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Ohio Valley Goodwill’s very popular and newly expanded Summer Youth program’s first session officially ended June 30th. The Summer Youth program is designed to provide students with a variety of team building and vocational exploration experiences structured to help them gather information about the world of work. As part of the Summer Youth program, each student has the opportunity to learn work appropriate skills during the beginning of the program and then, actually participate in an interactive work simulated experience in the community on typical job sites. After their community job try-outs, each student reports back to their counselor through Goodwill partner agency, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, regarding their work experience and their job preferences.
The Youth Program Session One participants had the opportunity to experience 10 different community worksites for four weeks straight, Monday through Friday, 8am until 12 noon. Students were transported and supported by Goodwill team members at all locations. A variety of work opportunities were explored including entertainment, landscaping, food service, retail, warehousing and janitorial just to name a few. Worksites were spread across the Greater Cincinnati community and offered the chance for students to fully become engaged in the different aspects that each employment opportunity presented.
Session One celebrated the success of 31 graduates of the Work Experience options and 16 from the Career Exploration class. The Goodwill Summer Youth program team is now looking forward to Session Two which starts on Monday, July 10th and extends to August 11th. “Our Session One participants were great. I’m excited to see where they go from here in terms of their individual futures. Now, we’re gearing up for Session Two and another wonderful group of students,” said Rich Halter, Summer Youth Team Supervisor. For more information about the Summer Youth program, please call (513) 771-4800. Goodwill’s Summer Youth program is in its fifth year and is a collaborative project with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD).