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WIA Youth Activities

Program Descriptions

Program Number



WIA Youth Activities


Federal Agency




Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title I, Subtitle B, Chapter 4, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C. 9201.






To help low income youth, between the ages of 14 and 21, acquire the educational and occupational skills, training, and support needed to achieve academic and employment success and successfully transition to careers and productive adulthood.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Title I of the Act authorizes the new Workforce Investment System and establishes state workforce investment boards with oversight responsibility by the governors for local workforce investment boards; and establishes the process by which eligible providers of training and youth activities are identified. The Act authorizes the use of funds for youth employment and training activities that will provide eligible youth assistance in achieving careers and academic and employment success; ensures ongoing mentoring opportunities; provides opportunities for training; provides continued supportive services; provides incentives for recognition and achievement; and provides opportunities for leadership, development, decision making, citizenship, and community service.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Under WIA,50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the outlying areas are identified as the recipients of youth training activities funds. For a state to be eligible to receive youth funds, the governor of the state will submit to the Secretary for consideration by the Secretary, a single state plan that outlines a 5-year strategy for the statewide workforce investment system.

Beneficiary Eligibility

An eligible youth is an individual who: (1) is 14 to 21 years of age; and (2) is an individual who received an income or is a member of a family that received a total family income that, in relation to family size, does not exceed the higher of (a) the poverty line; or (b) 70 percent of the lower living standard income; and (3) meets one or more of the following criteria: is an individual who is deficient in basic literacy skills; a school dropout; homeless; a runaway; a foster child; pregnant or a parent; an offender; or requires additional assistance to complete their education or secure and hold employment.


In order to establish a continuing relationship under the Act, the governor and the Secretary of Labor shall sign a governor/Secretary Agreement. This agreement assures that the State will comply with the Workforce Investment Act and the applicable rules and regulations.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to follow in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure

The governor submits a single Strategic State Plan in accordance with one of the Planning Guidances, either Stand-Alone or Unified, issued through the Federal Register. The Planning Guidance provide detailed instruction on what must be included in the State Plan. The Unified Planning Guidance provides a framework for collaboration across programs and integration of services beyond WIA Title I programs and Wagner-Peyser Activities, including non-DOL programs and other DOL programs. The plan is submitted to the Federal Coordinator for Plan Review and Approval (currently Janet Sten), Division of Workforce System Support, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-4231, Washington, DC 20210.

Award Procedure

Those portions of the State Plan over which the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training exercises authority are reviewed and approved by the Employment and Training Administration. Formula funds are awarded to the states based on a statutory formula provided in the authorizing legislation.


Each State shall submit its plan on or before the date set by the Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration. Contact Headquarters Office for an application deadline date.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

A State plan submitted to the Secretary will be considered to be approved by the Secretary at the end of the 90-day period beginning on the day the Secretary received the plan, unless the Secretary makes a written determination, during the 90-day period, that the plan is inconsistent with the provisions of Title I.


Contact Headquarters Office to obtain information on appeal procedures.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Youth activities funds are allotted to states under the formula described in the Act based on the distribution of unemployed individuals and disadvantaged youth by state.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Formula funds allotted to a State each year are available for expenditure by the State for that program year plus two succeeding program years.


Post Assistance Requirements


Reporting requirements as specified by the Secretary in accordance with 20 CFR 667.300.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), audits of states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations; nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


States are required to maintain adequate records in accordance with 29 CFR 95 and 97.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $929,000,000; FY 08 est. $861,000,000; and FY 09 est. $828,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

There is no established range; grant awards are based on formula allocation.


Program Accomplishments



Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

20 CFR PART 652 et al, WIA; Final Rules Federal Register, Friday, August 11, 2000. Federal Register: Thursday, February 28, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 403) "Solicitation of Comments on the Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Linkages with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Notice.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the appropriate Regional Employment and Training Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210. Contact: Evan Rosenberg, Division of Youth Services. Telephone: (202) 693- 3593. Fax: (202) 693-3532.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

17.207, Employment Service/Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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