Empowering Young Adults

At Charlotte Works, our ability to convene community partners and align workforce interests extends to the youth and young adults in our community. We’ve developed a work-based learning collaborative to provide soft-skills training programs, employer engagement efforts, community partner data, as well as labor market information to all youth-serving organizations providing work-based learning/career development activities in Mecklenburg County.

If anyone wants to get involved with the youth and young adult work-based learning collaborative, contact Anna London at alondon@charlotteworks.com.

Youth & Young Adult Services

Inspired by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the NCWorks NextGen program serves two purposes: it empowers young people who face various barriers to employment, and it bolsters Charlotte’s ever-growing workforce. Determining whether young adults are eligible to participate in the NCWorks NextGen program involves multiple factors including age, school status, barriers to employment and income. For example, young adults must be between the ages of 16 to 24 and have one or more of the following barriers:

  • be a high-school dropout; and/or
  • deficient in math and reading; and/or
  • an English language-learner; and/or
  • homeless, runaway or foster child; and/or
  • aged out of the foster care system;
  • pregnant or parenting; and/or
  • an offender.

NextGen provides these young adults with specific services designed to prepare them for the workforce, and to find sustained employment success.

Within the program, participants receive:

  • 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

Out-of-School Youth

The Out-of-School Youth (OSY) program is a year-round program for young adults ages 16 to 24 who are not working, who are not in school or who face other barriers to employment. It provides services to help them attain educational credentials, upgrade their job skills and find permanent work.

For more information, contact:

Central Piedmont Community College
1412 E. Fourth Street, Education Center Building, Room 102
Charlotte, NC 28204


ResCare Workforce Services
5500 Executive Center Drive, Suite 235
Charlotte, NC 28212

In-School Youth

The In-School Youth (ISY) program provides year-round services to high school juniors and seniors with barriers to employment. It helps participants explore and develop career goals through work-based learning, graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. MeckEd provides in-school services in these Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools: Garinger, Harding, Independence and Vance.

For more information, contact:

129 W Trade St., # 1555, Charlotte, NC 28202