Youth Services

Goodwill Youth Programs: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

It is the goal of Goodwill Youth Programs to provide work experience and/or academic activities to enable students to be work ready upon graduation.

Raising a child takes parents, schools, community groups, and others working together to ensure that they will succeed. Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is committed to helping today’s youth become ready for what lies ahead. Through quality programs, Goodwill will help a generation of youth establish the skills, values, and connections they need to become capable, independent, and actively engaged members of their community.

Goodwill programs serve youth between the ages of 7 and 21 throughout the Shenandoah, New River, and Roanoke Valleys. Although the different programs offered provide varying levels of services based on the needs of the individual, all have the same basic goal; to provide work experience and/or academic activities to enable students to be work ready upon graduation from high school.

Programs Available for Youth

  • WIA Title I Youth Program – At-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 will benefit from a variety of services to prepare them for postsecondary educational opportunities or employment. Through comprehensive, case managed services, academic and occupational learning will be linked to enhance the youth’s understanding of the importance of education to future success.
  • Youth Mentoring – Goodwill Industries of the Valleys offers mentoring programs for youth ranging from age 7 to 21.  Mentoring services focus on preparing students for school completion, developing work skills, identifying career paths, and transitioning to post-secondary education.  Youth enrolled in Goodwill mentoring programs receive guidance through trusted adult mentors.
  • School to Work Adjustment Program – Through a partnership that began in 1995, Goodwill and local schools have worked together to provide work opportunities to students age 16-22 with disabilities. To meet the needs of students, employment opportunities are available at Goodwill work centers or in community settings, such as local retail and grocery stores.
  • Youth Work Experience – A program designed to provide work experience and academic activities to economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21. Focus is on developing work maturity skills, writing a resume, interview and problem solving skills, as well as counseling and support services.
  • Project SEARCH – A one year program that provides education and on-site training to prepare youth with disabilities to be work ready upon graduation from high school. The program, which serves as a workforce alternative for students in their last year of high school, is located at a community health-care facility.
  • Reality Check – A fun, real, and interactive program that allows youth to get a glimpse at what lies ahead in the “real world”. View the Reality Check video.

For additional information on the above services please click on the links to the left for the respective program.

For more information on Goodwill Youth Programs, e-mail or call (540) 581.0620.