Department of Family Services - Employment and Training

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
703-533-5400 TTY 711
Virginia Career Works – Fairfax Annandale Center - 7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing) Suite 300W
Annandale, VA 22003
Lisa Tatum

Employment and Training Programs for Young Adults

  • Do you feel stuck in minimum wage jobs? 
  • Are you unsure about school or employment? 
  • Do you want to have a say in your future?
  • Are you between the ages of 17 and 24?

We can help!

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Program 

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program assists youth that are out of school or close to graduating high school to access training opportunities and supports to obtain employment in high-demand jobs. 

  • Job readiness assistance
  • GED preparation 
  • Career coaching 
  • Career training and credentials 
  • Paid work experience 
  • Assistance paying for work tools and uniforms as well as other employment supports 
  • Job placement assistance in high demand employment industries 

  • Ages 17-24 years old
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Meet income requirements  
  • Registered for Selective Services (males, 18+)

Additionally meets at least one of the following criteria: 

  • Below 9th grade level in reading or math (based on program-provided TABE assessment) 
  • Left school before receiving high school diploma or GED 
  • Do not have a stable housing situation 
  • Justice involved 
  • Have a disability 
  • In or aging out of foster care 
  • Pregnant or parenting 
  • English language learner 

Educating Youth through Employment Summer Program 

EYE provides youth ages 16-24 with a paid summer work experience to build workplace skills, explore areas of interest, and prepare youth for future work opportunities. The goal is to place youth participants in a field that aligns with their career goals. 

The Northern Virginia Educating Youth through Employment (EYE) Program is a six-week summer initiative that recruits, screens and matches youth ages 16-24 with professional job opportunities. 

  • Build a pipeline of young talent
  • Give back to the community by mentoring the rising workforce.
  • Youth participants receive individualized support from EYE Counselors

Contact if you are interested in supporting a youth work experience. 

EYE Youth will participate in interactive and engaging workshops to prepare them for employment and provide an introduction to career exploration. Youth then complete six-weeks of paid work experience in a career field that matches their interests. Throughout the program, EYE counselors work with youth to provide support as needed. 

Youth are selected to participate in EYE by sponsoring organizations or the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program. Youth must meet the following criteria: 

  • Between the ages of 16-24 
  • Actively participating in services through the referring organization  
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States 
  • Expressed interest in finding employment and participating with EYE 
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and attend training workshops through the six-weeks of the program 

For additional information on becoming a sponsor, visit:

For questions, please email

Youth Activities 

Employment & Training Youth Programs focus is to create leaders into their motivated best.  This is done so by allowing their voices to be heard and meeting the youth where they are. E & T Youth counselors work to build trust and connect with youth ages 16 – 24 to assist them in navigating their selected career and education path. 

View our calendar and register for upcoming events. 

Healthy Living Workshop
Tuesday, March 5, 1-3 p.m.
Hybla Valley Community Center (7950 Audubon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22306)

Join us for an engaging workshop designed for young adults (16-24) focusing on 'Healthy Living'. This workshop covers important topics such as preventative health education, fostering healthy relationships, and understanding substance misuse. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and empower yourself! Learn more and register.

March Madness Youth Gaming Tournament
Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hybla Valley Community Center (7950 Audubon Avenue, Alexandria VA 22306)

Join us for a 4-round youth gaming tournament with free food and drinks, and win prizes! Register now.

For questions, please email

Unlocking Opportunities, Strategies for Job Fairs
This webinar will explore crucial tips and presenting yourself at hiring events and job fairs. Making positive impression is key to kick starting your career journey. 

Dress for Success
This webinar goes over the importance of establishing a positive image in the workplace. 

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