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  Youth Programs Descriptions and
Funding Sources
 
The South Shore Workforce Investment Board (SSWIB) funds organizations that provide educational and work readiness services to at-risk youth 14-21 years of age. Our partners include:
  • Local school districts schools
  • Community-based and non-profit organizations
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Commonwealth Corporation
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Department of Children and Families

Some of our programs include:

I. Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Programs
(Federal Funds)

WIOA programs support youth and young adults ages 14-24. The overarching goal of these programs is to ensure that low-income at-risk youth are able to access critical education, training, and career development services so that they are able to enter the labor force and ultimately build economic self-sufficiency. “In-school” youth are those who are at risk of dropping out. “Out-of-school” youth are those who have dropped out already. Programs are designed to support either the “in-school” or “out-of-school” population, and are typically run by area non-profit organizations or local school districts. Contracts are awarded based on a response to a SSWIB-released RFP.
 
Success is measured by the number of youth who achieve a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (Hi-SET) and engage in employment and/or enroll in post-secondary education or training.

II. Connecting Activities
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (State Funds)

Connecting Activities is a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiative that is central to the Career and College Readiness goals set by the Commonwealth. Participating high school youth get to experience exploration, work readiness and job search readiness services as well as placement in unpaid and paid work opportunities supported through the use of the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan.

III. Summer Youth Employment Programs
Summer YouthWorks (State Funds)

Summer YouthWorks is a state-funded, publicly-subsidized program. The program is designed to provide paid summer employment and work readiness training to in-school and out-of-school low-income youth ages 14-21 who live in state targeted cities/towns. In addition to providing paid summer employment, the grant requires that 20% of the award be matched by employers and that 20% of slots are filled by youth with additional barriers to employment.

IV. Year-Round YouthWorks
(State Funds)
YouthWorks is a state-funded, publicly-subsidized program. The program is designed to provide paid employment and work readiness training to in-school and out-of-school low-income youth who live in state targeted cities/towns. Priority for these slots are given to disconnected youth with barriers between the ages of 17-21.

 

     
 
   
     
 
INITIATIVES
   
Workforce Training Fund Program:
The Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) provides Massachusetts businesses with the resources needed to invest in workforce development, improve employee skills, and maintain the economic strength and viability of the Commonwealth's businesses.

Training grants of up to $250,000 are available for: ESOL, Lean/Continuous Process Improvement, Six-Sigma, Adult Basic Education, Software and IT Skills, Project Management, Sales, CNC, Customer Service, Leadership and Management Skills, ISO, and many more.

There are 4 different grant programs: DOWNLOAD WTFP GRANT MENU (PDF)
 
 
General Program
Express Program
Regional Training Capacity
 Pilot Program

Technical Assistance Grants

Workplace Safety Training Grant: The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) awards up to $25,000.00 to various organizations to fund workplace safety training. Eligible employers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (MGL CH. 152) may qualify for funding. Learn more here. VIEW SITE

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): Employers can receive a Federal Tax Credit of up to $9,600 for each new hire that meets specified criteria. View complete details here.VIEW SITE

Training Opportunities for Adults: The South Shore region brings opportunities to adults seeking to upgrade their education and improve their marketable skills.
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Career Centers:
Plymouth Career Center
Quincy Career Center

The South Shore Workforce Investment Board is located at:
15 Cottage Avenue, Ste. 302
Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: 617-328-7001
Fax: 617-328-7381
www.southshorewib.org
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