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YouthWorks celebrates programs' participants

 


YouthWorks will hold a recognition ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of 26 individuals who have recently completed their participation in the JumpStart Success program, as well as the RISE (Re-entry through Industry Specific Education) Project.

This first of its kind ceremony for these two YouthWorks programs will take place on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Goodwill training facility, 2400 East Carson Street in South Side. YouthWorks is a program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“We are extremely proud of all of the individuals for how well they have succeeded in these two programs,” said Tamica Mickle, director of YouthWorks. “They have faced challenges in the past and they have all worked so hard to make the most their training goals. They have the determination and confidence to move on to employment and greater success.”

JumpStart Success is YouthWorks’ signature job readiness and career exploration training curriculum for teenagers and young adults. JumpStart Success participants who will be recognized at the ceremony have completed a 10-week employment training program, which included learning how to write a resume, mock interviewing, understanding employer expectations, and learning how to get and keep a job.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion recognizing that they have attended all of the necessary trainings in the JumpStart Success program.

RISE is a free vocational program for students ages 17-24. RISE gives students the opportunity to earn their GED® while receiving job training for work in construction and maintenance fields. RISE participants have already received a free set of tools and a tool box to recognize their success in the RISE project.

At the graduation ceremony, they will receive their JumpStart Success completion certificate and Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate in Building Construction Technology from the Home Builder’s Institute. 

One individual who will be recognized at the ceremony is James Reed Jr. James started on his path to success at Goodwill, where he attained his GED certificate. Soon after, he was referred to RISE based on his interest in construction. He successfully completed his training in RISE, received his driver’s license, and is now starting the application process to join the Carpenter’s Union.

Visit http://www.goodwillswpa.org/youth-services to learn more about JumpStart Success and RISE.

 

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