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.
WIOA at CEFS
Launch your Career
Get paid while you learn about career options and gain experience in the real workforce.
Funding for training and education for an in-demand occupation, so you can get the skills you need to succeed.
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.
Who is Eligible?
Resident of one of these Illinois counties: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, Moultrie, or Richland
Compliant with Selective Service Requirements
What if I am not in school anymore?
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:
Not attending any school in the last calendar quarter
Homeless or runaway
Parent or pregnant
In or aged out of foster care
Subject to the justice system
If high school graduate, must be low-income and have low reading and math skills
Low-income needing assistance to complete an educational program or secure employment
What if I am still in High Scool?
A youth who meets the general requirements and is 14 – 21 years of age can participate if they meet one additional requirement:
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
6. Low reading and math skills
7. Need assistance to complete an educational program
8. English language learner
What is expected of a participant in a Youth Program?
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
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 cefseoc.org to get started today.