A Force to be Reckoned With

As the future of our workforce, your uninhibited hope and vision for progress give you the extraordinary opportunity to dream of a better future and the ability to make it happen. Unencumbered by the responsibilities of adulthood, you have the chance to invest in yourself and embrace your role as the future of our community. Our services are of particular use to veterans, military spouses, youth in foster care, young adults who dropped out of high school, those who are deficient in reading or math, those who are behind in grade level, applicants that are pregnant or parenting, individuals with disabilities, and those who are homeless or considered runaways.

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Determine Your Eligibility
Eligible Participants Are:
  • Between the ages of 14 and 24
  • Residents of El Paso, Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, or Presidio County
  • A U.S. Citizen or a non-citizen authorized to work in the United States
  • Registered for Military Selective Service if a male over the age of 18
available services

We offer the following at no cost to teens and young adultss:

Innovative Programs
Career Counselor
Interactive Workshops
Gas Money
Career Planning
One-Of-A-Kind Career Explorations
Job-Related Financial Assistance
Child Care

The NextForce programs provide many different services to help you prepare for post-secondary training or enter the workforce.

1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction, and Dropout Prevention activities that lead to completion of a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.

2. Alternative Secondary School and Dropout Recovery Services assist youth who have struggled in traditional secondary education or who have dropped out of school.

3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experience is a structured learning experience in a workplace and provides opportunities for career exploration and skill development; the work experience definition includes summer employment, pre-apprenticeship, internships, job shadows and on-the-job training opportunities.

4. Occupational Skills Training is an organized program of study that provides specific skills and leads to proficiency in an occupational field.

5. Education Offered Concurrently with Workforce Preparation is an integrated education and training model combining workforce preparation, basic academic skills, and occupational skills.

6. Leadership Development Opportunities encourage responsibility, confidence, employability, self-determination, and other positive social behaviors.

7. Supportive Services enable an individual to participate in WIOA activities. Examples include assistance with transportation, books, work-clothing, tools, childcare, legal aid services and other supports. Service providers should establish linkages with entities that can provide non-WIOA funded supportive services.

8. Adult Mentoring is a formal relationship between a youth and an adult mentor with structured activities where the mentor offers guidance, support, and encouragement.

9. Follow-up Services are provided following program exit to help ensure youth succeed in employment or education.

10. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling provides individualized counseling to participants, including drug/alcohol and mental health counseling.

11. Financial Literacy Education provides youth with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve long-term financial stability.

12. Entrepreneurial Skills Training provides the basics of starting and operating a small business and develops entrepreneurial skills.

13. Services that Provide Labor Market Information offer employment and labor market information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations.

14. Postsecondary Preparation and Transition Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training.

NextForce Success Stories

Addison came to WSB after her employer closed their doors and she was left without a job and three kids to feed. Working with a WSB Career Counselor, Addison was able to enroll in a technical program, qualify for a scholarship, and train for a new career. Within 18 months, she completed the program, found new employment and began earning a higher wage than she had previously received.

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