The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title IB Youth Program is to provide long-term comprehensive service strategies to Montana Youths ages 14-24.

This program is designed to prepare Montana’s youth to either enter post-secondary education, training or employment upon completion of their secondary education. The aging of Montana’s workforce is an issue of concern and therefore this program can be an instrument toward meeting the future workforce demands.



The JMG WIOA Youth Program provides the following elements to each client:

  1. Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling including dropout prevention strategies;
  2. Alternative secondary school offerings;
  3. Paid and unpaid work experiences that have academic and occupational education as a component of work experience;
  4. Occupational skill training;
  5. Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
  6. Leadership development opportunities;
  7. Supportive services;
  8. Adult mentoring for a duration of at least twelve months, that may occur during and after program participation;
  9. Follow up services for not less than 12 months after the participant completes the program;
  10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol counseling and referral to counseling as appropriate to meet the needs of the participant;
  11. Financial literacy education;
  12. Entrepreneurial skills training;
  13. Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  14. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training.