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Eligibility Criteria

In-School Youth
Eligibility: In-school Youth must meet the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Attending school; and
  • Must be residents of Imperial County; and
  • U.S. citizen or otherwise legally entitled to work in the U.S.; and
  • Age 14-21; and
  • Selictive Service Registration (if applicable); and
  • Low income; and on or more of the following:
    • ​​​​​​​Basic skills deficient
    • An English language learner
    • An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system (offender or ex-offender)
    • A homeless individual
    • A runaway
    • In foster care or has aged out of the foster care system
    • Pregnant or parenting
    • An individual with a disability
    • An individual who requires additional assistance* to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment and meets one or more of the following categories:
      • At risk of dropping out of school;
      • Involved with drug and/or alcohol (personally or live with a family member with this issue);
      • Reside in a household with abuse issues;
      • Math or Reading below 8.9 grade level
      • Is a victim of domestic violence or sexual child abuse;
      • Is gang affiliated;
      • Has significant geographical barriers to accessing youth development services;
      • Is a member of a migrant family; or
      • Lack significant work maturity and/or lacks a history of work.

*NOTE: In any single program year, no more than 5% of Imperial County's total In-school youth participants can be those who require additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

**In any single program year, no more than 5% of a local area's total in-school youth participants can be those who require additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment [WIOA Section 129(a)(3)(B)].

Out-of-School Youth
Eligibility: Out-of-School Youth must meet the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Not attending school; and
  • Must be residents of Imperial County; and
  • U.S. Citizen or otherwise legally entitled to work in the U.S.; and
  • Age 16-24; and
  • Selective Service Registration (if applicable, unless an exception is justified; and one or more of the following;
    • ​​​​​​​A school dropout (no high school degree, GED or equivalent)
    • A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school calendar quarter
    • A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is basic skills deficient or an English language learner
    • An individual who is subject ot the juvenile or adult justice system (offender or ex-offender)
    • A homeless indvidual
    • A runaway
    • In foster care or has aged out of the foster care system
    • Pregnant or parenting
    • A youth who is an individual with a disability
    • A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment and meets one or more of the following categories:
      • At risk of dropping out of school;
      • Involved with drug and/or alcohol (personally or live with a family member with this issue);
      • Reside in a household with abuse issues;
      • Math or Reading below 8.9 grade level
      • Is a victim of domestic violence or sexual child abuse;
      • Is gang affiliated;
      • Has significant geographical barriers to accessing youth development services;
      • Is a member of a migrant family; or
      • Lack significant work maturity and/or lacks a history of work.