Youth Programs

Helping young adults succeed

Our youth programs help guide youth on their way to becoming self-sufficient and productive adults. We assist young adults, ages 14 to 24, in developing the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work.

Retail Work Study Program

Partnering with local high schools, students are transported to Goodwill retail stores as part of their school day. Students have the opportunity to receive firsthand work experience while under the guidance of a job coach. The coach works closely with the students to ensure they receive adequate support and feedback through the course of the program.

Youth Jobs Program

This program helps youth (ages 14-24) prepare for and find meaningful employment. Before coming to Goodwill for services, the youth complete a comprehensive assessment to address supportive service needs and potential barriers to employment, as well as skills and interests assessments to evaluate strengths and assist in career exploration. Depending on needs, the youth have access to work experience, tutoring, training, supportive services, counseling, and leadership; activities.

Summer Youth Program

The goal of the Summer Youth Program is to provide valuable work experience while earning a paycheck to help meet basic needs. The summer employment program offers the opportunity for youth to develop a work history and have a current reference from an employer. Goodwill is responsible for placing the youth at job-sites, as well as providing training, job coaching and mentoring.

The program continues to be a strong employment program for our youth as well as a great opportunity for local businesses. It provides businesses additional summer help and lets them evaluate and observe the youth before a potential job offer.

Youth Job Readiness Training

Goodwill offers job readiness classes that prepare our youth for employment success. The classes are tailored to assist students with the beginning fundamentals needed for seeking and maintaining employment.

Topics Include:

  • Barriers to Employment
  • The Job Search
  • Filling out Job Applications
  • Creating Resumes
  • Interview Skills
  • Soft Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution

For additional information on our Youth Programs, or how your business or organization can become involved, contact us at 740-751-4282 or