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

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 16, 2015 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania seeks to enroll up to 40 candidates by December 15 in the RISE Project, a free job-training and employment-assistance program designed to help youth who are residents of certain local communities.  Now in its fourth year, the Reentry Through Industry Specific Education (RISE) Project is a pre-apprenticeship construction training program for facilities maintenance created in conjunction with HBI, a national leader for career training in the building industry. Goodwill is also recruiting youth participants to enroll in the Age Up, Not Out (AUNO) program. AUNO is a work readiness program to help youth become economically successful.
            Eligible candidates for the RISE Project are 17 to 24-year-olds with employment barriers who are residents of the City of Pittsburgh, with a special emphasis on residents in Pittsburgh’s South Side and south Pittsburgh communities. Participants must currently be out of school, but do not need a high school diploma or have earned their GED® credential.
            The RISE Project is a 12-week training conducted at Goodwill’s facility at 2400 East Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side. RISE Project students receive a free set of tools upon successful completion, along with job placement assistance, GED preparation classes, paid and unpaid work experience, case management and counseling. They also receive free lunches, a paid stipend, and bus passes while in training. The RISE training program covers trades and safety skills mastery in several competencies, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, brick masonry, landscaping, facilities maintenance, painting, green building and weatherization. The award-winning training curriculum integrates work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training and includes job readiness, employability skills, career development, life skills and on-the-job training.
           AUNO participants will complete the JumpStart Success training; participate in a needs assessment with a licensed social worker; engage in job search workshops; and explore career options. The AUNO program connects youth to additional trainings including financial literacy education, entrepreneurship training, emotional and physical wellness workshops, and driver’s education training. AUNO participants also receive free lunches, a paid stipend, and bus passes while in training, and must be 18-24 years old to enroll. To enroll in the RISE Project, please call 412-632-1742.  To enroll in AUNO, please call 412-281-6629 x206.  More information about both programs can be found at www.goodwillswpa.org/youth-services.

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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.

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