Youth Services

The Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program serves youth ages 14 - 21 who are in school and  youth ages 16 – 24 who are out of school. Other program eligibility applies. Some activities include: 

• Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction leading to secondary school completion, including dropout prevention strategies

• Alternative secondary school offerings

• Summer employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning

• Paid and unpaid work experience, including internships and job shadowing

• Occupational skills training

• leadership development opportunities, which include community service and peer-centered ctivities

• Supportive services

• Adult mentoring during and after program participation

• Follow-up services to support continued success in achieving education and employment goals

• Comprehensive guidance and counseling

Communities In Schools (CIS), one of the nation’s largest dropout prevention organizations, has been around for over 30 years. It assures students are assisted with supportive guidance and counseling, health and human services, parental and family involvement, pre-employment and employment along with educational enhancement to ensure they achieve in life.

By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning.

Our CIS program currently has Case Managers at the following campuses:  Victoria West High School, Victoria East High School, Patti Welder Middle School, Stroman Middle School, and Howell Middle School in Victoria; Bloomington Middle School and Bloomington High School in Bloomington.

For more information on this program, please visit

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627 where an operator will provide you with general information about Job Corps, refer you to the admissions counselor closest to where you live, and mail you an information packet. You can find more information on their website.