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.

Successfully raising a child takes parents, schools, community groups, and others working together. Goodwill 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 ages 7 to 24 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 and prepared for their future.

Programs Available for Youth

  • WIOA Youth Program – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program – At risk youth, ages 16-24, benefit from a variety of services to prepare them for employment in demand occupations. Through comprehensive, case-managed services, youth participate in career and academic preparation, work based learning and on-the-job training, occupational skills training leading to industry-recognized credentials, and adult mentoring. All services lead to employment in a in demand occupation or entry into post-secondary education programs.
  • 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 – An interactive, financial fitness activity that allows youth to get a glimpse at reality, while understanding the connection between education, work, and the lifestyle they want to have in the future. View the Reality Check video
  • School to Work Adjustment Program – Through a partnership with local schools that began in 1995, students with disabilities, ages 16 to 22, are provided work opportunities. Employment opportunities are available at Goodwill work centers or in community settings, such as local retail and grocery stores.
  • Youth Mentoring – Franklin County Youth Mentoring provides youth, ages 7 to 21 in Franklin County, VA, the opportunity to develop the skills needed to live a successful life. The program places youth with adult mentors who provide guidance, support, and encouragement needed for character development. Also, there are additional Youth Mentoring opportunities through the Youth to Work and GoodGuides Science Camp programs.
  • GoodGuides® Science Camp – The camp provides youth ages 10 -12 with a yearlong, fun filled, interactive experience. Using a STEM based curriculum, youth participate in summer camp as well as monthly sessions during the school year. Participating youth are offered the opportunity to be matched with an adult volunteer mentor in a structured and supportive relationship.
  • Youth to Work – Youth to Work is designed to provide work experience and academic activities to economically disadvantaged and at risk youth, ages 14 to 21. Focus is on developing work maturity skills, writing a resume, interviewing and problem solving skills, and counseling and support services. GoodGuides Youth to Work follows the same guidelines as the Youth to Work Program, and youth who participate will also have the opportunity to be matched with an adult volunteer mentor in a structured and supportive relationship.

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

See our interactive Services Map to view youth services available in your area.

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