Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania recently introduced a new digital version of its JumpStart Success Curriculum to help prepare youth for the world of career and work.

For nearly twenty years, more than 2,100 youth have benefited from the JumpStart Success program. The curriculum is targeted to youth ages 14-24. The new digital version is an online curriculum to prepare youth for career exploration and work-readiness. With this program, users discover their interests and talents, identify career paths, conduct job searches and gain the soft skills needed to get jobs.

“We developed the digital version of JumpStart Success because of the feedback we have been receiving from users,” said Tamica Mickle, Director of YouthWorks, a program of Goodwill SWPA.  “Not only is the digital version more relevant for the youth of today, but it’s also less expensive and easier to access,” said Mickle.

Two organizations have already begun using the digital version of Jump Start Success to help the people they serve. Auberle uses Jumpstart Success with their Employment Institute program, Learn & Earn Summer Employment program and at the 412 Youth Zone.  Jake Markosky, Case Manager at Auberle said, “Jumpstart Success allows young people of any age to practice a variety of life and employment scenarios. The curriculum allows the facilitator to tailor the lessons to the audience. Each class produces unique responses and solutions. It has structure where necessary but allows the individuality of the students to guide the process.”

CommQuest Services uses the digital version of Jumpstart Success with their NextLevel Employment job training program for 11th and 12th grade students, and NextLevel Homeless Support Program which provides services to young adults 18-25. “The new online Jumpstart Success program is not only cost efficient but it allows me to log on and print the activities that I will use and keep track of my students’ progress all online,” said Tashauna Carr, NextLevel Employment Specialist at CommQuest Services, Inc.

Components of the JumpStart Success curriculum include:

  • Pre and post-assessments show work-readiness gains
  • Easy-to-use tracking reports to illustrate individual and group success
  • Trainer aids including an annotated trainer manual critical for both experienced and first-time trainers and an online trainer toolkit to view participant activities
  • Videos to illustrate appropriate workplace dress, interview tips and challenging workplace issues
  • At-a-glance summaries and a customized program planner for successful class presentations
  • Tips for online resources for current data on career trends, salaries and what employers expect from first-time employees
  • A dedicated curriculum consultant to customize the program to meet specific needs and provide support throughout the program.

For more information about the digital version of Jump Start Success, contact Tiffanee Heywood, Assistant Director of YouthWorks at tiffanee.heywood@goodwillswpa.org or visit:  www.goodwillswpa.org/jss.

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

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