Youth Services address disadvantaged youth to develop and enhance skills needed to attain a diploma, high school equivalency, enroll in post-secondary education and obtain employment.
Local In-School Youth and Out-of-School Youth (school drop-outs) are served with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds. The needs of in-school and out-of-school youth are met through the work of contractors tasked with improving literacy and numeracy, attaining a high school equivalency and placement into post-secondary education or unsubsidized employment.
WIOA eligible youth (ages 14-24) enrolled in our youth services program are provided with the following services:
- Objective assessment of their academic levels, skill levels, and service needs including a review of their basic needs, occupational skills, prior work experience, employability, interests, aptitudes, supportive services needs and developmental needs.
- Development of an Individual Service Strategy for each youth that identifies an employment goal, appropriate achievement objectives.
- Preparation for post-secondary educational opportunities.
- Strong linkages between academic and occupational learning.
- Preparation for unsubsidized employment.
- Effective connections to intermediaries with strong links to the job market.
Goals and objectives for each youth are addressed through one or more of the following program elements:
- Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction, and evidence-based dropout prevention and recovery strategies leading to completion of secondary school or equivalent;
- Alternative secondary school services;
- Paid and unpaid work experiences that have as a component academic and occupational education;
- Occupational skills training;
- Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities;
- Leadership development opportunities;
- Supportive services;
- Adult mentoring during program participation and subsequent period for at least 12 months;
- Follow-up services for at least 12 months after program completion;
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling services;
- Financial literacy education;
- Entrepreneurial skills training;
- Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors;
- Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training.
Please contact Catholic Charities of Buffalo (for Out-of-School Youth services) at (716) 893-3500 or Buffalo Urban League (for Out-of-School or In-School Youth services) at (716) 250-2400.
For more information, please click on the following links:
Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Buffalo Urban League
Service Collaborative of Western New York