Ohio Valley Goodwill is busily preparing for the 2017 launch of it’s increasingly popular Summer Youth program which this year is welcoming more than 100 students. The newly expanded Summer Youth program will kick off in late May and 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. Some of the community based experiences are with long-time Greater Cincinnati business leaders such as Frisch’s, Big Lots, AMC Theater, Le Saint Logistics and Jake Sweeney.
“The students are working hard to gather the important information that they will need following graduation from high school and in their future employment search,” said Chelsea Combs, Summer Youth Program Coordinator. 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. Watch for updates about the Summer Youth program in the coming weeks.