Katelynn came to Goodwill through our partnership with Ohio Means Jobs – Morrow County. She is a participant in the Morrow County E.D.G.E. Program.
This innovative program helps low-income young adults (ages 14-24) build career paths, find employment, and break the cycle of poverty. Service strategies, provided by Goodwill, prepare youth for employment and/or post-secondary education through strong linkages between academic and occupational learning. Youth funds, provided by Ohio Means Jobs – Morrow County, are targeted at young people who are both in and out of school, to assist them in their career and educational development.
Services available include: paid/unpaid work experience, tutoring, career coaching, counseling, mentoring, leadership development, driver license attainment, help with budgeting, preparing for college and or work, credential training, transportation, child care, uniforms and work related tools.
In just under a year of joining the program, with a lot of hard work, financial and services support, Katelynn was able to thrive. She graduated high school on the honor roll, attained various certifications through Tri-Rivers’ Construction Program, and landed a job in the plumbing and construction field.
Katelynn has applied for an apprenticeship that includes union membership and post-secondary education. In addition to school and work, she is also on the Junior Fair Board and uses that platform for networking and community service.
Katelynn is already succeeding, and she is on a path to excel. Katelynn is Goodwill Strong.