• Description

These slides were presented at our 2016 national conference, A Nation That Works: What's It Going to Take? The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act shifts the focus of youth employment funding toward prioritizing out-of-school youth and young adults. WIOA requires that 75% of funds be spent on older and out of school youth, compared with 30% under its predecessor the Workforce Investment Act. This shift will require a change in the types of employment services available—older and out-of-school youth face more barriers to employment than in-school youth such as low educations attainment, justice system involvement, exposure to violence, and unstable housing. This session will describe ways in which youth employment services can be modified to better suit the needs of these more vulnerable youth, based on the lessons of successful summer jobs and transitional jobs programs.