Virginia Workforce Network

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Nominations to the Youth Council:

Youth Council members must be residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia with an interest or involvement in youth issues. To nominate an individual use the official nomination form and submit it to the Western Virignia Workforce Development Board administrative office by mail: 108 N. Jefferson St. Suite 809, Roanoke, VA 24016
or fax: 540-767-6084.

Youth Council

The Youth Council is an integral part of the local Workforce Investment Board. Council members serve as advocates for local area youth and ensure workforce training activities are available to youth in the area. The Youth Council brings together individuals from a range of local program and policy areas who can affect the success of young people in the labor market and beyond. Membership includes members of the Workforce Development Board; educators and employers; youth service agency staff, including juvenile justice and law enforcement; the local public housing authority; parents; former participants; Job Corps representatives; as well as other key local experts experienced in meeting the needs of area youth, such as representatives of community-based organizations, vocational rehabilitation, and organized labor.

  • Paul Paradzinski
  • Joe Annarino
    Community Youth Advocate
  • Jill Barnett
    Covington/Alleghany Department of Social Service
  • Laura Elliott
    Junior Achievement
  • Cindy Goldstein
    Roanoke City Schools
  • Barbara Humphreys
    Franklin County Schools
  • Melissa Woodson
    Total Action for Progress Youth Programs
  • Gail Johnson
    Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Michele Wells
    Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Zenith Barrett
    One-Stop Center Manager
  • Yvonne Thomas
    Roanoke Development and Housing Authority
  • Leah Hatcher
    UMFS Project Life
  • Stephanie Hoer
    Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
  • Melissa Dow
    WIA Youth Representative
  • James "Jim" Harper
    Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Robin Royer
    City of Roanoke, Department of Social Services
  • Elizabeth Stevens
  • Jobs Corp of America