Youth Program (YP)

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Work Experience Today. Opportunity for a Lifetime.

Employers have the power to impact the future workforce in our region.

The Workforce Alliance is seeking employer partners to provide work experience opportunities for youth. Through these partnerships, the Workforce Alliance can recruit, assess, and prepare youth for structured and supported work experiences. For many of the interns, wages can be subsidized.

Work experience opportunities provide exposure to the workplace, instill leadership and soft-skills, and prepare youth (ages 16-21 years old) for success in the local, regional, and global economy. Studies also show that work experience can increase academic achievement and career planning.

How can employers get involved?

  • HIRE youth interns for a six- to 10-week paid work experience opportunity at your company.
  • SPONSOR an intern’s paid work experience opportunity at another business or organization.
  • SPREAD THE WORD about the Workforce Alliance through your professional and social networks.

Employers interested in providing a work experience opportunity should contact Thomas Hunsecker at

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

As a young person, what is in it for me?
The Workforce Investment Act Youth Program is a resource to help young people overcome the obstacles that keep them from completing their education and getting a job.

  • Assistance obtaining a GED or returning to high school
  • Career exploration and training tuition assistance
  • Job readiness classes and work experiences
  • Tutoring assistance
  • Leadership opportunities

Who can join?

  • Youth ages 14-21
  • Low-income
  • US Citizen or Work Authorized
  • Registration with Selective Service (males 18 and older)
  • and, the desire to be SUCCESSFUL!

Youth interested in education or employment opportunities should contact a youth staff member at 316.771.6620 or email

Information on Child Labor Laws

The United States Department of Labor has established a website, "Youth Rules!", containing information for teens, parents, educators, and employers on Child Labor Laws. To connect to the "Youth Rules!" Web site, click

Want to refer a Youth?

WFC182-1010 WIOA Youth Program Referral Form Rev 4

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