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.