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

PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2015 – Goodwill’s GoodGuides ® program is currently seeking partnerships with after school and at-risk youth services providers to identify youth who need mentoring and/or career-readiness training opportunities.

Goodwill’s GoodGuides free program provides youth between the ages of 12-17 with a career mentor. Youth obtain a full range of mentoring services, including career-readiness, participation in job tours and receive life skills training.

“GoodGuides is reaching out to all organizations who work with at-risk youth to connect with us,” said Sophia Duck, Program Manager with Goodwill SWPA.  “The GoodGuides program serves as an excellent resource for area programs to help their participants reach their highest level of success."  

Youth in Goodwill’s GoodGuides program will learn:

  • Interviewing skills, including how to dress for success,
  • Communication skills and customer service skills,
  • How to handle challenges in the workplace, and
  • Financial literacy

Mentors in Goodwill’s GoodGuides program will help youth determine options for life after high school graduation, create a career plan, and set goals for the current academic school year. Youth will also have the opportunity to participate in a service learning project, which helps create leadership skills and community involvement.

Organizations who work with youth are encouraged to contact Sophia Duck at 412-281-6629 x211 or goodguides@goodwillswpa.org.  For more information about the GoodGuides Mentoring program, visit:  www.goodwillswpa.org/mentoring.

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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 2013 provided services to over 53,000 individuals. 

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