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Goodwill Youth Programs: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

Goodwill’s goal for its youth programs is to provide work experience and/or academic activities that prepare students to be work ready upon graduation.

Successfully raising a child takes caregivers, schools, community groups, and others working together. Goodwill is committed to helping 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 11 to 24 throughout the New River, Roanoke, and Shenandoah 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 – Youth, ages 16 to 24 who are at risk,benefit from a variety of services to prepare them for employment in high-demand occupations. Through comprehensive, case-managed services, youth participate in career and academic preparation, work based learning and on-the-job training, and occupational skills training leading to industry-recognized credentials, and adult mentoring. All services lead to employment in an in-demand occupation or entry into post-secondary education programs.
    • Pre-Employment Transition Services – The individualized program helps to prepare each student for the transition from school into competitive employment in an integrated setting. The Community School to Work Transition program is a group program that allows students with a disability to safely explore the world of work and prepare for the future during the students’ regular school hours.
    • Project SEARCH: Carilion Clinic – 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 serves as a workforce alternative for students in their last year of high school, and is located at a community health care facility.
    • Science Camp – The program provides youth in grades 6th through 8th with a fun filled, interactive experience. Using a STEM based curriculum, youth participate in summer camp.
    • YouthBuild – Goodwill operates the YouthBuild program in Roanoke. YouthBuild grants support a pre-apprenticeship model to help these young people learn valuable occupational skills. The grant will help provide academic skills, life skills, and training for in-demand occupations to youth ages 16 – 24 who have dropped out of high school. The goal is to help youth achieve a high school diploma or GED and connect them to employment or post-secondary education.
    • Youth Mentoring – The Goodwill youth mentoring programs place youth with adult mentors who provide guidance, support, and encouragement needed for character development. The mentoring programs provide participating youth the opportunity to develop the skills needed to live a successful life. GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring at YouthHQ@Goodwill serves youth, ages 11 to 21 in Roanoke City, and Franklin County Youth Mentoring serves youth, ages 12 to 17 in Franklin County.
    • 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.

Collage of photos from youth participating in activities at YouthHQ@Goodwill




YouthHQ@Goodwill is a youth and teen center located at 2502 Melrose Avenue, NW. The center serves Roanoke area youth and the community. YouthHQ@Goodwill features the following activities and offerings for middle and high school youth and the community:

  • Computer Lab: For school projects & training opportunities such as learning computer skills beyond hand-held devices
  • Recreational Spaces: TV with gaming systems, pool table, foosball table, & more
  • Adaptable Spaces: Can be used for mentoring, tutoring, community meetings, etc.

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Goodwill Youth Programs offered at YouthHQ include:

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FALL HOURS: Monday – Friday, 3 pm – 6:30 pm

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