Serving Northwest Iowa for Over 35 years
Youth Program




Our Youth Program helps prepare youth between the ages of 14 and 21 in achieving their career goals.  Eligible youth will have access to needed services and assistance as they prepare for their future. 


Academic learning:

Tutoring assistance

Leadership development (to enhance your life, social, and team working skills)

Guidance and counseling (a mutual exchange of ideas, opinions, and discussion, including the assessment of skills, interests, values, talents and accomplishments)

Pre-employment training (instruction in how to get and keep a job)

Basic Literacy Skills:

Improve your abilities in reading, writing, math, speaking, listening, problem solving, and reasoning.


Occupational Skills Training:

Instruction to provide technical skills needed to perform a specific job.


Institutional Skill Training:

Training in a classroom (typically community college), which provides knowledge or skills necessary for a future career. 


Limited Internship:

A paid or non-paid work opportunity combined with the requirements for successful job retention.


Vocational Exploration:

 A non-paid job shadowing (an opportunity to explore an area of career interest).


Work Experience:

A paid or non-paid short term or part-time work assignment to develop good work habits and basic work skills.




Youth applicants must meet all five criteria below:

  1.  Not less than 14 or more than age 21, AND
  2.  A low income individual:
    • Receives Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, General Assistance, Refugee Cash Assistance,  Family Investment Program, or Supplemental Security Income under a Federal, State, or Income-based public assistance program, or
    • Has, or is a member of a family whose total family income 6 months prior to registration does not exceed the poverty income level, or
    • Member of a household receiving food stamps or has been determined eligible to receives food stamps, or
    • A homeless individual, or
    • A foster child on whose behalf state or local government payments are made, or
    • Has a disability and whose own income meets the requirements for the poverty income level even though the family income does not meet the requirements,


     3.   An individual who is one or more of the following:

    • Deficient in basic literacy skills: (English,  reading, writing, or computing skills below 9.0 level)
    • A school dropout
    • Homeless, runaway, or foster child
    • An offender
    • Pregnant or a parent
    • An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an education program, or to secure and hold employment,


    4.  Registered with Selective Service (if applicable),


   5.  A citizen or national of the U.S., a lawfully permitted resident alien, a lawfully admitted refugee or parolee, or an individual authorized by the Attorney General to work in the U.S.


If you would like more information about our services please feel free to contact:


WIA Youth Program
217 West Fifth Street
P.O. Box 1493
Spencer, Iowa 51301