1. Not attending any secondary or post-secondary school (not including Title II Adult Education).
2. Age 16-24 years old.
3. One or more of the following barriers:
a. A school dropout.
b. A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance (16-17), but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year quarter.
c. A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is either basic skills deficient or an English language learner.
d. An offender.
e. A homeless individual or a runaway.
f. An individual in foster care or who has aged out of the foster care system or who has attained 16 years of age and left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, a child eligible for assistance under Section 477 of the Social Security Act, or in an out-of-home placement.
g .An individual who is pregnant or parenting (custodial and non-custodial parent including non-custodial fathers).
h. An individual with a disability.
i. A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.
WorkStartYES (Youth Education and Employment Services) is a joint partnership program between San Joaquin County WorkNet and the San Joaquin County Office of Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) The program is free of cost to participants and dedicated to helping at-risk young adults attain their educational and occupational goals by providing high school completion or GED assistance, supportive services, work readiness and soft skills training, career exploration opportunities, financial literacy workshops, resume building, cover letter and job application assistance, paid work experience and many other services that empower our participants to succeed and reach their goals. All participants must be 16 to 24 years old.