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Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program

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Dear Youth:

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Youth Zone is accepting applications for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program.  You must have an account in Connecting Colorado.  To create your account, click on "Creating an Account" under the Youth Zone yellow tab.

OVERVIEW:
 
The WIA Youth Program is designed to assist low income at-risk youth achieve their educational and employment goals. If eligible, participants work with a Workforce Development Specialist to create a personalized plan for a successful future.
 
SERVICES:
 
Participants enrolled in this program can take advantage of the 10 core services provided. These services are:
  • Tutoring
  • GED Preparation
  • Summer Employment Assistance
  • Work Experience
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Leadership Activities
  • Supportive Services
  • Adult Mentoring
  • Follow-up Services
  • Referrals
ELIGIBILITY:
 
Applicants must be between 17-21 years old, low income and have one or more of the following barriers to employment or education:
  • Deficient in basic literacy skills
  • Ex-offender
  • Documented disability
  • High school drop out
  • Homeless/runaway
  • Pregnant/parenting youth
  • Foster care
  • Needs additional assistance
HOW TO APPLY:  In order to apply you MUST HAVE AN ACCOUNT IN CONNECTING COLORADO.  To start the process, click here.
 
ENROLLMENT PROCESS:

Step 1: Attend a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for Youth Orientation and Assessment Session
 
Learn about the Youth Zone WIA enrollment process and ask questions about the program. This session is designed to help you understand the support that the WIA Program may provide. Please be on time as late arrivals will not be admitted. Youth who are interested in moving forward will be asked to take a short (15 minute) assessment to begin the enrollment process. You will also be given an application packet to complete and return at your Intake Appointment.
 
Day            Start Time
Tuesday      3:00 p.m.
Thursday     9:00 a.m.
 
To sign up for an upcoming WIA Youth Orientation, click here.

Step 2: Schedule an Intake Appointment

During the Intake Appointment, your completed application and eligibility paperwork will be reviewed by the Youth Zone Intake Specialist. If your application is complete and all required documentation is provided, your information will be forwarded to a Workforce Development Specialist (WDS), who will call to you to schedule an Initial Assessment (see below). To schedule an intake appointment contact:
 
Cathy Cimino
Intake Specialist
719.667.3801
 
If you are missing any eligibility documentation, you will have 14 calendar days to provide it to the Intake Specialist. If required eligibility documentation is not provided within the 14 day period, you will be deemed ineligible and will have to begin the enrollment process again, at a later date.

Step 3: Attend Your “Initial Assessment”

After the completion of the Intake Sessions, you will be contacted within two business days to set up an Initial Assessment with a Workforce Development Specialist (WDS). The Initial Assessment is a one-on-one meeting during which your educational and employment goals, professional strengths, and any barriers to employment you may have will be addressed in order to lay a foundation for your path to success.

It is important to note that your enrollment is contingent upon your follow through with the steps outlined above. Failure to complete the Initial Assessment within the initial 30-day period will result in non-enrollment into the WIA Youth program.


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