ACTION, Inc. provides services to in-school youth ages 14-21 and out-of-school youth ages 16-24 aimed at support individual career pathways and long-term academic and occupational learning. The Youth Program is designed to prepare youth to either enter post-secondary education, other types of training or employment upon completion of high school.
Youth program elements consist of:
- Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to the completion of secondary schooling including dropout prevention strategies;
- Alternative secondary school offerings;
- Paid and unpaid work experiences that have academic and occupational education as a component of work experience;
- Occupational skill training;
- Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
- Leadership development opportunities;
- Supportive services;
- Adult mentoring for a duration of at least twelve months, that may occur during and after program participation;
- Follow up services for not less than 12 months after the participant completes the program; and
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling, including drug and alcohol counseling and referral to counseling as appropriate to meet the needs of the participant;
- Financial literacy education;
- Entrepreneurial skills training;
- Services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
- Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training.
- Eligible in-school youth may not be younger than 14 nor older than 21 at the time of enrollment and have qualified barriers to success. Barriers are assessed during the application process.
- Eligible out-of-school youth may not be younger than 16 nor older than 24 at the time of enrollment. Eligible out-of-school youth are those not attending any school who have barriers to success. Barriers are assessed during the application process.