Goodwill's YouthWorks Program offers free employment assistance programs for youth
February 15, 2022
YouthWorks, a program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is now recruiting young adults, ages 18-24, who can benefit from free Goodwill programs.
The organization offers assistance for young people who need help finding a job, enrolling in a community college or university, or who are looking to make a career change. Goodwill can also help those who need to get their GED in addition to a host of supportive services including transportation, financial literacy, and individualized community-based case management services.
Specific young adult programs include:
• LifeLaunch: Ignite – targeting young adults who are or have been justice involved and want to work towards a career based on their interest and skills.
Examples of young adults who are justice involved include:
o Individuals who are or have been on juvenile or adult probation
o Individuals who are or have been incarnated,
o Individuals who have been or are part of or aged out of the foster care system
o Individuals who may be pending charges/court hearing
The program offers an initial assessment and evaluation, job training, support with job search, and additional assistance including transportation, career exploration, mentoring, and follow up and support for an additional year.
• Retail Training Program – targeting young adults looking to begin a career in retail but who need work experience. The 12-week program prepares individuals for a job in retail, and pays between $10.50 to 10.75 an hour while training in a Goodwill store. Participants who successfully complete the program are guaranteed a job at a Goodwill store in their community.
• IMPACT Job Search – targeting young adults considering college or starting a job search. This program offers a premier job readiness curriculum, mobile case management, assistance with resumes, mock interviews, and job search planning.