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Program Goal

The goal of the WIA Youth Program is to better prepare young adults, ages 14-21, for education and employment by coordinating funds and services in the community. WIA service providers provide youth services through the Lee County Youth and Family Services and serve youth from both Chatham and Lee County in their respective counties as much as possible.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible youth must reside in Chatham or Lee County, meet income guidelines, be between the ages of 14-21 and have at least one of the following specified barriers to employment or education. Barriers include youth who are a school dropout; have reading and/or math scores below the 9th grade level; homeless, runaway or foster child; offender; pregnant or pregnant or those in need of additional assistance.


The WIA program sponsored by Triangle South (formally Mid-Carolina) Workforce Development Board and provided by Lee County Youth and Family Services seeks to empower the nation's young job seekers through education and employment training and supportive services. By providing youth with a sense of personal and community responsibility, WIA seeks to meet the needs of local businesses by providing work readiness training and on-the job experience to at-risk youth and increase the availability of qualified job seekers in the application pool.


Our slogan is: Be E3: Be Empowered. Be Educated. Be Employable. This states exactly what our program looks to provide to the communities through youth services. Youth engaged in the youth program are not given a hand up but rather offered a hand up. They are afforded an alternative option or route to success through empowerment, education and employability skills.


Please contact a member of the WIA Team for more information:

  • Margaret Johnson; Program Manager
    (919) 718-4650 ext. 5232
  • Geraldine Meadows; Youth Case Manager
    (919) 718-4650 ext. 5541
    mobile: (919) 935-4660
  • Michael (Mike) Williams; Youth Case Manager
    (919) 718-4650 ext. 5543
    mobile: (919) 548-5691 (local to Siler City, Sanford, and Pittsboro)
  • Charlotte Leach; Harnett County Youth Program
    (910) 814-4042