Marysville Youth Program

 
by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
May 13, 2014
 

“What kind of restoration is this?” the teacher asks the 19 students listening to her talk in one of Marysville’s parks last summer.  Learning about forestry and restoration is only one aspect of this new youth program.

Thanks to a $90,000 grant from the Boeing Company, Seattle Goodwill will be expanding its youth program to provide services in Snohomish County. In partnership with Goodwill’s Marysville Job Training and Education Center and Everett Community College, Seattle Goodwill will build on its existing Year-Round Youth Program. This new program will be sector-based and provide youth with exposure to high demand and high growth careers in the Aerospace Industry.

The first group of students is now almost half way through a two-year commitment.  The summer program will combine real-world work experience as well as service learning, civic participation and enrichment activities such as team building.

Marysville Youth Program Volunteer Perfecto Malabed Basto III would like to work at Boeing much like his father and cousin are doing right now.  “I was surprised when my teacher mentioned that Goodwill was offering this program since I didn’t know about their job training program.”  Now he looks at this as an opportunity to grow and learn with others that have similar goals.  “After the first week you could see a lot of the kids start to connect.”

Student Ralph Lopez would like to be a machinist at Boeing and was excited to meet other students with the same aspirations. “My family is very supportive of the program and is proud to see that I was so passionate about it.

Students will be expected to attend weekend workshops and activities throughout their senior year. Goodwill will provide ongoing support to make sure they are on track for high school graduation and are ready for college and career exploration.

Paiton Crow has found the soft skills part of the curriculum very helpful as well.  “We are learning important skills such as meeting and greeting people and how to work together as a team which will really help us.”

Another benefit of the program is that participants are learning the value of community service by working in the local parks.  “I really like seeing a smile on people’s face,” said Ralph.  “I am more likely to volunteer now - it feels great to help people.”

Marysville Youth Program Volunteers


 

Katherine Boury is the Communications Manager at Seattle Goodwill.

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