22 May GOODWILL’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS BUILD STRONG FOUNDATION
Apply Now for Job Readiness, Work and Integration Programs Beginning in Early June
Goodwill is now accepting applications for two summer programs aimed at introducing young people to the working world and another program that benefits young children with autism.
Goodwill’s Summer Job Readiness Program
This program is designed for 14- to 18-year-olds who live in a low-income household or who have disabilities but can participate without one-on-one support.
The four-week program is offered twice during the summer. This year, sessions will be from Monday, June 5-Friday, June 30, and from Wednesday, July 5-Friday, July 28. About a dozen Davidson County teenagers will participate in each session.
Areas of focus include career, customer service and personal finances. Participants will receive instruction in finding jobs, completing applications and interviewing skills. They will also visit college campuses, participate in mock interviews and conduct a community service project. Classes will be held weekdays at Goodwill’s headquarters, 937 Herman St., Nashville.
Upon graduation, students receive a stipend from Goodwill based on attendance, punctuality and participation.
Goodwill’s Summer Youth Work Program
This program will be held from June 12-July 14. The five-week paid summer work training program is for 16- to 22-year-olds who have some type of disability, live in a low-income household or face some other disadvantage. As many as 70 Davidson County students will take part in the program.
Most of the students will train at Goodwill, but about 30 will receive training at Kroger. Students learn about the responsibilities of having a job, including safety standards, and the rewards of earning a paycheck. Some students obtain permanent part-time employment through the program.
Students in both the Summer Job Readiness Program and the Summer Youth Work Program are identified through communication with schools and other nonprofits, provided applications and then selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Both programs are sponsored by Goodwill and the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency of Nashville and Davidson County. Kroger also provides funding for students who receive work training in its stores.
Goodwill’s Summer Integration program
This program serves children ages 6-15 who have been diagnosed with autism and reside in Davidson County. This year’s session lasts from June 12-July 14, and hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. Participants learn to socialize with other children who may or may not have a disability under adult supervision at community day camps. Activities are fun and supportive of individual educational plans.