ASPIRA's WIOA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act) services are designed to prepare youth ages 16-24 for post-secondary education and/or employment along a career path. Our program works with young people to help them meet their individual needs in a supportive environment. All students get a dedicated case manager that works to meet their individual needs. 

The WIOA Program offers:
Career Exploration  
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Job-readiness training
  • Labor market and employment information
  • Occupational skills training
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences
  • Job placement
College Readiness
  • Financial aid, scholarship, and FAFSA workshops
  • College applications
  • College field trips/ educational field trips 
  • Alternative Secondary school services
  • Education offered for a specific occupation/occupational cluster
  • Tutoring
  • Financial literacy education
  • Preparation for, and transition to, post-secondary education and training

Leadership Development

  • Adult mentoring
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  • Follow-up services

Support Services

  • Transportation assistance
  • Child care
  • Educational testing
  • Healthcare referrals... and more!

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Authorized to work in the United States;
  • Compliant with Selective Service Requirements, (if applicable);
  • Not attending any school (as defined under State law; individuals attending Adult Education provided under Title II of WIOA, Youth Build Job Corps are also Classified as out-of-school youth);
  • Not younger than age 16 or older than 24; and one or more of the following:

    • A school dropout
    • Within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter.
  • A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is:
    • Basic Skills deficient; or
    • An English Language Learner (ELL)
    • Subject to the juvenile or adult justice system

  • Homeless, a homeless child or youth, a runaway, in foster care or aged out of the foster care system, or in an out-of-home placement.
  • Pregnant or parenting.
  • An Individual with a disability
  • A low income individual requiring additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

*Note “Low Income” includes youth who living in a high poverty area

Applicants must provide:
  • A copy of signed social security card
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Proof of Income

For more information on WIOA, click here to email us or call us at 773-243-1900, or fill out an interest form here.