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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
Educational Data Systems, Inc. 5600 Brainerd Rd, Suite A-5, Chattanooga, TN 37411 Hamilton (423) 894-5354 www.secareercenter.org
  410 N Congress Pkwy, Athens, TN 37403 McMinn, Meigs (423) 745-2028 www.secareercenter.org
  200 4th Ave, Dayton, TN 37421 Rhea, Bledsoe (423) 570-1107 www.secareercenter.org
  426 Battle Creek Rd, South Pittsburg, TN 37380 Marion, Sequatchie (423) 837-9103 www.secareercenter.org
 

14399 Hwy 41, Tracy City TN 37380

Grundy

(931) 592-0883

www.secareercenter.org
 

2373 Parker St NE Unit 209, Cleveland, TN 37311

Bradley, Polk

(423) 790-5552

www.secareercenter.org

Northeast

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
ETSU Center for Community Outreach 1276 Gilbreath Dr, Johnson City, TN 37614 Washington (423) 439-1000 www.etsu.edu/research/outreach
 

128 Serral Dr, Greeneville, TN 37745

Greene

(423) 588-5600

 
 

631 Sinasta Dr, Suite 6, Erwin, TN 37650

Unicoi (423) 735-5773  
 

222 W. Main St, PO Box 915, Mountain City, TN 37683

Johnson (423) 460-1566  
 

2515 Wesley St, Johnson City, TN 37601

Washington (423) 610-0222  
  1140 East Center St, Kingsport, TN 37664 Sullivan (423) 246-5985  
  1861 Main St, Sneedville, TN 37869 Hancock (423) 973-5016  
 

107 E. Main St, Suite 100 Rogersville, TN 37857

Hawkins (423) 293-3775  
 

1500 Arney St, Bldg #1, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Carter

(423) 547-7515

 

East

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency 136 S. Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Anderson (865) 483-7474 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1016 Main St, Jacksboro, TN 37757 Campbell (423) 566-3300 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1325 Claiborne St, Tazewell, TN 37879 Claiborne (423) 526-5508 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  215 S. Liberty Hill Rd, Morristown, TN 37813 Hamblen (423) 317-1073 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  2700 Middlebrook Pk, Knoxville, TN 37921 Knox (865) 594-6003 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  155 Grand Vista #4, Vonore, TN 37885 Monroe (423) 884-2400 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1111 Knoxville Hwy, Wartburg, TN 37887 Morgan (423) 346-3060 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1082 North Gateway Ave, Rockwood, TN Roane (865) 376-3082 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  180 Eli Ln, Oneida, TN 37841 Scott (423) 569-9348 www.mc-workforceservices.com/youth-can
  1216 Graduate Dr, Sevierville, TN 37862 Sevier (865) 286-6385 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 www.schra.us
  315 NW Atlantic St, Tullahoma, TN 37388 Coffee (931) 454-1905 www.schra.us
  Franklin County AJC, SCHRA, 825 Dinah Shore Blvd, Winchester, TN 37398 Franklin (931) 313-5209 www.schra.us
  Giles County AJC, 125 South Cedar Ln, Pulaski, TN 38478 Giles (931) 363-9550 www.schra.us
  Lawrence County AJC, 702 Mahr Ave, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464 Lawrence (931) 766-1405 www.schra.us
  Lewis County AJC, 25 Smith Ave, Hohenwald, TN 38462 Lewis (931) 295-3225 www.schra.us
  Lincoln County AJC, 1437 Winchester Hwy, Fayetteville, TN 37334 Lincoln (931) 433-7182 www.schra.us
  Marshall County AJC, 1794 Mooresville Hwy, Lewisburg, TN 37091 Marshall (931) 422-2338 www.schra.us
  Maury County AJC, 119 Nashville Hwy, Suite 106, Columbia, TN 38401 Maury (931) 490-3800 www.schra.us
  Moore County AJC, 241 Main St, Lynchburg, TN 37352 Moore (931) 759-5154 www.schra.us
  Hickman County AJC, 101 College St, Centerville, TN 37033 Hickman (931) 716-1301 www.schra.us
  Perry County AJC, 100 Poplar St, Linden, TN 37096 Perry (931) 589-0032 www.schra.us
  Wayne County AJC, 525 B Hwy, 64 East, Waynesboro, TN 38485 Wayne (931) 722-2581 www.schra.us

Northern Middle

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 384 South Main St, Ashland City, TN 37105 Cheatham (615) 792-2520 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/american-job-center-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs-cheatham-county
Metro Action Commission (MAC) 665 Mainstream Dr, Nashville, TN 37243 Davidson (615) 253-8920 www.nashville.gov/mac
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 250 Beasley Dr, Dickson, TN 37055 Dickson (615) 446-0229 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/dickson-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 115 Front St, Erin, TN 37061 Houston (931) 289-4127 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/houston-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 711 Holly Ln, Waverly, TN 37185 Humphreys (931) 296-5872 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/humphreys-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 523 Madison St, Suite B, Clarksville, TN 37040 Montgomery (931) 648-5530 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/montgomery-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 299 10th Ave East, Springfield, TN 37172 Robertson (615) 384-1097 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/robertson-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 1313 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Rutherford (615) 898-8081 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/rutherford-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 1356 Donelson Pkwy, Dover, TN 37058 Stewart (931) 232-5035 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/stewart-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 1598 Green Lea Blvd, Gallatin, TN 37066 Sumner

(615) 452-1964

www.edsisolutions.com/locations/sumner-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 204 East McMurry Blvd, Hartsville, TN 37074 Trousdale (615) 680-3450 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/trousdale-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 118 Seaboard Ln, Suite 100, Franklin, TN 37067 Williamson (615) 370-6004 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/williamson-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs
Educational Data Systems (EDSI) 415 Tennessee Blvd, Lebanon, TN 37087 Wilson (615) 444-9355 www.edsisolutions.com/locations/wilson-county-wioa-adult-and-dislocated-worker-and-youth-programs

Upper Cumberland

Eligible Youth Provider Address Counties Phone Number Website
Career TEAM 1000 England Dr, Cookeville, TN 38501 Putnam, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, DeKalb, White (931) 520-6020 www.ucwork.org
  607 TN-52 Bypass, Lafayette, TN 37083 Macon, Smith, Clay (615) 666-3377 www.ucwork.org
  60 Ridley St, Crossville, TN 38555 Cumberland, Fentress (931) 260-5406 www.ucwork.org
  241 Vo Tech Dr, McMinnville, TN 37110 Warren, Cannon, Van Buren (931) 474-2054 www.ucwork.org

Southwest

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Dynamic Workforce Solutions TCAT Henderson, 1449 White Ave, Henderson, TN 38340 Chester (731) 989-5160 www.swtncareers.org
  44 Wheat St , Parsons, TN 38363  Decatur (731) 602-7248 www.swtncareers.org
  TCAT Whiteville, 1685 US-64, Whiteville, TN 38075 Hardeman (731) 658-4073 www.swtncareers.org
  1565 Wayne Rd, Savannah, TN 38372 Hardin (731) 438-3433 www.swtncareers.org
  20 N. Washington, Brownsville, TN 38012 Haywood (731) 779-0868 www.swtncareers.org
  80-B South Broad St, Lexington, TN 38351 Henderson (731) 249-7036 www.swtncareers.org
  1124 Whitehall St, Suite 100, Jackson, TN 38301  Madison (731) 668-2042 www.swtncareers.org
  134 N. 3rd St, Selmer, TN 38375 McNairy (731) 645-7264 www.swtncareers.org

Northwest

Eligible Youth Provider Address County Phone Number Website
Dyersburg State Community College 313 West Cedar St, Dyersburg, TN 38024 Crockett (731) 501-1109 www.NWTNJobs.org
  470 Mustang Dr, Huntingdon, TN 38344 Benton (731) 352-8898 www.NWTNJobs.org
  313 West Cedar St, Dyersburg, TN 38024 Dyer (731) 501-1109 www.NWTNJobs.org
  470 Mustang Dr, Huntingdon, TN 38344

Henry (731) 352-8898 www.NWTNJobs.org
  470 Mustang Dr, Huntingdon, TN 38344

Carroll (731) 352-8898 www.NWTNJobs.org
  313 West Cedar St, Dyersburg, TN 38024 Lake (731) 501-1109 www.NWTNJobs.org
  116 W. Main St, Dresden, TN 38225 Weakley (731) 364-0100 www.NWTNJobs.org
  313 West Cedar St, Dyersburg, TN 38024 Obion (731) 501-1109 www.NWTNJobs.org
  116 W. Main St, Dresden, TN 38225 Gibson (731) 364-0100 www.NWTNJobs.org

Greater Memphis

Eligible Youth Provider Address Counties Phone Number Website
Equus Workforce Solutions 155 Angelus, Memphis, TN 38104 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale (901) 707-8419 workforcemidsouth.com
  301-C Lake Dr, Ripley, TN 38063 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale (731) 419-3116 workforcemidsouth.com
  877 C Hwy 51 N, Covington, TN 38019 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale (901) 313-9434 workforcemidsouth.com
  6250 US Hwy 64 #8, Oakland, TN 38060 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale (901) 466-7656 workforcemidsouth.com
YouthBuild Memphis 1109 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN 38126 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale (901) 746-9287 workforcemidsouth.com
Agape Child and Family Services 6250 US Hwy 64 #8, Oakland, TN 38060 Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale (901) 323-3600 workforcemidsouth.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 from the Department of Education, click here.