Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program

The YouthSource Program serves Southeast Washington County. The YouthSource program assists youth in obtaining their educational credentials while receiving support services, high school credit courses, employment readiness training and job development services. Preparation/transition services for advanced training and college studies are also integrated into program services. Incentivized service learning and paid work-based learning experiences are available through the on-site entrepreneurship program The Supa Fresh Youth Farm, as well as with other businesses and organizations.

The YouthSource Program is funded by Worksystems, Inc. through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor: Equal Opportunity Employer. Auxiliary aides and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


Service Area – Southeast Washington County


Participant Expectations

  • Participants must attend all required classes and appointments, and be punctual. 


  • Complete assignments and participation requirements
  • Committed to obtaining an educational credential
  • Willing to work, join the military, or attend college/advanced training upon program completion
  • Participate in community-based and work-based projects


  • Participate with a positive attitude

Program Eligibility

To qualify you must be:

  •  Age 16-24
  • Low Income*

AND–Have One or More Barriers to Employment:

  • High School Drop Out, Expelled/Suspended
  • Basic Skills Deficient: Math or Reading
  • Limited English Proficiency
  • Disabled/Handicapped/IEP
  • Juvenile Justice Involvement
  • Homeless and/or Runaway
  • In Foster Care
  • Pregnant or Parenting
  • Gang Involved or Affected

*Must meet federal poverty guidelines. Some exceptions apply.

~Interested youth must attend an orientation, fill out an application and schedule an eligibility interview to enroll.  

~Call Luis Diaz Mercado at 503-984-1097 to apply. Yo hablo español.

Program Elements

We are a free program that serves youth in Southeast Washington County to help them identify and pursue their career goals.  Our focus is to support youth academically, to provide pre-employment training and work-based learning opportunities, develop life skills, and to offer training and support to help them transition successfully to college, training or employment after completing high school.  Additionally we seek to provide a safe and positive place for youth that will contribute to their overall well-being.

Our Services Include:

Career-Related Learning Experiences

High School Elective Credit

Career Guidance & Counseling

Paid Internships

Service Learning in our Youth Farm

Career Exploration

Job Search Assistance

Resume Workshops

Job Interview Workshops

CPR/1st Aid Training

Food Handler’s Training

Financial Literacy Training

Computer Literacy Training

FAFSA Assistance

Scholarship Application Assistance

College Tours

Leadership Training

Graduation Support/Incentives

Bus Passes

Clothing Money

Adult Mentoring

Fun! Camping, BBQs, Art Projects

And More!