Preparing Youth for Success in Employment

WIOA Youth and Young Adult Programs


Youth and young adults who are out of school and between the ages of 16-24 can receive employment, mentoring, support services, and assistance in enrolling in college or earning high school equivalency, can contact a Future Force Career Program service provider.


Youth and young adults who are still in school and between the ages 16-21 can connect and learn about internships, employment, mentoring and other services through the Youth Innovation Program.

The program activities below are available to both Future Force and Youth Innovation participants.


ACWDB received funding from Vision Alameda County to expand workforce development programming to underrepresented youth and young adults (ages 16 to 24) in the unincorporated areas of Ashland and Cherryland.

ACWDB partners with La Familia Counseling Services to prepare participants through work readiness workshops and connects youth to employer worksites to complete 120-hours as a paid intern. See the Disrupting Disparities Initiative in action!

Academic Support and Counseling

  • Tutoring, study skills, instruction, school support, and academic recovery services to help young adults earn their GED if needed;
  • Transitional support to bridge to post-secondary education and training; and, 
  • Comprehensive guidance, including mentoring, and drug and alcohol abuse counseling, gang diversion, and/or referrals to other counseling services.
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Career Awareness and Preparation

  • Labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors and occupations available in Alameda County, including career awareness, counseling, and exploration;
  • Skills training, leading to occupational certificates and credentials;
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences, such as summer employment, internships, pre-apprenticeships, and on-the-job training, that are linked to in-demand occupations;
  • Leadership development opportunities, including community service linkages;
  • Financial literacy education; and,
  • Entrepreneurial skills training.
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Youth Success Stories

Helping youth and young adults succeed in the workforce through mentorship, educational attainment, and other work-based learning opportunities, is of utmost importance to us!

Read youth success stories to learn how our youth services providers help youth and young adults achieve their educational and employment goals.

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