Youth Programs

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth program is designed to assist economically disadvantaged youth to overcome barriers that may hinder success in achieving education and employment goals.  Through education, training and work experience, the Twin Districts Workforce Development Area’s youth programs provide comprehensive services that lead youth to self-sufficiency.  The Twin Districts Workforce Development Area provides services to out of school youth (ages 16-24) and in school youth (ages 14-21).

Out of School Programs

Cares of Mississippi
Counties Served:  Jackson
Contact:  Marty Perkins, Executive Director
Phone:  228-769-2323

Climb Community Development Corporation
Counties Served:  Harrison
Contact:  John Whitfield, Executive Director
Phone:  228-864-6677

East Mississippi Community College
Counties Served:  Kemper
Contact:  Dr. Raj Shaunak, Vice President of Workforce and Community Services
Phone:  662-243-1911

Jones College
Counties Served:  Greene and Wayne
Contact:  Jennifer Hughes, Out-of-School Youth Coordinator
Phone:  601-477-3287

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Counties Served:  Stone, George and Harrison
Contact:  John Shows, Associate Vice President Career/ Technical Education and Community Campus
Phone:  228-897-4373

Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District
Counties Served:  Hancock, Jones, Marion and Scott
Contact:  Shonta Duncan
Phone:  601-545-2137

For more information, contact Shonta Duncan at or (601) 545-2137. TDD: (800) 582-2233
SMPDD/TDWDA is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services will be provide to those with disabilities upon request.

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