The Youth Council of the Luzerne Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board (LS WIB) is required under Title 1 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Youth Council provides expertise in youth policy for the local workforce investment board. Youth Council members represent a diverse population of stakeholders from the private sector in the two county region. Youth Council will plan, develop, and oversee efforts related to education and preparation of young people for successful careers and life-long learning.
Responsibilities of the Youth Council include:
- Coordinating youth activities in the workforce region;
- Developing portions of the local plan related to eligible youth, as determined by the WIB;
- Recommending eligible youth service providers in accordance with the WIA, to be awarded grants or contracts on a competitive basis by the local board;
- Conducting oversight with respect to eligible providers of youth activities in the local area, subject to the approval of the LS WIB;
- Carrying out other duties, as authorized by the LS WIB such as establishing linkages with education agencies and other youth entities.
Youth Council assists the local WIB in:
- Planning local youth training policies;
- Enlarging the communities’ view of the youth employment and training system;
- Working with organizations that serve the youth in the area;
- Looking at issues that could have an impact upon the success of youth in the labor market.
The Youth Council of the Luzerne Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board meets six times per year; February, April, June, August, October, and December, at various locations in the two county area.
Youth Council Sponsored Events
Schuylkill County Career Fair
Approximately 800 students attended the Career Fair from 10 school districts (Mahanoy Area, Pottsville Area, Tamaqua, Shenandoah Valley, North Schuylkill, Williams Valley, Schuylkill Haven, Pine Grove, Minersville Area, Blue Mountain , and Schuylkill I.U. #29) attended.
Twenty nine employers and Industry Partnership officials manned booths and provided hand outs for youth and fielded questions.
Youth Mini Conference
In School Youth
ReSCare Workforce Services, provider of youth services for Luzerne County conducted a Youth Mini Conference at Luzerne County Community College (LCCC). Over 55 youth from ReSCare’s in school youth program participated. The conference provided youth with information on the admissions process which included information on financial aid. A tour of the campus also occurred. Job Corps with two locations in northeastern Pennsylvania provided a presentation on opportunities available to youth at their facilities. LCCC staff from the engineering, photography, and the communications department gave presentations and tours of their respective departments.
Youth Council Sponsored Initiatives
Focused on Literacy
Hazleton Area School District Migrant Education Program
Funding to purchase computers and software for an after school program for youth in the Hazleton Area School District. Program elements include pre and post testing, measurable outcomes which include increases in number of words read per minute, grade level increases, and number of books read.
Lehigh Carbon Community College-SHINE Program
Funding for youth and families to boost reading and financial literacy. Partnering with two libraries and a 4-H program in Schuylkill County. Students and parents will be exposed to the workings of a library while learning about finances. Parents and students will also be instructed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers.
Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
Funding for a home based literacy program and camp which will include youth and their parents to encourage and foster reading in the home.
Osterhout Free Library-Summer Reading Kickoff Program
Kickoff for summer reading program at four locations. Two events are scheduled to encourage participation in the program which aims to increase the number of books read by students, increase in program attendance levels, and partnering with three nonprofits to encourage student participation.
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29
Funding for a home based literacy program which includes youth and their parents to encourage library membership, encourage reading at home, career awareness by enrolling at PA Careerlink®, setting career goals, increasing literacy level, and promotion to next grade level.