WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT PROGRAM (WIOA)

YOUTH PROGRAM

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The C.E.F.S. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program is designed to help young people overcome obstacles that keep them from completing their education and employment goals.

The Youth Program focuses on assisting out-of-school and in-school youth prepare for employment and postsecondary education opportunities; attain educational and/or skills training credentials; and secure employment with career/promotional opportunities.

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General Eligibility Requirements

  • Resident of one of these Illinois counties: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, Moultrie, or Richland

  • US citizen

  • Compliant with Selective Service Requirements

Program Objectives

While enrolled in the Youth Training and Education Program, each participant will be expected to achieve the following:

  • Attain a high school diploma, GED, or other credential

  • Create a resume

  • Increase basic skills in reading and math

  • Secure employment or attend post secondary education/training

  • Maintain monthly contact with Career Planner during enrollment

  • Maintain contact with the program for 12 months following completion

Services provided

  • Paid work experience

  • Tuition assistance for occupational training in an approved program

  • GED attainment

  • Job search assistance

  • Resume development

  • Leadership skills

  • Job readiness training

  • Supportive services such as transportation, child care, tools, uniforms, etc

Eligibility for In-School Youth

  • Meet general requirements and be 14 - 21 years of age

  • Attending school

  • Low-income and any one of the following:

    • Homeless or runaway

    • Parent or pregnant

    • In or aged out of foster care

    • Subject to the justice system

    • Disabled

    • Low reading and math skills

    • Need assistance to complete an educational program

    • English language learner

Eligibility for Out-of-School Youth

  • Meet general requirements and be 16 - 24 years of age

  • Not attending any school and any one of the following:

    • Drop-out

    • Not attending any school in the last calendar quarter

    • Homeless or runaway

    • Parent or pregnant

    • In or aged out of foster care

    • Subject to the justice system

    • Disabled

    • If high school graduate, must be low-income and have low reading and math skills

    • Low-income needing assistance to complete an educational program or secure employment

To apply, click the button to print your application or call one of our local offices!

Illinois workNet Centers and Satellite Offices

Coles County

109 N. 16th St.
Mattoon, IL 61938
(217) 279-0371

Crawford County

102 West Main St.
Robinson IL 62454
(618) 544-3858

Effingham County

2311 Hoffman Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
(217) 347-2102

(217) 240-3078

(217) 240-3079

Fayette County

517 W Gallatin Street
Vandalia IL 62471
(618) 283-2780

Lawrence County

700 State Street
Lawrenceville IL 62439
(618) 943-4442

Marion County

KC Crisp Technology Center
2005 East McCord Street
Centralia, IL 62801
(618) 545-3252

Richland County

Olney Central College
305 N West Street Room 208A
Olney, IL 62450
(618) 392-7777

For more information, email us at cefs@cefseoc.org

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