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.