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Empower Youth | Helping teens and young adults reach their goals

Many youth and young adults face barriers to employment and access to resources to map a pathway to life they dream of – and we’re on a mission to ensure that no dream is out of reach.

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Nelly | Supporting career paths for teens & young adults

Goodwill’s Empower Youth program provides youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 from the Chicagoland area with job readiness training, skill building and support to prepare for and find their next job.

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Jonathan | Finding community through Boys and Men of Color

Jonathan found a community that helped him embrace his identity, vocalize goals, and promote inclusivity and self-acceptance through Goodwill’s Boys and Men of Color program.

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When Shari first started working with Individual Placement and Support (IPS) in November of 2022, she was experiencing some challenges at her current place of employment and was ready to find a new work opportunity. Her job left her feeling uncomfortable as a result of some safety concerns, but she kept the job to support her family and was unsure if she wanted to resign.

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Jordan | Building Skills To Ace The Job Interview

Jordan received an on-the-spot job offer after gaining the skills and confidence to ace the interview through Goodwill’s Empower Youth program.

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Benji | Mentoring Youth & Young Adults In Preparing For and Finding Their Next Job

Empower Youth Program
Case Manager: Benjamin “Benji” Junious

Goodwill’s Empower Youth program provides youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 from the Chicagoland area with job readiness training, skill building and support to prepare for and find their next job.

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Empowerment in our community: New Lives stories of Transformation through Goodwill

New Lives: A bigger impact and transformation

New Lives; a celebration of hope, strength, and new beginnings right here in our neighborhood. At Goodwill, we're not just about second-hand goods; we're about first-class transformations. Through job training, education, and employment, we're proud to share how we’ve supported your neighbors in weaving success stories out of sheer determination.

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Goodwill Leadership Forum Advances The Power of Work

Strengthening Chicago’s Economic and Employment Outlook Through The Power of Work

In observance of Workforce Development Month this September, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago organized a dynamic and inspiring Workforce Development Leadership Forum in the heart of downtown Chicago. This inaugural forum was more than just a gathering; it was a testament to The Power of Work. We convened a network of community leaders to focus on the current regional economy and job market and the power of workforce development to help job seekers connect to essential resources and opportunities that fuel the growth of individuals, businesses and communities.

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Goodwill Partnership Creates Sense of Community

Home Delivered Meals Drivers Deliver Meaningful Connection

Regenia Thomas-Love, Goodwill Home Delivered Meals Driver, using Beautiful Questions to engage meal recipient Loyal R. on their daily route. Photo Credit: TimeSlips Creative

Nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered socially isolated from their community and natural social structures like family and friends. Isolation can result in an increased risk of loneliness and serious medical conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“Fantastic” is the word Justin used to describe his Greenhouse Staff position with BGC Growers. Justin, who has a learning disability, explained that his passion for horticulture began when he was attending Shepherd’s College. He loved being able to work outside with plants and soil and said that working behind a desk was not for him. Upon his graduation from Shepherd’s College in May 2022, Justin took the first step in achieving his dream job by connecting with his Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Counselor.

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