Goodwill Preparing Baltimore City Youth for Careers

Youth Merchandising Training now available

BALTIMORE, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. is now accepting enrollment for its Youth Merchandising Training classes. The 12-week course begins July 22nd but enrollment is available through August 12th. Participants receive 12 weeks of nationally certified customer service training, a stipend for program participation, up to 6 weeks of paid retail training and job placement assistance upon completion.

Training Baltimore youth since July 2010, the program is a service of the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, The Mayor's Office of Employment Development, and Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College, and Art with a Heart. Since its inception approximately 200 participants have graduated from the program. In 2012-2013, the program had 100 percent certification rate and an 80 percent placement rate.

Participants receive:

  • Up to 12 weeks of nationally certified customer service training
  • Case management support
  • A stipend for program participation
  • Up to 12 weeks of leadership development
  • Up to 6 weeks of paid retail training
  • Job Placement assistance upon completion

To be eligible for the program, participants must be:

  • 16 to 21 years old
  • High School graduate or GED
  • Baltimore city resident

To enroll in the program please contact:
April Ferguson
Project Coordinator, Goodwill Youth Merchandising
2211 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone:  410.625.1877 x213

About Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake:
For 94 years, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. has helped others help themselves. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods funds job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities. Annually, Goodwill provides services to more than 33,000 people in need of assistance because of physical, mental or other social barriers, and places approximately 2,464 in jobs, giving them "Not a charity, but a chance." For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Jonathan Balog
VP, Marketing
410-837-1800 ext 175

SOURCE Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.


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