Helping teens focus on the future
Education and career development for at-risk students
Goodwill addresses deep deficits in graduation rates by providing education, career development, and mentor programs to at-risk youth. Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Program helps young people focus on their future career aspirations in order to ensure success. Goodwill youth specialists are licensed teachers, working in 36 high-poverty schools across seven districts to provide direction and support to more than 18,000 youth.
Goodwill staff works in 36 middle and high schools as teachers, interventionists, case managers, and resource specialists.
Goodwill enlists the help of business professionals to be positive mentors to students, offering guidance and advice.
The Summer Bridge Program connects first-generation college students with individuals who can offer advice about their own college experience. Students meet with their volunteer mentors in a group setting one evening per week in the summer, and mentors continue to provide support throughout the first year of college. If you'd like to be a Summer Bridge mentor, please click here to start an application.
Mentor support for young men
The Goodwill Men at Work group mentoring program connects young African American and Latino men to mentors in the community and each other.
Goodwill youth specialists and mentors keep in close contact with first-generation college students to ensure success and graduation.
Volunteers conduct resume workshops, career panels, mock interviews, job and life skills coaching, and networking practice to support Goodwill’s curriculum with real-world examples.
Goodwill connects students with job clubs, job shadow opportunities, jobs, and internship placements. The program also provides service learning and volunteer opportunities for students.
Goodwill teachers nominate students for scholarships and provide financial assistance search support and resource referrals.
Goodwill provides specialized support for refugee students and their families.
Meet Maria Mu
Maria is a recent graduate from South High School and now attends CCD thanks to a full ride scholarship through the African Community Center. Maria is a refugee from Thailand and first came to Goodwill through our Newcomers program in 2012. Before traveling to America, Maria had only left her refugee camp a few times in her life. She not only had to overcome a language barrier, she also had to adapt to American culture, navigate the public transportation system and help her family settle into a whole new world. Having no experience with our higher education system, Goodwill’s Ruthann Kallenberg played a major role in making sure Maria had everything she needed to apply for college and scholarships. Watch more Goodwill success stories here.