Labor and Economic Opportunity
The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth services is to assist young people, ages 14-24, who face significant barriers to success in the labor market, by providing resources and support to overcome those barriers and successfully transition to self-sufficient adulthood.
WIOA Youth programs are operated on a year-round basis by local Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs). Available services include tutoring, study skills training, alternative secondary school offerings, dropout recovery services, paid and unpaid work experiences, including summer employment opportunities, occupational skills training, education offered concurrently with workforce preparation, leadership development opportunities, supportive services, adult mentoring, follow-up services, comprehensive guidance and counseling, financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, provision of labor market and employment information, and activities that help youth prepare for, and transition to, post-secondary education and training.
Out-of-School Youth (OSY) individuals who are:
In-School Youth (ISY) individuals who are:
The federal funds are allocated by formula to the local MWAs. The local MWAs must submit annual plans to the Workforce Development Agency for approval. Funds are allocated on an annual basis starting in July of each year.
Contact Michigan Works! at 1-800-285-WORKS (9675) or find your local MWA by zip code at michiganworks.org.
Technical program questions:
Talent Investment Agency
Youth Services Section
201 N. Washington Square, 5th Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48913