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Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania in Fayette County is now recruiting for a new In-School Youth Exploration Program. The program provides assessment services, remediation classes, and job skills training to at-risk youth ages 14-21, who live in Fayette County.
The program is designed to help students improve school attendance, increase academic performance, graduate high school, enroll in post-secondary education, and gain competitive employment in the community. To participate in the program, students must be low-income, as defined by eligibility for free/reduced school lunch. Students must also have another barrier, including basic skills deficiency, a disability, homelessness, pregnancy or parenting.
“We are very pleased to offer this great new program for young people in Fayette County,” said Deb Brant, Director of Education and Employment Services at Goodwill Fayette. “We know that there are many, many local students who we can help find their path to employment.”
Upon entering the program, students complete TABE testing as well as a Career Inventory Assessment. Depending on individual needs, participants can utilize remediation classes as determined by the TABE. Students will also participate in weekly career development classes to learn financial literacy, career industry research, and job prep. Additionally, students can participate in paid work experience (around 10 hours/week) in high-growth industry areas: health care, tourism, manufacturing, etc.
In partnership with the Laurel Business Institute, students may participate in Career Exploration Summer Camps for areas such as health care, welding, electrical jobs, tourism and business. Finally, youth receive monetary incentives for achieving milestones within the program.
The In-Youth School Exploration Program is funded by the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board.