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 https://youth.workforcegps.org/resources/2017/04/05/11/08/YouthCommittee

 

Gaston County WIOA Youth Committee

Dr. Dennis McElhoe
Vice President-Economic & Workforce Development
Gaston College

 

Larry Garland
Owner
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

 

Deputy Kevin Lail
Gaston County Sheriff’s Office
Wendy Whisnant
Juvenile Restitution
Alliance for Children & Youth

 

Loretta Johnson
Community Service Specialist
Gastonia Housing Authority

 

Cindy Ritchie
Workforce Development Services
Goodwill Industries

 

Kelly Link
Education Coordinator
Gaston Literacy

 

Jessica Capers
Coordinator
A Place of Refuge