• How are state/local WIOA partners integrating Guideposts for Success for youth with disabilities, within and across all WIOA Programs (i.e., Career Preparation, Connecting Activities, School Preparation, Youth Development and Leadership, and Family Involv
  • How are state/local WIOA partners integrating financial literacy related to savings, managing credit, and budgeting to motivate youth and help job seekers achieve and retain employment?
  • How do WIOA Youth staff collaborate with VR and other disability partners to help ensure inclusion of youth with disabilities in work-based learning opportunities?
  • How do WIOA Youth staff collaborate with Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) programs and staff to ensure accurate information is provided to youth receiving SSI/SSDI and their families in order to make informed choices about work?
  • How do WIOA Youth staff work with training providers and employers to create opportunities to hire qualified youth with disabilities?
  • What soft skills approaches and training programs are available to support youth, including youth with disabilities (e.g., Skills to Pay the Bills)?
  • Do workforce programs for youth set high expectations, promote informed choice, teach independent living skills, support competitive integrated employment, and promote cross-agency transition planning?

Actions (to take individually or as a team)

  • Explore if/how your state/local workforce system and WIOA partners incorporate the Guideposts for Success elements listed above into their programs and Individual Employment Plans (IEPs)/Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs).
  • Learn how AJCs and WIOA youth programs use individual transition plans to drive continuing education and post-secondary education for youth with disabilities.
  • Learn how youth in your workforce system gain access to specific individual learning accommodations while they are in school, and how they apply to employment, job training and continuing education.
  • Research critical resources that influence career choices for youth with disabilities, including work incentive/benefits counseling, disability-related work supports, accommodation requirements, and assistive technology needs.
  • Explore if state/local Workforce Development Boards have integrated financial capability as part of their WIOA Unified/Combined State Plan and/or if they fund financial literacy programs for youth and adults.
  • Identify the financial literacy providers available to youth enrolled in WIOA programs in your region.
  • Learn about the nine defined program elements in the WIOA Final Rule that describe financial literacy education activities (Section 20CFR681.500).
  • Learn if AJCs in your state offer financial services to job seekers, including budgeting support, financial planning, credit repair, and/or asset development.
  • Find out which community partners in your state/local region provide reputable, free, financial education resources and free tax preparation services.
  • Invite state/local financial partners to speak to the local workforce development board and AJC staff on how advancing financial capability can positively influence employment.
  • Find out if AJC Business Service or partner staff engage banks, credit unions, and/or housing lending programs that can offer financial literacy education for AJC customers.
  • Learn if your state or city has an asset-building coalition that offers financial capability trainings, informational resources, and services to AJC customers.