WIA In School Youth

 Performance Goals

 A.  Placements

 Goal: Every young person enrolled as a client in the In-School Youth Program must be placed into one of the following by the end of their enrollment:

  • Unsubsidized employment.  (This applies only to youth who were not employed as of the date they were enrolled.)
  • Postsecondary education.  (This applies only to youth who were not in postsecondary education as of the date they were enrolled.)
  • Military service.

Every In-School Youth Program client who is not placed in employment, postsecondary education, or military service counts as a negative outcome.

B.  Credentials

Goal:  Every young person who was enrolled in or attending school or training at any time during their WIA In-School Youth Program enrollment must earn the degree, diploma, or certificate that indicates that the training or course of study was successfully completed.

Every In-School Youth Program client who was enrolled in or attending school or training during their WIA enrollment and does not ear a degree, diploma, or certificate counts as a negative outcome.

C.  Eligibility and School Status

To be eligible for WIA services as an In-School Youth, a young person must.

  • Be 16 to 21 years of age.
  • Be attending secondary school as a junior or senior, or be between their junior and senior school terms and intending to return.  (Youth who are attending alternative school are considered In-School Youth.)
  • Meet the low-income requirements defined in WIA. 
  • Have a barrier to employment or entry into post secondary education.

Services Provided to Youth Are:

Leadership Development

Youth workforce programs must include opportunities for youth to explore and understand their career options, make informed decisions, and develop the skills and behaviors that will help them succeed in their educations and careers.

Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences, including Internships and Job Shadowing

Work experience and job shadowing may be used to help young clients develop career goals, understand the working world, and acquire basic workplace skills that will make them more attractive to employers.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing Service - Job shadowing is a service that allows a young client to observe a worker performing all aspects of his/her job for at least one full day, preferably longer.  Job shadowing allows a client to more fully understand the nature of the tasks and working environment of the shadowed job, helping the client make informed career decisions.

Summer Employment

Summer Employment Service - summer employment opportunities may be provided to In-School Youth clients to give them opportunities to explore careers, learn appropriate workplace behaviors, develop skills, and gain exposure to important workplace experiences and real employers.  These opportunities for summer work experience are especially effective when they are linked to the clients academic and occupational interests.

Occupational Skills Training

Occupational Skills Training Service - short-term occupational skills training may be appropriate for those In-School Youth clients who do not intend to pursue postsecondary education.

Supportive Services

Supportive Services may be provided to enrolled In-School Youth clients only when the supportive services are necessary for the youth to participate in WIA youth services.

Tutoring, Study Skills Training, and Instruction Leading to Secondary School Completion

Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction can be used to help In-School Youth succeed in secondary education or GED instruction.

Alternative Secondary School

Alternative secondary schools are primarily an education service option for youth for whom a traditional secondary school setting is inappropriate or ineffective and for some dropouts who are returning to school.  Alternative secondary schools include Adult Education programs that prepare individuals to pass the GED test.

Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Guidance and/or counseling services must be made available to clients who need them.  These services may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling as well as other forms of counseling, as needed.

Adult Mentoring

Adult mentoring provides youth with a one-on-one relationship with an adult in the community.  The activity is intended to help youth improve academic achievement and develop skills, to provide encouragement for youth to carry out career plans, and to provide support and guidance for decision making.

Follow-Up Services

In-School Youth clients must receive at least 12 months of follow-up services after completing the program.

WIA Out of School Youth


The eligibility requirements that a person must meet to qualify for WIA assistance as an Out-of-School Youth client are listed below.  The client:

  • Must be age 18 to 21.  Note - Out-of School Youth ages 16 or 17 may be served only with a written waiver from EKCEP.  Career advisors or contractors must apply for a separate waiver for each individual 16 or 17 year old they wish to serve, including details about the circumstances that make that youth appropriate for the waiver. 
  • Must provide and document the Youth eligibility information on pages 1,3, and 4 of the WIA-20 form.  On page 3, when using item 1-b the family income must not exceed the amounts provided in the table below.

Services Available to an Out of School Youth

  1. Work Readiness Training (WRT) - is training that teaches WIA clients the foundational workplace skills and behaviors that will enable them to obtain and sustain a job.  WRT address clients workplace skills gaps in an array of areas such as but not limited to: workplace principles, communication, teamwork, problem solving, co-worker relationships, and customer service.
  2. Work Experience - is a service that provides WIA clients the opportunity to learn basic work skills and workplace behaviors through a subsidized work placement with an employer.  A work experience placement is a planned, structured learning experience that occurs in a real working environment.  In addition to the opportunity to earn wages while learning valuable skills, this service also provides a client with an opportunity to connect with an employer in the community - an opportunity which can result in unsubsidized employment for the client after the work experience placement ends.
  3. On-The Job Training (OJT) - is skills training provided to new employee by an employer while the employee is engaged in productive work.  OJT is provided under a contract with an employer. Under an OJT contract, the employer provides occupational training for a WIA client who is their employee in exchange for the reimbursement of an approved percentage of the clients wages by WIA.  The wage reimbursement compensates the employer for the extraordinary costs of training and the additional supervision needed during the training process.  OJT contracts are developed by an EKCEP business services coordinator in coordination with the career advisor(s).
  4. Customized Training (CT) - is occupational training that is developed to meet the specific needs of an employer or group of employers.
  5. Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) - is the mechanism by which a client who is not enrolled in on-the-job training or customized training finances his/her training.  WIA funds for an ITA can only be used to pay for training programs that are listed on Kentucky's Eligible Training Provider List or another state's list and are listed on the EKCEP's list of approved training based on occupational sector priorities established by the EKCEP Workforce Investment Board and other related restrictions.

Brian Fields, Coordinator

WIOA Youth Contact Information

Brian Fields
Program Coordinator

Toll-Free: 1-800-633-7651
Local: (606) 439-1362
Office Location:
Perry County JobSight Office Complex
398 Roy Campbell Drive
Hazard, KY 41701
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST