WIOA Youth Program


Preparing Our Youth for Career Opportunities with Comprehensive Training and Services

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 enacted a comprehensive youth employment program for serving eligible youth, ages 14-24, who face barriers to education, training, and employment.


Program Details

This program prepares youth for post-secondary education and employment opportunities, helps them attain educational and/or skills training credentials, and provides career opportunities.

Equal Opportunity Employment is the law. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

National Youth Employment Coalition report on Youth mental health needs

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Program Features

  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to secondary school completion, including dropout prevention strategies
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing
  • Financial literacy
  • Leadership development opportunities such community service and peer-centered activities
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol counseling and referral
  • Activities that prepare youth to transition to post-secondary education and training

Eligibility Requirements

Youth applicants must:

  • Not be attending any school (as defined by State law);
  • Not be younger than age 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment (NOTE: Age eligibility is based on age upon enrollment. Participants may continue to receive services beyond the age of 24 once they are enrolled in the program.)

and have one or more of the following barriers:

  • Be a school dropout
  • Be a youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but as not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter
  • Be a recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low income individual and is either basic skills deficient or an English language learner
  • Be/have been an offender
  • Be a homeless individual or a runaway
  • Be an individual in foster care or who has aged out of the foster care system or who has attained 16 years of age and left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, a child eligible for assistance under sec. 477 of the Social Security Ave (42 U.S.C. 677) or in an out of home placement
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Living with a disability
  • Be a low income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment

Meet the Team


Jalil Shabazz


Manager of Youth Programs

203-574-6971 ext. 466

Steve Gray



203-574-6971 ext. 464

Additional Resources

Apprenticeship CT Initiative

The Apprenticeship Connecticut Initiative (ACI) develops programs for training qualified youth and entry-level workers for job placement with employers experiencing sustained workforce shortages.

 Learn More About ACI

NCCC Team Success Scholars

Team Success Scholars is a NRWIB Out of School program hosted by Northwestern CT Community College. 

Students attend an overnight team building and leadership retreat, where activities challenge the group to think as a team, to support peer leadership efforts, and to challenge each individual to go beyond their comfort zone. Activities such as a high ropes course, giant swing, zip lining, a web wall, and canoeing challenges require students to engage in problem-solving, decision making, responsibility, cooperation, while exploring self-discovery. The results are immediate and measurable.

These students are easily identifiable on the NCCC campus as confident, connected, engaged leaders on campus as club members, ambassadors, volunteers, and student workers, as well as off campus in internships, conferences, and community service projects. 

This early engagement on campus and in the community is pivotal in retaining the student through graduation, enriching the academic experience while transitioning them toward professional success.

Learn more about NCCC Team Success Scholars by filling out the form below.

NVCC Workforce Achievers Value Education (WAVE)

Workforce Achievers Value Education (WAVE) is an Out of School program funded through the Workforce Innovation in Opportunity Act and NRWIB. Hosted by Naugatuck Valley Community College, WAVE is designed to build student’s academic skills while developing each individual’s personal emotional quotient. 

Through academic, financial and personal support, WAVE students learn about a holistic approach to life. The goal of the WAVE program is to enable our students to get along successfully in the real world while encouraging them to further their education and earn their Associate’s Degree. WAVE students are involved both on campus and in the community.  

To date, 14 students from the WAVE have been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and 8 students into the Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society. More than half of the students who graduate with their Associate’s degree go on to four-year colleges or universities. Many of the students are offered merit or academic scholarships along with financial aid.

The Wave Program - NRWIB 2022 from NW Regional Workforce Board on Vimeo.


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