Afterschool Funding Database

Funding Details

Program Name:
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Activities

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WIA youth activity grants are designed, with states and local communities, to promote a revitalized workforce investment system that provides workers with the information, advice, job search assistance, and training they need to get and keep good jobs and provide employers with skilled workers. The funds help low-income youth between the ages of 14 and 21 acquire the educational and occupational skills, training and support needed to achieve academic and employment success and successfully transition to careers and productive adulthood.

Funds are used for basic and remedial education, work experience and training programs, mentoring programs, support services such as transportation, and academic enrichment activities to develop leadership, decision-making and citizenship skills. To be eligible, youth must be 14 to 21 years of age, low-income, and face at least one of the following barriers to employment: deficiency in basic literacy skills, a school dropout, homeless, a runaway, a foster child, pregnant or a parent, an offender, or require additional assistance to complete their education or secure and hold employment. At least 30 percent of local youth funds must help those who are not in school. Youth initiatives can use funds to support a wide range of skill building activities, including education and employment training, mentoring, leadership development, community service, and the coordination of the workforce investment system for youth.

State workforce agencies are eligible to apply for funds. Governors then designate local workforce investment areas and oversee local workforce investment boards. Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) must establish youth councils to oversee the youth

Matching Requirements:
There are no matching requirements.

Potential Partners:

Private businesses; labor organizations; community-based organizations; local and state departments of education, health, and human services; Job Corps centers; local educational agencies; state agriculture agencies

Average Grant Size:
There is no established range; grant awards are based on formula allocation.

Level of Difficulty:
Most Difficult

Resource Links:
Issue Brief - An In-Depth Look Afterschool: A Natural Platform for Career Development

Issue Brief - Afterschool Programs: Helping Kids Compete in Tomorrow's Workforce

Application Process:
Under Title I, Sections 112 and 126 of WIA identifies the governor as the recipient of youth training activities funds. For a state to be eligible to receive youth funds, the governor of the state will submit to the secretary for consideration by the secretary, a single state plan that outlines a 5-year strategy for the statewide workforce investment system.

Flow of Funds:
Youth activity funds are allotted by statutory formula to states. Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and their youth councils oversee the distribution of WIA funding to service providers, which can be community-based and not-for-profit organizations, local public agencies and other entities.

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