Workforce Investment Act


The Workforce Investment Act is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible youth in achieving academic and employment success. Services are designed to meet the needs of students, high school graduates, dropouts, and others who are in need of employment and training assistance.

Program Services

The WIA youth program provides education, training, and employment opportunities for low-income youth. Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and may include:

  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies
  • Alternative school services
  • Summer employment opportunities that are linked to academic and occupational learning
  • Paid and unpaid work experience to include job shadowing and internships
  • Occupational skills training such as vocational classes or on-the-job training
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Supportive services such as transportation and childcare
  • Adult mentoring
  • Follow-up services to help individuals who have completed the program
  • Guidance and counseling

Participant Eligibility

An individual must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive services: 

  • 14 through 21 years of age; and
  • US citizen or eligible to work in the US; and
  • Comply with Selective Service registration requirements when appropriate; and
  • Comply with local or state residency requirements when imposed; and
  • Meet low income requirements (with limited exceptions); and
  • Need assistance as demonstrated by one of six factors.

Note: Documents that confirm an individual’s eligibility for WIA services will be required during the application process. Examples include but are not limited to: birth certificate, social security card, pay stubs, etc.

To apply or for more information contact: 

Idaho Department of Labor, Attn: WIA

35 Wildcat Way 

Suite A

(208) 783-1202 ext. 3986