programs for young people who have left school, as well as after school services and employment supports for young people still in school.


Per WIOA, the following 14 program elements are to be provided to youth:

  1. Tutoring

  2. Alternative secondary school

  3. Paid and unpaid work experiences

  4. Occupational skills training

  5. Education concurrently with workforce preparation

  6. Leadership development

  7. Supportive services

  8. Adult mentoring

  9. Follow up services

  10. Guidance counseling

  11. Financial literacy education

  12. Entrepreneurial skills training

  13. Labor market/employment

  14. Post-secondary training

To be eligible for the Out of School Youth Program, a youth must be:

  1. Between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age

  2. Fall within one or more of the following categories:

    1. Disabled

    2. School dropout

    3. Offender

    4. Homeless, runaway, or in foster care

    5. Pregnant or parenting

    6. A low income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment

    7. Have not attended school for a minimum of the most recent complete school year quarter

    8. A high school graduate who is either deficient in basic skills or an English language learner


For more information, please contact:

Bob Coatta, Youth Programs Manager (203) 574-6971 ext. 450

Tracy Giorgio, Youth Assistant and Assessment Specialist (203) 574-6971 ext. 453