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Goodwill® Builds Skills And Expands Career Opportunities For Young Adults

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the success of an initiative aimed at partnering with community colleges to help young adults with justice involvement, Goodwill Industries international is expanding Goodwill LifeLaunch: Ignite to five additional cities. The opportunity provides holistic reintegration career advancement services for young adults ages 18-24 who have previous justice involvement and is made possible thanks to a grant investment from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Goodwill® Builds Skills And Expands Career Opportunities For Young Adults
"Opportunities for young adults with justice involvement have always been limited and could be even more challenging with fierce competition as millions of people are still out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Steven C. Preston, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries International. "To succeed, they need advocates, skill-building opportunities, support systems and job placement services like those offered every day by experienced Goodwill nonprofit organizations."Participating Goodwill organizations are chosen based on a number of factors, including community need; existing partnerships with community colleges, local criminal justice systems and employers; and the Goodwill organizations' experience in reentry and young adult services.Goodwill organizations in five cities a?? Greenville, SC; Lexington, KY; Rockford, IL; Tallahassee, FL; and Tucson, AZ a?? are the newest locations offering Goodwill LifeLaunch: Ignite. They will provide in-person and/or virtual services to 550 eligible young adults. In 2019-20, these five Goodwill organizations collectively provided reentry services to 3,185 individuals, with job placement rates up to 82% and retention rates up to 79%.
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