Disadvantaged and vulnerable youth need multiple strategies and service components to succeed in the world of work.
Studies show that a variety of resources, support services, and the dedicated commitment of a case manager can lead to self-sufficiency for young people facing multiple hurdles to jump.
Serving Disadvantaged Youth
While youth with disabilities and youth who are out-of-school receive greater focus under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the WIOA youth program serves many youth with multiple barriers to success in the labor force.
The program also serves youth aged 14-21 that are homeless, pregnant or parenting, basic skills deficient, justice-involved, school dropouts, in foster care, and English language learners.
In addition, the program serves youth who are low income and need additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program, and to secure and retain employment.
Resources and Guides
- Youth Council Toolkit
- Youth Council Toolkit - Tools to Use
- Four Ways to Reduce Youth Unemployment
- Resources for Working with Youth with Disabilities (TEGL 31-10)
- Tool Kit for Effective Front-line Services to Youth
- Roadmap for Navigating the CareerOneStop Suite of Career Tools
- Other youth-focused webinars and materials listed on this page
Labor Market Data Sources
- Services that Provide Labor Market Information (LMI) to Youth
- Disadvantaged Youth Data - Childhood Poverty and At-Risk Youth Trends
- Finding Youth Data: Locating Summer Youth Employment Statistics and other Youth Information
- Youth Labor Force Participation Rates and Unemployment Rates
- Teen Labor Force Participation Trends
- Employment and Unemployment Among Youth Summary
- Summer Youth Labor Force Data
- Youth Labor Force Demographic Characteristics
- Adolescent Demographics
- Kids Count Data Book
- Ten-Year Employment Projections and the Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Labor Market Data Sources for Targeting Services to Special Populations
- Youth Homelessness Overview
- BLS Apps for the Occupational Outlook Handbook