Youth Green Corps Graduate
When Shawnteal was 16, she didn’t think she’d make it to 20. Before coming to Goodwill, she was involved with gangs and drugs, and had already lost several of her best friends. She purposefully isolated herself and rarely left home. Then, one of her friends convinced her to check out the Youth Green Corps program at Goodwill. People began to encourage her, and she discovered she loved what she was learning. Shawnteal began interning with the Green Corps and is now a full-time employee. She’s currently pursuing her GET.
Shawnteal has big plans for the future. “I see myself saving lives, like Goodwill saved mine.”
Without Goodwill, she believes, “My life would be in the gutter somewhere. The stuff I was doing could only end me up in two places – dead or in jail. Before Goodwill, I didn’t have a purpose. Now I feel like I have purpose.”