NextGen (Youth): Workforce Service for Ages 16-24

Posted in: Workforce & Economy

WorkSource Atlanta Regional’s NextGen program provides year-round workforce training and education program for people 16-24 years old who live in Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties.

Participants must meet low-income guidelines and possess significant and defined barriers to education and employment. Programs are funded by the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and provided by contracted providers in each county. The Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board (ARWDB) NextGen Committee provides expertise in youth policy and assists the ARWDB in developing and recommending youth employment and training policy.

To learn more about WorkSource Atlanta Regional NextGen programs in your county, contact the program providers in your county:

Cherokee County

Cherokee Youth Works
100 Hickory Circle
Canton, GA  30115

Clayton County

WorkSource Atlanta Regional
Brittney Oquendo

Hearts to Nourish Hope
640 Hwy 138 SW
Riverdale, GA  30274

809 Flint River Rd.
Jonesboro, GA 30238

The Bridge Academy In-School Youth Provider
The Bridge Academy serves all counties
3707 Main Street
College Park, GA  30337

Douglas County

PEPP, Inc.
8355 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100
Douglasville, GA  30134
770-577-7771 x 302

Fayette County

1572 Highway 85, Suite 338
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Gwinnett County

WorkSource Atlanta Regional
Brittney Oquendo

Center for Pan Asian Community (CPACS)
2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 242
Duluth, GA  30096
770-936-0969 ext. 125

Hearts to Nourish Hope
585 Old Norcross Road, Suite K
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

(Primary Location)
1585 Old Norcross, Suite 208
Lawrenceville, GA

(Secondary Location)
3885 Crestwood Parkway NW, Suite 200
Duluth, GA  30096

Henry County

Connecting Henry
66 Veterans Drive
McDonough, GA  30253

Rockdale County

1400 Parker Road
Conyers, GA 30094

To find WorkSource programs elsewhere in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Economic Development WIOA Career Centers.

Success Stories

Employers such as the South State Bank, the Riverdale Fire Department and others have provided on the job training skills training and more to young people.

VIDEO – Mauricio Ayala

VIDEO – Lil Jimmy Productions

Job Search Tips

Young woman in job interview

Develop Your “Elevator Pitch”

Develop a 30-second “elevator pitch” that tells who you are, that you are looking for a job and what field you are targeting. Make sure to mention what parts of the region you are willing to work, whether you have a car/transportation, and when you are able to start.

Exchanging business cards

Create Personal Info Cards

Put key information on a 3×5 index card to distribute to prospective employers.

Helpful Websites

Youth Grievance and Complaint Procedures

If you believe you have been harmed by a violation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or regulations of this program, you have the right to file a grievance/complaint as well as request information and assistance with filing a complaint.

Youth Grievance Procedures

For more information about NextGen, send an email to: