WorkStartYES

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WorkStartYES was established in 2002 as a joint partnership between the San Joaquin County Office of Education and San Joaquin County WorkNet. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), WorkStartYES assists youth and young adults throughout San Joaquin County who face significant barriers to success in the labor market by providing resources and support to overcome those barriers and successfully transition to self-sufficient adulthood. WorkStartYES makes available the 14 WIOA programs elements focused around four major themes to eligible 16-24 year olds. These include:

PREPARATION FOR AND SUCCESS IN EMPLOYMENT
1. Paid and unpaid work experiences;
2. Occupational skill training;
3. Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
4. Entrepreneurial skills training;
5. Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services;

IMPROVING EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
6. Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction that lead to completion of the requirements for a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent (including a recognized certificate of attendance or similar document for individuals with disabilities) or for a recognized postsecondary credential;
7. Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services;
8. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training;

SUPPORT FOR YOUTH
9. Supportive services;
10. Adult mentoring;
11. Follow-up services;
12. Comprehensive guidance and counseling;

SERVICES TO DEVELOP THE POTENTIAL OF YOUTH AS CITIZENS AND LEADERS
13. Leadership development opportunities;
14. Financial literacy education.

WorkStartYES is contracted to serve 240 youth each program year; 75% out-of-school youth and 25% in-school youth. In order receive services as an out-of-school youth an individual must meet the following criteria:

1. Not attending any secondary or post-secondary school (not including Title II Adult Education).
2. Age 16-24 years old.
3. One or more of the following barriers:
a. A school dropout.
b. 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 as defined by the local school district.
c. 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.
d. An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system.
e. A homeless individual, a runaway, an individual who is in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act, or an individual who is an out-of-home placement.
f. An individual who is pregnant or parenting.
g. An individual with a disability.
h. A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

If you are in need of WorkStartYES services, call our enrollment specialist at (209) 468-9043 to see if you qualify. For more information, contact our main office at (209) 468-9221.

This WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.