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Goodwill's job training, career services, and youth programs help people achieve independence.

Goodwill's Youth Initiative

Goodwill has a long tradition of working with Boston-area youth, offering a number of academic, recreational and career-oriented programs and activities throughout the year for local young people with great potential, but limited opportunities. Goodwill's Youth Initiative includes the Youth Mentoring Program, the After-School Academy for Boys and Girls, and opportunities for summer camp and jobs.

Click here to download the Youth Initiative Registration Form

Goodwill's After-School Academy

Goodwill's After-School Academy encourages academic achievement, leadership development, civic engagement and career success for boys and girls ages 12 to 18 from communities surrounding Goodwill's Boston headquarters. The Academy, which runs Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the academic year, offers structured homework assistance, individualized learning plans, other academic enrichment support services, computer access and leadership development. Some Saturday programming is also offered, focusing on college and career preparation, and special programming takes place during school vacation weeks. The Academy is also a key training ground in leadership for Peer Leaders and Leaders-in-Training. Through the Academy, students are inspired to dream of exciting possibilities for their future, and are given the tools to pursue and realize their dreams.

Programming in the Academy is tailored to meet the academic needs and healthy development of each student. Activities and curricula are coordinated and appropriately linked, and offer safety, security and a stable environment.

Click here to download an Academy application.

GoodGuides - Goodwill's Youth Mentoring Program

Goodwill's GoodGuides Program is a year-round youth mentoring program, which helps teens finish high school and transition into productive careers through the guidance of trusted adults. The overall goal of Goodwill's GoodGuides Program is to help youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors.

Goodwill's program matches youth ages 12 to 17 with committed, caring adults in one-on-one relationships for a year. Through these relationships, as well as recreational and group activities, mentors provide friendship, support, and guidance to help ensure these young people reach their potential. Mentors and their mentees meet for four hours per month and participate in activities that they both enjoy. There are also monthly group activities to bring all participants together. Goodwill provides comprehensive training and support to ensure the success of each mentor match.

The mission of the Goodwill's mentoring program is to empower youth to make positive choices that enable them to maximize their current and future potential. The objective of Goodwill's program is to help youth build skills and develop career goals, prepare for school completion, as well as post-secondary training, and work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors.

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Summer Camp

Goodwill has a partnership with Agassiz Village Summer Camp in Maine, an accredited residential camp, so the young people Goodwill serves can go to camp. To apply to the camp, please go to or call 781-860-0200. Financial aid is available.

For more information about Goodwill's Youth Initiative, please contact Reyna Alfaro at 617-541-1416 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jobs for Youth

During the school year, Goodwill partners with Boston Centers for Youth & Families to help participants in the Youth Initiative find jobs. In the summer, many Youth Initiative participants have the opportunity to work at Goodwill.

Running for Great Kids Team

For more than a decade, Goodwill's Running for Great Kids team has participated in the Boston Marathon.  Each member of the team raises donations in support of Goodwill's Youth Initiative. Since 2004, nearly 225 runners have raised more than $1 million. For the second year in a row, Goodwill has been selected as a member of the 2018 Boston Marathon Official Charity Program by the Boston Athletic Association.

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Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries was founded in 1895 in Boston’s South End to provide residents with jobs and to furnish the community with low-cost goods. It was the first in what is now a worldwide network of 165 independent affiliates.

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