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Youth Council

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) requires workforce investment boards to create a team of community leaders to develop a vision for youth in communities. These Youth Councils work to improve educational attainment, prepare young people for success in the labor market, support young people and develop the potential youth possess to be good citizens and outstanding leaders.

Youth Councils provide an excellent opportunity to re-examine the way in which we prepare young people - tomorrow's workforce - for tomorrow's workplace. WIA takes into account the growing consensus that young people making the transition to working adulthood need both supports and opportunities that address the whole individual, not only training and skills programs. WIA also emphasizes how important it is for communities to work together to forge a youth development system.

Purpose of the Youth Council