BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota is launching a new partnership with Replay Outreach in an effort to help at-risk youth in our community. The organizations will combine their respective expertise in career services and youth outreach to provide job training and shadowing, and the opportunity for part-time jobs, with the goal of helping teens get on the path to future success.
Replay Outreach is a not-for-profit that is “dedicated to guiding at-risk teens in discovering their direction, passion and purpose.” The organization is headquartered in Manatee County.
Through this partnership, local at-risk teens are benefiting from the opportunity to work in Goodwill Manasota’s Manatee County stores as part of Replay’s Xceleration job training program. The goal of the 12-week program is to empower at-risk teens to find areas in which they excel while learning job readiness skills meant to prepare them for future success. Participants receive eight weeks of training, then a minimum of 24 hours of job shadowing, followed by employment at local area businesses, including Goodwill.
“Goodwill’s mission is changing lives through the power of work, so this partnership with Replay offers a perfect opportunity for us to change the lives of at-risk youth who may otherwise be susceptible to harmful influences,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “This program provides teens the opportunity to learn and grow in a work environment, and gain crucial skills that will serve them well in the workplace and help them to achieve career and life success.”
Xceleration program participants placed in Goodwill’s retail stores are employed on a part-time basis through Goodwill’s Supported JobsPlus Youth Program, a branch of the Supported Jobs Plus Program (SJP). Goodwill’s SJP program helps individuals with physical, psychiatric or developmental disabilities to gain positive personal and workplace behaviors and skills while earning a paycheck through job opportunities at Goodwill.
For more information, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2016, Goodwill Manasota served 28,207 people, placed 755 people in jobs and assisted 240 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $92.1 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted more than 40 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.