Summer Youth Program is a Success

Marion Goodwill’s Summer Youth program is in its third year and is a collaborative project with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). The program is designed to provide students with a variety of team building and vocational exploration experiences structured to help them gather information about the world of work.

As part of the Summer Youth Work Experience program, each student has the opportunity to learn work appropriate skills during the beginning of the program and then, participate in four weeks of work experience in the community at various job sites. This year 46 youth participated in the work experience program at over 16 jobsites. Jobsites included Boys & Girls Club, Buckeye Central High School, Candlewood, Chick-Fil-A, Edison Depot, The Tomorrow Center, Riverside Native Trees as well as our Goodwill stores. The youth were able to work up to 20 hours per week with a direct job coach onsite to support them.

The Summer Youth Career Exploration program had 29 participants this year. During the first 9 days of the service, students attend classes and focus on topics like professionalism, teamwork, business ethics, communication, networking, problem-solving as well as the practical aspects of filling out applications and putting together a resume. They toured businesses and learned about the careers that are available there. Some of the tours included: Marion General Hospital, Whirlpool, Kroger, Boys & Girls Club, Kohl’s, A1 Printing, Baker’s Pizza, Groovy Plants Ranch, Morrow Dog Shelter, Joe’s Tru Value, YMCA and Petco.

Marion Goodwill is grateful to all of our wonderful employers for their support in providing these important work opportunities for the students as well as Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities for making these critical services possible.

 

Summer Youth Programs Keep Youth Busy as Bees!

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

Through our partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, we are working with 37 individuals in our Work Experience Program and 17 individuals in our Career Exploration Program this summer.

Our Work Experience Program helps young people gain work skills, improve their communication skills and their ability to work with others. They are able to develop a work history, as well as gain experience to prepare them for long-term employment and independence. This program begins with one week of education and is followed up with four weeks of work experience.

Our Career Exploration Program is designed for young people who can benefit from learning more about careers that are available in their communities. The program participants have the opportunity to experience a variety of different community worksites and are transported and supported by Goodwill team members at all locations. A variety of work opportunities are explored including, landscaping, food service, day care, retail, warehousing and janitorial, just to name a few.

Through our partnerships with Marion County Job & Family Services, Morrow County Job & Family Services and Crawford County Job & Family Services, we are giving close to 200 young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience this summer. These programs allow the 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 programs continue to be strong employment programs for our youth, as well as a great opportunity for local businesses. Businesses receive additional summer help and they can evaluate and observe the youth before a potential job offer.
Overall, these programs are allowing Goodwill to work with close to 250 young people over the summer months. We have also added an additional 19 job coaches to our staff this summer to help with these programs.

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