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Youth Employment & Training Services (Ages 14-24)

Workforce Resource's Youth program offers a variety of services to eligible youth ages 14-24. Services are funded through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).

For more information on our youth services, contact a youth service professional at your local job center.

WIOA Youth Program Eligibility

You may qualify for services if you meet all of the following criteria:
•   You are between the ages of 14-24
•   You are a U.S. Citizen
•   You are registered with Selective Service (males 18 and over)
•   You are low-income (based on federal guidelines) or have at least one of the following barriers:
»   School dropout
»   Deficient in basic literacy skills
»   Pregnant or parenting
»   Disability
»   Offender
»   Homeless/Runaway
»   Foster Care
»   Assessed as deficient in pre-employment, basic work maturity,
and/or job retention skills

Youth Career Fair - Career Venture

Career Venture is held in Eau Claire on the first Thursday of May. This annual hands-on career fair hosts more than 2,500 regional 8th grade through high school students. Students learn about career and educational opportunities available in West Central Wisconsin. By exploring careers in each career cluster, students can link what they learn in school with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers. See www.careerventure.org for further details.

Independent Living

Workforce Resource contracts with the Department of Children and Families to operate the Independent Living in the counties of Douglas, Ashland, Iron, Bayfield, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Rusk, Taylor, Price, Polk and Barron. The goal of the Independent Living Program is to provide services based on the age of youth that turn 18 in an out-home placement or foster care setting. Services include but are not limited to education, community connections, employment, housing, and connections to health service.

For further details, view:
ADOBE ACROBAT ICON Independent Living Program Eligibility

Brighter Star

The Independent Living program also assists youth & young adults transitioning from out of home care to post-secondary education. This program is known in Wisconsin as Brighter Star. The program allows eligible young adult students to receive a scholarship for post-secondary education. The student must be enrolled in (or accepted to) an accredited or pre-accredited post high school program.

For further information, see:
ADOBE ACROBAT ICON Brighter Star Eligibility and FAQ
Use this document to apply for the Brighter Star program:
MSWORD icon Brighter Star Application
For further program information state-wide, see https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youthservices/college

Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild

Chippewa Fresh Start YouthBuild provides education, employment skills and career direction for at-risk young adults by involving them in the construction of a new house. When completed, the house is sold to an income-eligible family in the community. During the course of the program, the young adults gain valuable skills, perform community service, and prepare for post-secondary education and/or careers. The most important goals of the project are to build self-esteem and help young adults become self-sufficient.

For full program information, see our Youthbuild Information page.

Employment

Workforce Resource partners with the local employers to connect youth to full-time, part-time and seasonal/summer employment opportunities.