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

Pittsburgh, PA – December 11, 2015 -- YouthWorks will hold a recognition ceremony to proudly celebrate the accomplishments of 26 individuals who have recently completed their participation in the JumpStart Success program, as well as the RISE (Re-entry through Industry Specific Education) Project. This first of its kind ceremony for these two YouthWorks programs will take place on Thursday, December 17 from 5:30pm until 8:00pm at the Goodwill training facility located at 2400 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side. YouthWorks is a program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

“We are extremely proud of all of the individuals for how well they have succeeded in these two programs,” said Tamica Mickle, Director of YouthWorks.  “They have faced challenges in the past and they have all worked so hard to make the most their training goals. They have the determination and confidence to move on to employment and greater success.”

JumpStart Success is YouthWorks' signature job readiness and career exploration training curriculum for teenagers and young adults. JumpStart Success participants who will be recognized at the ceremony have completed a 10-week employment training program, which included learning how to write a resume, mock interviewing, understanding employer expectations, and learning how to get and keep a job. Participants will receive a certificate of completion recognizing that they have attended all of the necessary trainings in the JumpStart Success program.

RISE is a free vocational program for students ages 17-24. RISE gives students the opportunity to earn their GED® while receiving job training for work in construction and maintenance fields.  RISE participants have already received a free set of tools and a tool box to recognize their success in the RISE project.  At the graduation ceremony, they will receive their JumpStart Success completion certificate and Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate in Building Construction Technology from the Home Builder’s Institute. 

One individual who will be recognized at the ceremony is James Reed Jr. James started on his path to success at Goodwill, where he attained his GED certificate. Soon after, he was referred to RISE based on his interest in construction. He successfully completed his training in RISE, received his driver’s license, and is now starting the application process to join the Carpenter’s Union.

Click here to learn about JumpStart Success.

Click here to learn more about RISE.

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About Goodwill SWPA

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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.

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