The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board oversees federal Workforce Innovations & Opportunities Act (WIOA) funding serving  eligible In-School and Out-of-School youth in Berkshire County.

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. This programming is most imperative for Berkshire County as it serves as one of many workforce development initiatives in addressing the region’s population decline, widening skills gap and low youth employment rate. WIOA outlines a broader youth vision that supports an integrated service delivery system and provides a framework through which local areas can leverage other federal, state, local, and philanthropic resources to support in-school youth (ISY) and out-of-school youth (OSY). WIOA charges local workforce areas to provide a continuum of high-quality, evidence-based services and programs for all youth and young adults, including career exploration and guidance, continuous support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in high-demand industries and occupations, placement in secure jobs along a career pathway and enrollment in post-secondary education.

FY2021 Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Youth Programming : Request For Funding Proposal

***PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DURING COVID-19 – If your organization is planning to submit a proposal for FY21 WIOA Youth Programming, please contact Heather Williams, BWB Youth Director at youthdirector@masshireberkshire.com to make delivery arrangements by May 8th at noon. 

Q&A – FY21 WIOA Youth Request For Funding Proposal

Please note that a Bidder’s Conference will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:00 am at the BWB Office located at 66 Allen Street in Pittsfield (Central Fire Station Building next to City Hall) to address this solicitation. Please confirm your attendance at this Bidder’s Conference to youthdirector@masshireberkshire.com.  Attendance at this conference is not a requirement for response submission.

Applications are due no later than 12 p.m. on May 8, 2020

All questions regarding this Request for Proposals must be submitted in writing to youthdirector@masshireberkshire.com  . Questions may be received until May 1, 2020. Please allow 24 hours for all questions and responses to be posted on the BWB website at https://masshireberkshire.com/.  **No phone calls please.**

2019 WIOA Youth Programming is being implemented through the following organization:


Out-of-School WIOA programming serves eligible youth ages 16-24 who are no longer enrolled in school having dropped out or are not enrolled in post secondary education/training.

Youth are provided with essential college & career development and training leading to employment, post-secondary placement, life skill development and HiSet attainment.Youth have access to related services including the Young Parents Program, DTA Skills Program and Post Employment Services.

Under WIOA, an Out-of-School Youth is an individual who is:

(a) Not attending any school (as defined under State law);
(b) Not younger than 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment. Because age eligibility is based on age at enrollment, participants may continue to receive services beyond the age of 24 once they are enrolled in the program; and
(c) One or more of the following:

(1) A school dropout;
(2) A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. School year calendar quarter is based on how a local school district defines its school year quarters;
(3) A 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;
(4) An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system;
(5) A homeless individual, a runaway, an individual who is in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act, or an individual who is in an out-of-home placement;
(6) An individual who is pregnant or parenting;
(7) An individual with a disability;
(8) A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment. (WIOA sections 3(46) and 129(a)(1)(B).)

Under WIOA, an In-School Youth is an individual who is:

(a) Attending school;
(b) Not younger than 14 or older than 21 at the time of enrollment;
(c) Be low income (includes residing in a designated high poverty area), and
(d) Have one or more of the following barriers as provided in WIOA section 129(a)(1)(C)(iv):

(1) Basic skills deficient;
(2) An English language learner;
(3) An offender;
(4) A homeless youth or a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system;
(5) Pregnant or parenting;
(6) A youth who is an individual with a disability;
(7) An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.


  1. Tutoring, Study Skills and Dropout Prevention Strategies
  2. Alternative Secondary School
  3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experience (Career Exploration, Skill Building)
  4. Occupational Skills Training
  5. Leadership Development
  6. Supportive Services
  7. Adult Mentoring
  8. Follow-up Services
  9. Comprehensive guidance and counseling
  10. Integrated education and training for a specific occupation or cluster
  11. Financial Literacy Education
  12. Entrepreneurial Skills Training
  13. Services that provide Labor Market Information
  14. Postsecondary preparation and transition activities

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