The Green Corps program finishes its first year

by Lauren Robinson, Seattle Goodwill
July 24, 2012

Our Seattle Job Training & Education Center recently held a graduation, participation and completion ceremony for our students, celebrating their successes in the classroom.  Among the students honored were nine members of our Green Corps program, which just wrapped up its inaugural year.

The Green Corps Program was created in partnership with Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation to teach young adults who have not completed high school skills in the classroom as well as skills in park restoration, trail work and clean-up.

Green Corps

(pictured at right: Rakia Rawlins, Candace Chasey, John Davis, Jarmaud Scott, Michaela Lovelady, Teaya Smith, Saroeut Ouk)

The Green Corps members have been working hard for nine months, preparing for their GEDs in the classroom as well as cleaning and restoring Seattle-area parks. Having completed the program, these nine Corps members have come away with a deep sense of responsibility, personal goals, self-confidence, and lasting bonds of friendship and support. “Before this program I was struggling with becoming a mother at 14 years-old,” said Rakia Rawlins. “The Green Corps provided an opportunity for me to grow and has changed my life for the better.”


Lauren Robinson is the Digital Communications Coordinator at Seattle Goodwill.

Add a Comment | Comments (1)
Posted by jason Gierke | Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 @ 05:50 PM

I am a graduate from Goodwill's Job Training program. i admire the teamwork and the sense of accomplishment that comes with the training. I love what you guys do and Im really interested in Green Corps.before i was apart of the job training i didnt know how to prepare for an interview,create a resume or even go about looking for work.Goodwill changed my life,since I have graduated i have self confidence and the neccesary skills it takes to build a life and possibly a career.

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