Youth Services

Specialized Services For Youth Ages 16–24

Dedicated Programs …

TENCO provides specialized services for youth ages 16 – 24. Currently, TENCO has one high school program dedicated to assisting seniors at Lewis County Board of Education with preparation for post-secondary and/or employment. The focus of youth funds through WIOA are to serve individuals who have graduated high school but are not attending post-secondary training nor employed, or serve individuals without a high-school diploma.

Youth Services

The following services are available for eligible youth in the ten counties served by TENCO:

  1. Tutoring, study skills training, instruction and evidence-based dropout prevention and recovery strategies that lead to completion of the requirements for a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
  2. Alternative secondary school services, or dropout recovery services.
  3. Paid and unpaid work experiences that have academic and occupational education as a component of the work experience, which may include summer employment, pre-apprenticeship programs, internships and job shadowing, and on-the-job training opportunities.
  4. Occupational skills training that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials that align with in-demand industry sectors or jobs in the local area.
  5. Education offered concurrently with and in the same context s workforce preparation activities and training.
  6. Leadership Development opportunities, including community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social and civic behaviors.
  7. Supportive services.
  8. Adult mentoring – gain valuable knowledge through a mentoring program with individuals selected from the community to help guide career choices.
  9. Follow -up services for no less than 12 months after the completion of the program to ensure success in educational and employment opportunities.
  10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling, as well as referrals to counseling, as appropriate to the needs f the youth.
  11. Financial literacy education – learn about your credit scores, managing finances, taxes, bank accounts, and become financial savvy.
  12. Entrepreneurial skills training – learn about the necessary steps to take in order to start your own business.
  13. Labor Market Information – gain information on the “hot” jobs of today and the future.
  14. Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training.

For information about youth programs available in the TENCO Workforce Development Area, please contact:

Crystal Riddle
Director of Today’s Youth Program
(Serving: Bath, Boyd, Fleming, Greenup, Rowan and Montgomery)
(606) 783-2248

Renee McCane
Director of Empower Youth Program
(Serving: Bracken, Lewis, Mason and Robertson)
(606) 796-3600