Youth Committees can make a difference in the lives of our young people. They can be the architects for building (or enhancing) comprehensive and effective youth service delivery systems. Local WDBs should encourage Youth Committees to play a major role in implementing quality programs and bringing business, parents, participants, and stakeholders together to solve problems.

WIOA also mandates that the Youth Committee members reflect the needs of the local community and be comprised of members who are appointed for their experience and expertise in serving eligible youth. A Local WDB may designate an existing entity, like a Youth Council, to serve as the Youth Committee; however, that entity must meet the WIOA membership requirements discussed above.

A Youth Committee Guide under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (Spring 2017), USDOL Employment & Training Administration


Gaston County WIOA Youth Committee

Greg Smith
Vice President-Academic Affairs
Gaston College


Selina Lee
WD Lee & Company


Donna Caskey
GSM Services


Paula Brinkley
Foster Care
Gaston County DHHS


Brett Buchanan
CTE Director
Gaston County Schools


Apryl Smith
Economic Support Services Coordinator
Gaston County DHHS


Brandon Price
Teamsters Union/UPS
Dulce Carter
Teen Court Coordinator
Terry Sanford
Community Service Specialist
Gastonia Housing Authority


Elizabeth Romero
Workforce Development Services
Goodwill Industries


Kelly Link
Education Coordinator
Gaston Literacy


Jessica Capers
A Place of Refuge


Danielle Gibson
Gaston County Sheriff’s Office


True Love

Next Gen Youth Program Public Sector