Since the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed in 2014, there has been a breadth of literature related to effective strategies in serving youth and young adults through the public workforce system, yet stakeholders still need proven strategies to reach the expanded WIOA youth target population requirements.
This issue brief describes the unique and intensive recruitment, outreach, and engagement strategies of the Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) program based in Southern California, which serves disconnected young adults, age 18 to 24. It explains what worked best in outreach, recruitment, and engagement of disconnected young adults.
As the public workforce system implements the updated 2014 WIOA Youth requirements, the findings from IMPAQ’s qualitative evaluation of the @LIKE program can help service providers meet the updated youth service provisions required under WIOA.
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