Summer Youth Program 

Summer Program hosted by Goodwill San Diego and Bank of America 

Goodwill San Diego is launching its 2024 Summer Youth Program to assist young adults, ages 16 to 25, who are ready to develop work and soft skills. The free program provides students with a Goodwill Career Advisor to help develop a personalized employment plan, job leads, a résumé, preparation for interviews, and help obtaining employment. In addition, students have the option to participate in Goodwill’s Job Readiness Program which includes a certificate for taking our Exceptional Customer Service, Workplace Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Bank of America’s Financial Literacy workshops. Students interested in participating or learning more about the program can make an appointment with a Career Advisor by visiting sdgoodwill.org or stopping by any of our six San Diego County Goodwill Community Employment Centers.
San Diego County’s current unemployment rate is 4.8 percent according to data from the Employment Development Department (EDD). This data includes people 16+ years of age who are not working but are able, available, and actively looking for work.

Goodwill San Diego started the Summer Youth Program in the summer of 2022 and was able to serve 131 young adults. During the summer of 2023, 156 young adults were served. This year, the program’s goal is to serve 185 young adults placed into jobs during the summer of 2024.

“We believe that investing in our youth by helping them gain meaningful work experience and a pathway to self-sufficiency is important work,” said Fabia Parkinson, Vice President of Human Services. “Our Center’s Career Advisors have built strong relationships with local employers and can connect local youth to employment opportunities with Goodwill San Diego and other organizations in the community.”
Funding for the program was provided in part by Bank of America. In addition to the opportunity to work closely with a Goodwill Career Advisor and enroll in Goodwill’s Job Readiness Program, students can participate in Bank of America’s Better Money Habits workshops, taught by local Bank of America financial experts. The workshops help teach students how to budget, save, and manage their money. Once participants complete the coursework, they will earn a certificate of completion that signifies readiness for the workplace. Those who complete the full program will be encouraged to apply for available part-time positions at Goodwill San Diego and with other local employers. Career advisors will remain actively involved in assisting program participants in gaining important work experience.

“Giving teens access to valuable workplace opportunities, especially those that provide stipends and paychecks, will go a long way to help them secure their financial future. That’s why we invest in highly impactful programs like Goodwill’s Summer Youth program,” said Rick Bregman, President of Bank of America San Diego. “It’s a win-win program that prepares the next generation of talent and gives local employers a pipeline of potential employees who have more workplace skills. Over the past 2 years, the Bank has supported 287 teens through the program.”

Goodwill Industries of San Diego County
Goodwill San Diego is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit. It is a social enterprise that operates retail stores, outlet centers, and an eCommerce platform, shopgoodwill.com, to generate revenue for free employment programs and services for the San Diego community. Goodwill retail stores are known for providing a sustainable shopping experience of quality used merchandise including clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor, housewares, and furniture. Electronics and sporting goods are available at select locations.
Sustainable shopping is also available online at https://www.shopgoodwill.com/SanDiego/
Visit https://sdgoodwill.org/#donate-today for ways to give to Goodwill San Diego.

Please visit us at https://sdgoodwill.org/ to find a Community Employment Center, employment programs and services information, donation and retail store locations, and to learn more about our organization. Goodwill San Diego has been Making Good Happen for people + planet since 1930.

Bank of America 
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 69 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 3,800 retail financial centers, approximately 15,000 ATMs (automated teller machines) and award-winning digital banking with approximately 57 million verified digital users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business households through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BAC).

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    For more information on the Summer Youth Program visit your nearest community employment center.