The Purpose of the YouthStart Program is to provide workforce investment activities to increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants and increase occupational skill attainment by participants resulting in an improved quality workforce, reduction in welfare dependency, and enhanced productivity and competitiveness in the region. YouthStart is funded by the Workforce Investment Act through a contractual arrangement with Lumber River Council of Governments.
Planning Approach/Design Framework
The intent of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is to move away from one-time, short-term interventions for youth and towards a systematic approach that offers youth a comprehensive set of service strategies and a closer link to the labor market. In addition, the Act requires connections between youth programs and the One-Stop system providing information on the full array of appropriate services that are available to youth.
Who can participate?
Must be enrolled in
a secondary educational program
Ten Program Elements
Tutoring, study skills training and instruction, leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies.
Alternative secondary school services as appropriate.
Summer employment opportunities that are directly linked to academic and occupational learning.
Paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing.
Leadership development opportunities, which may include community, service and peer centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behavior during non-school hours, as appropriate.
Adult mentoring for the period of participation and a subsequent period for a total of no less than 12 months.
Follow-up services for no less than 12 months after the completion of participation as appropriate.
Comprehensive guidance and counseling which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling and referral as appropriate.
Occupational Skills Training
We promote positive social behaviors through: