CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, PA, February 18, 2015 - Applications are being accepted through March 31, 2015 for young men interested in enrolling in Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s YouthWorks Employment Initiative. This program is designed to provide work experience in the form of internships to African American males, ages 18 to 24, who were either in foster care or using independent living services after their 16th birthday.

The program works one-on-one with participants to place them in eight-week paid internships based on their individual skills and interests. Cost of travel is covered during the program, and job placement assistance is provided upon completion of the program.

The program is designed to help individuals develop a positive work ethic, gain work experience, and explore different work situations while working approximately 20 hours per week. In the internship, participants work a minimum of 20 hours a week as a learning opportunity to develop good work ethics, be exposed to the work environment, and explore different work situations.

Additional information about the program can be found here: www.goodwillswpa.org//yw-employment-initiative.

For more information on how to enroll in the YouthWorks Program, contact Felicia Davis, Employment & Life Skills Specialist, at 412-281-6629 x207 or felicia.davis@goodwillswpa.org.

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About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.

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