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

Dr. Dewey Dellinger
Vice President-Academic Affairs
Gaston College


Larry Garland
Charlotte Paint Company


Paula Brinkley
Foster Care
Gaston County DHHS


Brett Buchanan
CTE Director
Gaston County Schools


Cynthia Buchanan
Economic Support Services Administrator
Gaston County DHHS


Danielle Gibson
Gaston County Sheriff’s Office


Brandon Price
Teamsters Union/UPS
Wendy Whisnant
Juvenile Restitution
Alliance for Children & Youth


Loretta Johnson
Community Service Specialist
Gastonia Housing Authority


Leah Campbell
Workforce Development Services
Goodwill Industries


Kelly Link
Education Coordinator
Gaston Literacy


Jessica Capers
A Place of Refuge


Kira Pitts

Out of School Youth NextGen Program