Youth are our future workforce. Currently, the unemployment rate amongst 16-25 year old youth remains high. Goodwill supports the development of work skills in our young population.
GoodGuides is a mentoring program for at-risk 12- to 17-year-old youth. Volunteer mentors and youth meet weekly to build positive relationships in a small group setting. GoodGuides focuses on enriching life skills and post-secondary readiness. Mentors and youth tour local businesses, job fairs, and college campuses as well as participate in general career awareness activities and set goals for future education and career plans.
Mentoring groups focus on building career awareness, including identifying careers that tap into students' interests. Mentors also help youth increase basic life skills that will assist with job readiness such as timeliness, and proper work attire. Available in Spokane, Post Falls, and Coeur d'Alene.
Work experience/school transition
Young people with disabilities may be able to participate in job experiences that will help them make the transition from school to work. Available in Spokane, Moses Lake, and Lewiston.
Next Generation Zone/
As a partner in the Spokane Workforce Consortium, Goodwill participates in the Next Generation Zone, which serves at-risk youth 16 to 24. The Next Generation Zone provides employment training, work experience, job placement, and other services. This program is funded under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act. In partnership with the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, the Next Generation Zone is an equal opportunity partnership of organizations that provide employment and training services.
The Next Generation Zone, created in January 2007, is the area's only youth career and employment center. We combine training, education and various support services in one place to set youth on a clear career path.
The staff at the Next Generation Zone can answer questions about careers, education, tools on how to find work, resources to prepare for a job search, information about workforce development service providers, training to enhance your skills, employers who are looking for prospective employees, how to keep a job and advance in a career, and aid you in the transition into the adult workforce with employment options.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons with disabilities. Washington Relay Service 711. Available in Spokane County.
Next Generation Zone is located at:
901 E. Second Street, Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99202
Hours: Monday - Friday,
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (509) 340-7800
FAX: (509) 893-5426
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org