Partnership Offers Summer Work for Teens (CR)

Grant Approval Means Young Workers Gain Hands-on Experience

Cedar Rapids, IOWA — April 25, 2016 — The award of a $9,071 grant to Goodwill of the Heartland in partnership with the Linn County Conservation Board, means that young workers, age 16 to 21, will gain the opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to the United States and to their local communities.

The grant money was awarded by the Iowa Department of Transportation and will create summer job opportunities for 4 individuals who face barriers to employment. The youth will gain a mix of work experience, career exploration and job readiness skills as they complete trail related projects in Linn County parks.

Goodwill of the Heartland will hire 1 Temporary Crew Leader to work alongside the Urban Youth Corps members and teach work tasks and job skills. The Urban Youth Corps program begins June 13 and will run through July 28.

This is the second year that Goodwill has received grant funding to bring the Urban Youth Corps to Linn County. Youth will work on a variety of tasks during the 7 week program.  Linn County youth interested in applying for the Urban Youth Corps can pick up an application at their high school office or at Goodwill of the Heartland located at 1441 Blairs Ferry Road NE.  Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.  Completed applications need to be turned in to Goodwill by 4:30 pm May 20.

“We are very excited for this partnership with the Department of Transportation and the Linn County Conservation Board, said Shannon Jamison, Program Director at Goodwill. The grant offers a great opportunity for young people looking for summer employment and interested in building positive work skills for the future.  The work is very hands-on and is a great fit for those who prefer active outdoor summer employment.”

About Goodwill of the Heartland

The mission of Goodwill of the Heartland is to advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence. Goodwill offers life and job skill development, work experience, job placement assistance, day habilitation, supported community living, workforce services to employers and contract manufacturing, assembly and packaging.  In 2015, Goodwill provided over 18,000 services to people with barriers in its 19-county service area. For more information, including retail, donation and service locations, please visit www.goodwillheartland.org or call toll free 1-866-466-7881.

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