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Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Community Room was bustling with activity on the morning of Tuesday, May 30th as the organization welcomed more than 100 students to its very popular 2017 Summer Youth program. Coordinator, Rich Halter, along with Goodwill team members introduced the students to the curriculum for the coming weeks which reflects social skill acquisition as well as post-graduation expectations and introducing employment opportunities.
The newly expanded 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.
Goodwill’s Summer Youth program is in its fifth year and is a collaborative project with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). As part of the organization’s mission of helping people with disabilities, our nation’s veterans and transition youth to receive skill training and employment services in the Greater Cincinnati community, the Summer Youth program is only one of the organization’s comprehensive array of employment service offerings. For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs and services, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. Goodwill welcomes the 2017 Summer Youth program participants and looks forward to an exciting few months. Watch for more news about their adventures in the coming weeks.