Youth Employment Program

About the Program

The MN DEED Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and in-school youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with year-round employment and training services. The WIOA Young Adult Program provides experience and academic enrichment activities. Participants will receive services that assist in key areas such as learning work maturity skills, writing a resume, learning how to interview for a job, growing problem-solving skills, and engaging counseling and support services.

Eligibility

For specific eligibility requirements, expand the Eligibility tab below. 

Due to federal law and funding reductions, we are regretfully unable to serve youth under 14. The current program(s) focus on youth and young adults between the ages of 14 to 24. View our Priority of Service Guide (PDF) for the Scott County Youth Program.

Further information:

For more information about eligibility requirements, visit MN DEED's WIOA Young Adult Program page

Scott County's Employment & Training program is currently prioritizing specific situations. View our Priority of Service document (PDF) to learn more. 

In-School Youth

An individual attending school who is not younger than age 14 or older than age 21 at time of enrollment, low-income, and one or more of the following:

  • Basic skills deficient;
  • An English language learner;
  • An offender;
  • A homeless individual or a runaway;
  • An individual in foster care or who has aged out of the foster care system or who has attained 16 years of age and left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, a child eligible for assistance under sec. 477 of the Social Security Act (42 USC 677), or in an out-of-home placement;
  • An individual who is pregnant or parenting;
  • An individual with a disability; or
  • An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

Out-of-school youth 

An individual not attending any school, age 16 through 24 at the time of enrollment, and one or more of the following:

  • A school dropout;
  • A youth who is 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 either basic skills deficient or an English language learner;
  • An offender;
  • A homeless individual or a runaway;
  • An individual in foster care or who has aged out of the foster care system or who has attained 16 years of age and left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, a child eligible for assistance under sec. 477 of the Social Security Act (42 USC 677), or in an out-of-home placement;
  • An individual who is pregnant or parenting;
  • An individual with a disability; or
  • A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.