The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education (Departments) released a technical assistance document that provides strategies and examples of State and local partnerships that facilitate the reengagement of out-of-school youth. This document may be distributed among all potential partners that serve youth and young adults.
With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Congress shifted the primary focus of the title I youth formula program to support the educational and career success of out-of-school youth (OSY). A minimum of 75 percent of WIOA title I youth formula funds must be spent on OSY. With an estimated 5.5 million 16- to 24-year-olds in this country not employed or in school, the WIOA title I youth program will provide a much-needed continuum of services to help disconnected youth navigate back into the educational and workforce systems. WIOA also places a strong focus on work experience and links services to the attainment of secondary school diplomas, high school equivalencies, or occupational credentials, and entry into postsecondary education or employment. In order to help youth attain these goals, the WIOA youth program provides all youth a menu of 14 program elements and, from these, youth receive those services that align with their individual goals.