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President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, A Boost For Young Workers and Job-Seekers


July 22, 2014

[WASHINGTON]—Today, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law, a bill that reauthorizes and extends funding for job-training programs across the country. Investments help job seekers with anything from resume-building and job searches to more intensive assistance and training for specific skills.

“It’s refreshing to see lawmakers come together around bipartisan legislation at a time when many young adults are still struggling to recover from the Great Recession. Young Invincibles applauds the President for signing this important legislation,” said Rory O’Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles. “The bill will help prepare hardworking young Americans for 21st century jobs, better targeting those who need it most.”

The bill improves comprehensive workforce training and education for young adults across the country by targeting the most vulnerable young adults: those who are not in school and unemployed. The bill also makes small funding increases for these critical programs between 2015 and 2020, though discretionary spending caps could prevent these investments from occurring.


Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young adults, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.