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


For Immediate Release

June 22, 2012

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. For more information on the program, please contact Sandy Goss, Youth Program Manager, at or (207) 795-6820.

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