PITTSBURGH, September 24, 2020 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is currently seeking participants for its IMPACT program. IMPACT prepares students for success in the workplace and provides real world work experience by offering two distinct training tracks, Job Search and Retail Training. 

Out-of-school students who are 17 to 24 years of age are eligible to participate, but a GED or high school diploma is not required. 

Young adults considering college or starting a job search may choose the IMPACT Job Search track, which connects them with a premier job readiness curriculum, mobile case management, and assistance with resumes, mock interviews, and job search planning.

Young adults who are looking to start a career in retail and need work experience may choose the IMPACT Retail Track, which offers paid training to prepare for a job in retail. Individuals who successfully complete the 12-week program will be eligible for a Retail Associate position at a Goodwill store, with a possible career path to a Team Lead position.  The program is also able to assist participants with transportation needs by providing bus passes and gas cards.

          “Goodwill has an excellent track record of providing valuable and effective training programs for young people,” said Tiffanee Heywood, Director of YouthWorks at Goodwill.  “Participants who join the IMPACT program will feel camaraderie with others in the program while they receive assistance to help them move into the world of work.”

The program features rolling admission and start dates through December. To learn more, visit www.goodwillswpa.org/impact, or contact Ms. Heywood at 412-632-1742 or tiffanee.heywood@goodwillswpa.org.

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

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About Goodwill SWPA

(www.goodwillswpa.org; facebook.com/goodwillswpa; twitter.com/gwswpa; instagram.com/goodwillswpa)

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified nonprofit human service agency that serves southwestern Pennsylvania and north central West Virginia and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; Goodwill Housing; and Mission Logistics, LLC. The agency operates 32 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training, education and related services to help people overcome employment barriers. In 2019, Goodwill SWPA demonstrated the following outcomes: 10,624 adults and youth served, 582 individual placements of participants into unsubsidized employment; and 1,575 persons employed directly by Goodwill SWPA. These factors resulted in $109,500,000 of economic output during the year.

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