Employment Navigation & Support Services

Connected Lane County is proud to offer a variety of services to unhoused and in-need youth in our area, offering crucial support for education, career goals, financial stability, mental health services, and more.

Utilizing federal WIOA (Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act) funds, Connected Lane County Employment Facilitators work alongside local Bethel and Looking Glass staff to provide youth support to Creswell, Cottage Grove, Lowell, Oakridge, Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Fern Ridge, Crow-Applegate-Lorane, Siuslaw, and Mapleton. Our Employment Facilitators work closely with youth to provide any support they may need to obtain educational success, employment, housing stability, financial literacy, and more.

Employment

  • Job counseling and workforce preparation
  • Elevate tours and career skills webinars
  • Job shadows and paid work placement opportunities
  • Job search, resume, and application help
  • Occupational skills training, apprenticeships, trade school support

Adult Skills Mentoring

  • Housing application support
  • Navigating OHP and healthcare systems
  • Application support for unemployment, Social Security, driver’s licenses, and more

Education

  • Tutoring
  • School re-enrollment support
  • Resource specialist connections
  • GED preparation
  • School supply provision
  • Post-secondary support for college applications, financial aid, and more

Financial Literacy

  • Personal Finance Classes through our partners at DevNW, with personal instruction on budgeting, banking, credit health, and more
  • Partnership with OCCU for specialized account setup

Mental Health

  • Support for finding counselors and therapists
  • Personal support from our Employment Facilitators

Enrollment Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the WIOA program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 14-21 and enrolled in school, or 16-24 and not enrolled in school
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Meet low-income guidelines AND one or more of the following criteria: withdrew from school, foster youth, juvenile offender, disabled (including mental health diagnoses), teen parent or pregnant, unhoused, runaway, low literacy skills

If you meet these criteria and would like to apply or have any questions about the program, please inquire below or contact Brianna Vincent at bvincent@lesd.k12.or.us.

Inquire for Application Here

WIOA Youth Testimony

Danielle is a youth that enrolled in WIOA in December 2020. When she first came into the program, Danielle was 17 years old, disengaged from school, unhoused, and involved in the juvenile justice system. In the three months since enrolling, Danielle has found housing stability in a transitional living house, started mental health counseling support, and re-enrolled in school. Recently, Danielle completed the five-week DevNW Youth Financial Foundations course and was able to open a bank account through Connected Lane County’s partnership with Oregon Community Credit Union. Danielle claims her biggest success in the program as “getting back into school and getting job experience.”

 

The most beneficial thing: “WIOA helped me achieve getting my forms of identification like my driver's permit and my birth certificate.”