Gaston YouthWorks is now NextGen Youth Program!

Gaston Workforce Development Board is excited to announce the new rebranding of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program, formerly YouthWorks. The NextGen Youth program is a year-round program for youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 who face barriers to employment. The NextGen Youth program provides services to help youth and young adults attain educational credentials, enhance their employability, gain college and work readiness skills, find permanent work, and much more!


  • Tutoring, study-skills training and dropout-prevention strategies
  • Alternative secondary school offerings
  • Work experiences including internships and job-shadowing
  • Occupational skills training
  • Education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Supportive services such as transportation
  • Adult mentoring for at least 12 months
  • Follow-up services such as leadership- and career-development activities
  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area such as career-awareness, career-counseling and career-exploration services
  • Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling

To Learn more please contact a NextGen Youth Staff member at (704)-923-8410 today!

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