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Running for Great Kids

About Running for Great Kids

Goodwill’s Boston Marathon team raises funds for the Peter Morrissey Youth Fund, which supports Goodwill’s Youth Programs, and is named in honor of Goodwill’s longstanding Board member, advocate, and friend, Peter A. Morrissey.

Goodwill’s history in the community includes a long tradition of supporting local young people. From the original summer camp program, to afterschool programming and mentoring, to innovative programs helping youth with disabilities transition from school to work, Goodwill is experienced in providing jobs and educational opportunities to youth and helping them understand career pathways.

Goodwill offers many opportunities for high school students in Boston, all with the goal of helping them bridge successfully into adulthood and a career. Some programs are tailored to young people with limited opportunities but great potential living in low-income households. Others address the specific needs and opportunities for young adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Goodwill works closely with Boston Public Schools as well as community organizations serving youth.

Through the Youth Initiative, Goodwill delivers afterschool and summer programming focused on educational and career options. The young people have access to academic support, career exploration opportunities, service learning options, life skills training, and leadership development activities. Some students gain work experience by completing internships at The Goodwill Stores. The purpose of all these activities is to help youth achieve in school and connect with their communities so that they have a chance to attend college, find employment, learn a trade, enroll in technical training, or join the military. Youth who are juniors or seniors in high school develop Individual Career Path Plans as part of their Goodwill program in order to identify how their next steps can advance their long-term plans.

Through Boston Career Link, the one-stop career center Goodwill operates, the organization targets services to high school youth. Career counselors conduct outreach to young people through Boston Public Schools and community organizations. The counselors participate in job and career fairs; they also deliver job readiness workshops, including information on career pathways, the labor market, and services available at Goodwill. Organizations such as Year Up and Ben Franklin Institute come to Goodwill often to deliver information sessions and participate in job and training fairs to explain their programs to young people. Goodwill aims to help young people gain awareness of educational and job options that will help them move into the workforce. And, Goodwill helps them find jobs so they can earn money and gain experience while they are in school.

Through the Transition to Work program, Goodwill collaborates with the Boston Public Schools to help high school students with developmental and cognitive disabilities. The focus is on youth from age 17 until they turn 22 at which point they will no longer be eligible to be served in the public school system. This dynamic program gives students the opportunity to explore the workforce – and understand workplace expectations – through interactive job readiness training and on-the-job experience within Goodwill’s social enterprises. In a small, supportive classroom environment, students receive individualized instruction in areas including life skills and job readiness. Vocational exploration outings help students learn about job opportunities and start to plan for their futures.

Through Project SEARCH, a nationally recognized model, Goodwill works with the Boston Public Schools to help a select group of students with developmental disabilities transition from school to work. This program targets high school students who will soon turn 22, and need hands on experience to transition to the world of work. At present, there are two employer partners: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital. Participating students receive work readiness and classroom training at their work site and complete three internship rotations, each lasting approximately three months. They receive specific training and workplace experience, and conduct a job search with intensive, personalized support. The Project SEARCH model is proven to result in positive employment outcomes for students with disabilities, and Goodwill has replicated that success in Boston.

Last year, Goodwill worked with more than 200 high school students through these four programs. The Youth Initiative served over half of the total; its school year services were based at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.

Peter Morrissey was one of Goodwill’s greatest champions of the youth served. Goodwill will long remember and honor Peter as a fervent champion for Goodwill and Boston’s youth.

Nearly 240 runners have laced up their sneakers in support of Running for Great Kids, raising more than $1 million in the process. In 2018, Running for Great Kids raised more than $97,000 for the Youth Initiative. Follow the team's Facebook page to stay up-to-date about our runners and team events. We will begin the 2019 Runing for Great Kids application process around August. If you’re interested in applying for Goodwill’s Running for Great Kids team please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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