Goodwill Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Serve Youth with a Criminal History

Added by on June 22nd, 2012 @ 9:50 am


Goodwill Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Serve Youth with a Criminal History
‘Take Two’ program to work with youth ages 18-21 in the Lewiston and Auburn communities

Lewiston – Goodwill announced today that it has received a grant of $1,436,496 from the US Department of Labor to serve youth with a criminal history in the greater Lewiston and Auburn communities. The grant is part of $50 million in federal funding that has been allocated to 21 community-based organizations throughout the country. The goal of the funding is to provide job training, education and support services to youth returning to their local communities from the juvenile justice system.

Goodwill’s new ‘Take Two’ program will work with 90 male and female youth aged 18 to 21 who have been involved with the juvenile system. Participants in the program will spend 32 hours a week in the program, in which they earn their GEDs and/or complete educational training, earn their National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification (an industry-recognized credential in the construction field) and participate in community service projects with Goodwill’s two partner organizations, Tree Street Youth and the Auburn Police Activities League’s PAL Center.

“We are thrilled to receive this very important funding from the Department of Labor,” noted Sandy Goss, Goodwill Youth Program Manager. “We will now be able to provide almost 100 youth with the education and job training skills they need to find successful employment in our community.” Youth will participate in classroom learning and on the ground construction training. Youth will receive a living allowance while in the program and assistance in finding employment at the completion of the program.

Goodwill manages several other youth programs in Maine, including mentoring programs and youth employment services.

Ken Christian
Senior Director, Communications
Goodwill Administrative Office

About Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England has a 10-year goal of being instrumental in moving 10,000 households out of poverty and into stability in our territory of Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont.

We not only create training opportunities and jobs within Goodwill, our Workforce Services helps local businesses build their own workforce. As an employer of more than 2,000 people and a social service provider, we have a unique perspective that can help other employers find and keep reliable employees.

Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services in Portland, Maine and Lewiston, Maine offers comprehensive brain injury services and treatment options for people with acquired brain injuries. At Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Services, comprehensive, community-based therapies are provided to assist individuals with cognitive, emotional and physical needs – so lives can get back on track after a brain injury.

Recycled Cycles, a Goodwill NNE service in New Hampshire, is a partnership with the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition to create job training opportunities repairing and maintaining bicycles. Program participants also benefit through individualized training and mentoring. Recycled Cycles is focused on increasing community awareness about the health, environmental and cost benefits to transportational cycling.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England operates 23 residential homes across Maine for people with diverse challenges – acquired brain injury, intellectual disability or other barrier to independence that requires continuous support from Goodwill staff.

Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts.  Please visit for more information.

Updated 1 year ago by Kimberly Curry

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