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WIOA Young Adult Program

Overview

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and in-school youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with year-round employment and training services. Under this law passed in 2014, WIOA youth services emphasize services to out-of-school and disconnected youth, high school dropout recovery and attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials.

Out-of-school youth under WIOA is a person between the ages of 16 and 24 who is not attending ANY school and is one or more of the following: a school dropout; a youth who is within age of compulsory school attendance in Minnesota but has not attended for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter; a youth with a high school diploma or equivalent who is low income and is basic skills deficient or is an English language learner; an offender; a homeless, runaway or foster youth; a pregnant or parenting youth; a youth with a disability; or a low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment.

In-school youth under WIOA must be low income and one or more of the following: a basic skills deficient youth; an English language learner; an offender; a homeless, runaway or foster youth; a pregnant or parenting youth; a youth with a disability; or a youth who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment.

For more information and success stories, view our Fact Sheet for the WIOA Young Adult Program.

Waiver Requests

Minnesota is requesting waivers for the following:

These waivers can be reviewed and commented on through December 18, 2020. Comments related to either proposed waiver should be directed by email to kay.tracy@state.mn.us.

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