WIOA Youth Program

The WIOA Youth Program serves youth ages 16-24 in the seven western counties of North Carolina. The goal of the program is to prepare youth for gainful employment in a competitive workforce.

The program includes the following elements:

  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to secondary school completion including dropout prevention strategies
  • Alternative secondary school offerings
  • Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences including internships and job shadowing
  • Occupational skills training
  • Leadership development opportunities including community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors
  • Supportive services
  • Adult mentoring for a duration of at least twelve months which may occur during and after program participation
  • Follow-up services
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling including drug and alcohol abuse counseling as well as referrals to counseling as appropriate to the needs of the individual youth


Contact the WIOA Youth Specialist in your county to discuss your individual needs:

Cherokee, Clay & Graham
Sharee Thompson

Brookley Nicholson

Jackson, Macon & Swain
Sam Oxendine