Youth and Parents

The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development System offers a variety of programs and resources for youth, their families and youth services professionals.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Youth Program: Bridges to the Future
This WIOA Youth Program supports career exploration, readiness and planning for In-School Youth in Central Pennsylvania.


YES to the Future
This WIOA program is designed to develop the potential of young adults and connect them to careers in Central Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania Youth in Transition (PAYT)
In 2000, there were over 11,000 residents under the age of 25 in Central Pennsylvania who lack a high school diploma. The PAYT project is a region-wide effort to re-connect these youth to education and successful careers.


Parents Toolkit – AVAILABLE ON-LINE!
Is your student wondering what courses to select for next year? Does your student need help choosing a career path? Are you wondering how to answer his or her questions about postsecondary education and careers? In this toolkit, you will find a wealth of resources designed for parents as they help their children begin their journeys to rewarding careers and promising futures.

This nationally recognized skills assessment, powered by ACT®, assists high school students in identifying workplace skills, abilities and career interests. Successful completion of the assessment results in a Career Readiness Certificate that is useful in applying for further education and employment.

Youth County Profiles
Where do youth work? What types of industries are more likely to hire younger workers? Does more education really pay? These county-specific handouts are designed to provide information on employment trends for youth up to age 24.

Fast Facts
What types of career opportunities are available in Central Pennsylvania? These handouts are career-oriented to help you learn more about the growth potential and occupations in the region’s targeted industry clusters.