Goodwill Industries Recruiting Applicants for YouthBuild Johnstown

March 30, 2015, Press Release

Next YouthBuild Program Session Begins June 8. Applications Accepted Through June 3.

Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies is actively recruiting individuals who are ages 17–24 to fill openings for its YouthBuild Johnstown paid training program that will begin on June 8.

Through YouthBuild Johnstown, youth who live in Johnstown can earn their GEDs, and receive on‐the‐job‐training in a construction trade while earning minimum wage as they build or rehabilitate low‐income housing in our region. Well-qualified individuals may pursue careers in welding or healthcare. Participants will spend a portion of their time in the classroom and another portion receiving paid on‐the‐job training.

Those who are interested must submit an application or call Goodwill Industries by Wednesday, June 3 to learn if they meet eligibility requirements.

YouthBuild is unique in that it gives participants a chance for a better future who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Eligibility requirements include youth who are low income, have a history with the justice system, are aging out of foster care, have a disability, have an incarcerated parent, and/or are migrant farm workers. Interested applicants will meet with YouthBuild staff to determine qualification.

Since Goodwill began operating YouthBuild in October 2007, the program has provided participants with more than 25,000 hours of on‐the‐job training, enabled them to perform more than 2,000 hours of community service, has facilitated participants’ enrollment in community college, and has assisted them in obtaining full-time and part-time employment.

Because the next class begins June 8, the deadline to apply is June 3 (see application link below).

For more information, contact Mindy Rickabaugh at (814) 536-3536, ext. 291 or

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Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley (GICV), Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1962 to empower individuals and families with employment barriers to achieve their fullest potential in the community through work services. Headquartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, GICV serves individuals with disabilities and disadvantages, dislocated workers, youth, and other job seekers throughout south central Pennsylvania in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset and a portion of Westmoreland by providing education and career services as well as job placement and postemployment supports. GICV is a community-based member organization of Goodwill Industries International, a 179-member network in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Learn more at
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