Before becoming a participant in the Out-of-School Youth program, an individual must complete eligibility determination and documentation verification. Determining whether youth are eligible to participate in the Out-of-School Youth Program involves multiple factors including age, school status, barriers to employment, and others. Individuals must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

1. Be eighteen (18) to twenty-four (24) years of age; and

2. Be a United States citizen or have the right to work; and

3. Be registered for selective service (applicable males); and

4. Not attending school; and

5. One or more of the following:

  • a. School dropout
  • b. Within the age of compulsory school attendance but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter
  • c. Subject to the juvenile or adult justice system
  • d. Homeless
  • e. Runaway
  • f. Foster care
  • g. Pregnant or parenting
  • h. Disability
  • i. 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*
  • j. Low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment*


*Low-income is defined as one or more of the following:

  • Receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Receiving assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program
  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Family Income at or below the WIOA Federal Income Guidelines
  • Lives in a high-poverty area