Youth & Young Adults

WIOA Youth Programs aim to prepare and support young adults 16-24 for the workforce. Participants are provided with free career and employment services to help them start on their career path.


Launch your Career

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Work experience

Get paid while you learn about career options and gain experience in the real workforce.

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Tuition Assistance

Funding for training and education for an in-demand occupation, so you can get the skills you need to succeed.

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Career Readiness

Receive one-on-one guidance in creating your resume, developing leadership skills, exploring careers, preparing for interviews and much more!

How to apply

Fill out the short form and a CEFS Career Planner will contact you for the next steps.

  • Resident of one of these Illinois counties: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, Moultrie, or Richland

  • US citizen

  • Compliant with Selective Service Requirements

An out-of-school young adult who meets the general requirements and is 16 – 24 years of age can participate as long as they meet one additional criteria:

    1. Drop-out

    2. Not attending any school in the last calendar quarter

    3. Homeless or runaway

    4. Parent or pregnant

    5. In or aged out of foster care

    6. Subject to the justice system

    7. Disabled

    8. If high school graduate, must be low-income and have low reading and math skills

    9. Low-income needing assistance to complete an educational program or secure employment

A youth who meets the general requirements and is 14 – 21 years of age can participate if they meet one additional requirement:

  • Attending school

  • Low-income and any one of the following:

    • 1. Homeless or runaway

    • 2. Parent or pregnant

    • 3. In or aged out of foster care

    • 4. Subject to the justice system

    • 5. Disabled

    • 6. Low reading and math skills

    • 7. Need assistance to complete an educational program

    • 8. English language learner

While enrolled in the Youth Training and Education Program, each participant will be expected to achieve the following:

  • Attain a high school diploma, GED, or other credential

  • Create a resume

  • Increase basic skills in reading and math

  • Secure employment or attend post secondary education/training

  • Maintain monthly contact with Career Planner during enrollment

  • Maintain contact with the program for 12 months following completion

contact CEFS


CEFS Career Planners are based in Illinois workNet Centers and affiliated offices across the thirteen counties in LWIA 23. Contact the location nearest you or visit to get started today.