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INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONGOING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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What is the WIOA Youth Program?

Title I of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) affirms the Department of Labor's (DOL) commitment to providing high-quality services for youth beginning with career exploration and guidance; continuing support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway, enrollment in postsecondary education, or a Registered Apprenticeship.

Who does WIOA Youth Serve?

WIOA Youth serves eligible participants who are 14-24 years of age facing specific barriers to employment or school completion. WIOA places a priority on serving out-of-school youth by providing work-based experience and improving services to youth with disabilities. WIOA promotes career pathways, increased attainment of recognized credentials and post-secondary certificates or degrees. Youth must meet eligibility requirements to participate in the WIOA Title I Youth Program.

Southeast

Eligible Youth Provider Address Counties Phone Number Website
Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN 37411 Hamilton (423) 894-5354 www.secareercenter.org
  410 N Congress Parkway, Athens, TN 37403 McMinn, Meigs (423) 745-2028 www.secareercenter.org
  3535 Adkisson Drive, Technology Building - Room 130, Cleveland, TN 37311 Bradley, Polk (423) 790-5552 www.secareercenter.org
  200 4th Avenue, Dayton, TN 37421 Rhea, Bledsoe (423) 570-1107 www.secareercenter.org
  426 Battle Creek Road, South Pittsburg, TN 37380 Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie (423) 837-9103 www.secareercenter.org

Northeast

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) 128 Serral Drive, Greeneville, TN 37745 Greene (423) 588-5600 www.netajc.org
  201 S. Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650 Unicoi (423) 735-5773 www.netajc.org
  386 Hwy 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643 Johnson (423) 460-1566 www.netajc.org
  222 W. Main St, Mountain City, TN 37683 Washington (423) 610-0222 www.netajc.org
  1140 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37664 Sullivan (423) 246-5985 www.netajc.org
  1861 Main Street Sneedville, TN 37869 Hancock (423) 973-5016 www.netajc.org
  3815 Hwy 66 Suite 4, Rogersville, TN 37857 Hawkins (423) 293-3775 www.netajc.org

East

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency 136 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Anderson (865) 483-7474 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1016 Main Street, Jacksboro, TN 37757 Campbell (423) 566-3300 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1325 Claiborne Street, Tazewell, TN 37879 Claiborne (423) 526-5508 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  215 S. Liberty Hill Rd, Morristown, TN 37813 Hamblen (423) 317-1073 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  2700 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921 Knox (865) 594-6003 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  100 W. Broadway Suite 141, Lenior City, TN 37771 Loudon (865) 312-7735 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  155 Grand Vista #4, Vonore, TN 37885 Monroe (423) 884-2400 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1111 Knoxville Hwy, Wartburg, TN 37887 Morgan (423) 346-3060 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1082 North Gateway Ave, Rockwood, TN Roane (865) 376-3082 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  180 Eli Lane, Oneida, TN 37841 Scott (423) 569-9348 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1216 Graduate Drive, Sevierville, TN 37862 Sevier (865) 286-6385 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can

Southern Middle

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
South Central Human Resource Agency 301 Colloredo Blvd Suite A, Shelbyville, TN 37160 Bedford (931) 735-6891 http://www.schra.us/
  111 E. Lincoln St. Tullahoma, TN 37388 Coffee (931) 454-1905 http://www.schra.us/
  825 Dinah Shore Blvd, Winchester, TN 37398 Franklin (931) 313-5209 http://www.schra.us/
  125 South Cedar Lane, Pulaski, TN 38464 Giles (931) 363-9550 http://www.schra.us/
  702 Mahr Ave., Lawrenceburg, TN 38464 Lawrence (931) 766-1405 http://www.schra.us/
  25 Smith Ave., Hohenwald, TN 38462 Lewis (931) 295-3225 http://www.schra.us/
  1437 Winchester Hwy., Fayetteville, TN 37334 Lincoln (931) 433-7182 http://www.schra.us/
  1572 Old Columbia Rd., Lewisburg, TN 37091 Marshall (931) 359-6393 http://www.schra.us/
  119 Nashville Hwy Suite 106, Columbia, TN 38401 Maury (931) 490-3800 http://www.schra.us/

Northern Middle

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Mid Cumberland Human Resource 384 South Main Street, Ashland City, TN 37105 Cheatham (615) 792-2520 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243 Davidson (615) 253-8920 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  250 Beasley Drive, Dickson, TN 37055 Dickson (615) 446-0229 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  115 Front Street, Erin, TN 37061 Houston (931) 289-4127 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  711 Holly Lane, Waverly, TN 37185 Humphreys (931) 296-5872 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  523 Madison Street, Ste B, Clarksville, TN Montgomery (931) 648-5530 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  299 10th Avenue East, Springfield, TN 37172 Robertson (615) 384-1097 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1313 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford (615) 898-8081 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1356 Donelson Pkwy, Dover, TN 37058 Stewart (931) 232-5035 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1598 Green Lea Blvd, Gallatin, TN 37066 Sumner (615) 451-5800 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  118 Seaboard Ln Ste 100, Franklin, TN 37067 Williamson (615) 370-6004 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  418 Harding Drive,  Lebanon, TN 37087 Wilson (615) 444-9355 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can

Upper Cumberland

Eligible Youth Provider Address Counties Phone Number Website
Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency 1000 England Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501 Putnam, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, DeKalb (931) 520-6020 http://www.ucwork.org
  607 TN-52 Bypass, Lafayette, TN 37083 Macon, Smith, Clay (615) 666-3377 http://www.ucwork.org
  60 Ridley Street, Crossville, TN 38555 Cumberland, Fentress (931) 260-5406 http://www.ucwork.org
  110 S Court Square, McMinnville, TN 37110 Warren, Cannon, Van Buren (931) 474-2054 http://www.ucwork.org

Southwest

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency 269 N Church St., Henderson, TN 38340 Chester (731) 343-8630 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  2039 Hwy 641 S, Parsons, TN 38363 Decatur (731) 225-2401 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  793-A Tennessee St., Bolivar, TN 38008 Hardeman (731) 658-4073 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1080 Wayne Rd., Savannah, TN 38372 Hardin (731) 926-9665 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1151 Tammbell St., Brownsville, TN 38012 Haywood (731) 772-0603 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  340 Natchez Trace Dr., Lexington, TN38351 Henderson (731) 968-0276 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1124 Whitehall St, Suite E, Jackson, TN 38301 Madison (731) 660-8189 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  701B Industrial Park Dr., Selmer, TN 38375 McNairy (731) 414-1242 http://www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can

Northwest

Eligible Youth Address County Phone Number Website
Dyersburg State Community College 331 South Bells St., Alamo, TN 38001 Crockett (731) 696-2530 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  145 Hospital Dr., Camden, TN 38320 Benton (731) 584-1711 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  313 West Cedar St., Dyersburg, TN 38024 Dyer (731) 286-7700 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  55 Jones Bend Road Ext., Paris, TN 38242 Henry (731) 641-1020 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  470 Mustang Dr., Huntingdon, TN 38344 Carroll (731) 352-8898 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  229 Church St., Tiptonville, TN 38079 Lake (731) 253-8171 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  116 W. Main St., Dresden, TN 38225 Weakley (731) 364-0100 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  204 South 2nd St., Union City, TN 38261 Obion (731) 884-3868 http://www.nwtnjobs.org
  1751 E Main St., Humbolt, TN 38343 Gibson (731) 784-5221 http://www.nwtnjobs.org

Greater Memphis

Eligible Youth Provider Address Counties Phone Number Website
Community L.I.F.T. - The Collective 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 434 Memphis, TN 38104 Shelby (901) 248-4788 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
Ross Innovative Employment Solutions 155 Angelus, Memphis, TN 38104 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale   http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  3040 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38111 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale   http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  301-C Lake Drive, Ripley, TN 38063 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale   http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  877 C Hwy. 51 N, Covington, TN 38019 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale   http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  4240 Hickory Hill, Memphis, TN 38141 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale   http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  6250 US Hwy. 64 #8, Oakland, TN 38060 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale   http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
Shelby County Schools Division of Alternative Education 995 S. Lauderdale; Memphis, TN 38126 Shelby (901) 416-2200 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  1591 Pennsylvania St; Memphis, TN 38109 Shelby (901) 416-7594 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  1266 Poplar Ave; Memphis, TN 38104 Shelby (901) 416-4400 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
Communities in School Melrose High School
(2870 Deadrick Ave.; Memphis, TN 38114)
Shelby (901) 416-5974 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  Manassas High School
(1111 N. Manassas St., Memphis, TN 38107)
Shelby (901) 416-3244 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  Raleigh Egypt High School
(3970 Voltaire Ave, Memphis, TN 38128)
Shelby (901) 416-4108 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  Trezevant High School
(3350 N, Trezevant St., Memphis, TN 38127)
Shelby (901) 416-3760 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  Hamilton High School
(1363 E. Person Ave., Memphis, TN 38106)
Shelby (901) 416-7838 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  Oakhaven High School
(3125 Ladbrook Rd, Memphis, TN 38118)
Shelby (901) 416-2300 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  Woodale High School
(5151 Scottsdale Ave., Memphis, TN 38118)
Shelby (901) 416-2440 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
  Sheffield High School
(4315 Sheffield Ave, Memphis, TN 38118)
Shelby (901) 416-2370 http://www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com

Who is an eligible Youth under WIOA?

In-School Youth (ISY) and Out-of-School (OSY) are eligible for WIOA Youth program.

ISY must be:

a. 14-21 years of age
b. Attending secondary or post-secondary school
c. Low-income

OSY must be:

a. 16-24 years of age
b. Not attending secondary or post-secondary school

And one or more of the following:

  1. Basic skills deficient*
  2. An English language learner*
  3. An offender (any touch point with the justice system)
  4. Homeless
  5. An individual in foster care or aged out of foster care
  6. Pregnant or parenting
  7. Individual with a disability
  8.  A school dropout
  9. Within age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended for at least the most recent complete school year*
  10. Requires additional assistance to complete an education program or to secure or hold employment*

*Basic skills deficient and English language learner: An OSY youth must also be a recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and a low-income individual.
* Requires additional assistance: An OSY youth must also be low-income and meet the requirements for barrier set by the local area. 
*Compulsory school attendance: School year calendar quarter is based on how a local school district defines school year quarters.


Success Stories


Services Provided

  • Paid and unpaid work experience, which may include the following types of work experiences:
    • Summer employment opportunities and other employment opportunities throughout the year
    • Pre-apprenticeship programs
    • Internships and job shadowing
    • On-the-job training opportunities
  • Tutoring, study skills training, and dropout prevention
  • Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services
  • Occupational skill training, which leads to recognized post-secondary credentials that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area involved.
  • Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Supportive Services (Linkages to community services, transportation assistance, legal aid services, etc.)
  • Adult mentoring
  • Follow up services
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling (which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling)
  • Financial Literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services
  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training.

Service activities are based on the 14 programs required under WIOA

For more information or participate in any of these services, visit your local American Job Center.

YouthBuild

YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24. Youth learn construction skills while constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other postsecondary training opportunities. YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement.

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, juniors and seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences. 

For more information on WBL click here