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Meet Goodwill Intern Martrez

January 31, 2021

Posted in: Community, Job Training & Education, Student Stories, and Youth Programs



“The youth look up to me. I’m young, but knowing they look up to me is kind of different, because at one point I was the person looking up to staff.” – Martrez, Seattle Goodwill Intern and Youth Program Participant 

Martrez graduated from Seattle’s Cleveland High School in 2019. Before he connected with Goodwill, Martrez compared himself to his peers who lacked interest in school and weren’t on the right track. After building relationships and receiving guidance from Goodwill’s Youth Year-Round Program Job Training & Education (JTE) staff, Martrez’s mindset shifted. 

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Meet Goodwill Youth Program Participant and Intern Nika

January 10, 2021

Posted in: Community, Job Training & Education, Student Stories, and Youth Programs

“I believe this internship offers a lot of help for the lower-income students – not for the students who have the highest grades or have the most amount of money or already have a place in college,” Nika said. “Goodwill speaks for students who are struggling in an environment they don’t think they can get out of. It’s good to give an opportunity for others who need it, and Goodwill does that.” 

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Meet Goodwill Intern Rodney

January 3, 2021

Posted in: Community, Job Training & Education, Student Stories, and Youth Programs

“The internship is a pretty good opportunity, especially if you are trying to see what work is like,” Rodney said. “You’re learning things, and you’ve got really supportive people there that want to help you grow and succeed in life.”

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Meet Goodwill Youth Student MaiQueen

December 27, 2020

Posted in: Community, Job Training & Education, Student Stories, and Youth Programs

MaiQueen’s first summer with Seattle Goodwill has been an immersion in career exploration, professional development, community service, and so much more. A senior at Seattle’s Garfield High School, she stayed busy last summer developing job skills in Goodwill’s Youth Maritime Program.

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Meet Goodwill Intern Alieu

December 20, 2020

Posted in: Community, Job Training & Education, Student Stories, and Youth Programs

"Because of this internship, I had a more productive summer. I turned it into a, ‘Let’s go to work and see what I can accomplish, regardless of the circumstances," Alieu says about his five-month work experience with Goodwill. 

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Goodwill Halloween DIY - Ghost cupcakes and Halloween Treats

October 22, 2020

Posted in: DIY Projects, Halloween, and Shop

Want to add some Halloween spirit to your favorite sweets? Goodwill has everything you need to turn your baked goods into spooky Halloween treats to enjoy!

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Joel’s Goodwill Journey: From Supporter to Teammate

October 16, 2020

Posted in: Community

"It feels like something that has come full circle. I always have to step back in a little bit of amazement to feel that I’m a part of something I was a supporter of for so long."

  – Joel Hoffman, Seattle Goodwill E-commerce Auction Lister

When Joel first walked into our Seattle store in the mid-nineties, he had no idea Goodwill would eventually play such a big role in his life.

 

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DIY Halloween Décor: Pumpkin Toilet Paper Rolls

October 15, 2020

Posted in: DIY Projects, Halloween, and Shop


Here is a great low-cost and eco-friendly DIY décor that will be sure to add that perfect touch to your home this season. We have a wide variety of fabrics, from clothes or linens, and baskets in our nonprofit thrift stores. Shop Goodwill and give this one a try!

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Dominic & Seattle Goodwill Youth Programming

October 13, 2020

Posted in: Student Stories, Youth Programs, and Digital Literacy


Amid a worldwide pandemic and a senior year of high school without spring sports, prom or a graduation ceremony, Dominic had critical decisions to make about his future.

Dominic — a football, wrestling and track athlete with a deep passion for aerospace — was trying to select the college that fit him best. His parents were busy working from home, and his access to school mentors was limited. Dominic took comfort in knowing he could lean on Seattle Goodwill’s youth program leaders when he needed advice.

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DIY Halloween Décor: Spider Flower Frame

October 8, 2020

Posted in: DIY Projects, Halloween, and Shop

Add this creepy crawler craft to your home this month to get into the Halloween spirit.

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