Eligibility

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the term "eligible in-school youth" is defined as an individual who is attending school between the ages of 14-21, is classified as low-income and one or more of the following: 

  • Deficient in basic literacy skills
  • An English language learner
  • Homeless, a runaway, or a foster child
  • Pregnant or a parenting youth
  • An offender
  • An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment

The term "eligible out-of-school youth" is defined as an indiviual who is not attending school between the ages of 16-24 and is classified as one or more of the following:

  • A school dropout
  • A youth in the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter
  • A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income indiviual and is
    • Deficient in basic literacy skills or
    • An English language learner
  • Homeless, a runaway, or foster child
  • Youth with a disability
  • Pregnant or a parenting youth
  • An offender
  • A low-income youth who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment

To determine if you qualify for services, follow the steps listed below.

Step 1

Gather relevant information and documentation before you check your eligibility status. Listed below are helpful documents to compile:

  • Date of Birth
    • Birth certificate
    • Baptismal record
    • State ID
    • Driver’s license
    • Passport
    • DD-214
  • Social Security Number
    • Social security card
    • Print out from Social Security Administration
  • Veteran Status
    • DD-214
    • Letter from Administration
  • Income*
    • Pay stub within the last 30 days
    • Employer letter within the last 30 days
    • TANF Award letter within the last six months
    • Food stamp letter within the last six months
    • Letter from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, that includes date, case number, case worker signature and address within the last six months
    • Alimony statement within the last six months
    • Veteran’s letter within the last six months
    • Pension statement within the last six months
    • Letter from Foster Care (DHS) within the last six months
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) within the last six months
    • Social Security within the last six months
    • *All documents must contain the applicant’s name
  • Selective Service (All males born on or after January 1, 1960)
    • Selective Service Card
    • On-line verification
    • Disposition letter from Selective Service
  • All males born after January 1, 1960 are required to register for Selective Service. You may register online at: www.sss.gov
  • Dislocated/Laid-off Worker
    • Verification from employer
    • Rapid Response list
    • Notice of layoff
    • Public announcement with follow-up cross match with unemployment insurance

Step 2

Contact Jessica Croslow, WIN’s Youth Services Mgr. at 636-7927. You may book an appointment to meet with a Youth Services Specialist who will guide you through the eligibility process. You may be asked to attend a general informational session. If you have been previously employed, you will need to bring all documentation related to your job displacement, employment and training history, and your current financial situation.