The Youth Restoration Project is a youth employment program that provides youth ages 18-24 the opportunity to learn hard and soft skills (keeping a work schedule, communication, task discipline, etc.) that will contribute to success in the workplace. In addition to on-the-job training, we provide support and resources to help youth achieve their educational goals. While holding a full-time job with Goodwill®, individuals c
ontinue to receive assistance in obtaining a GED, getting into college, or providing a professional path.
Goodwill®’s youth are resurrecting some of the generously donated furniture by rebuilding, repurposing and restoring them to become “new-to-you.” Furniture from the Youth Restoration Project are resold at Goodwill® thrift stores and this revenue helps fund the program and other workforce development services Goodwill® offers. The program also gives furniture that would have gone into our landfills a second life, keeping 4,000 pounds out of the landfill each month!
Basic tool knowledge, from hand tools to different types of woodworking saws and blades (miter saw, table saw, router, planer, joiner, skill saw, jig saw).
Basic wood working skills, from sanding to learning how to join different species of wood.
Fine wood working skills—joining different species of wood to create tables and dressers.
Furniture refinishing—techniques include sanding, stripping, and basic repair. Youth learn about different finishing techniques and how to protect finishes through mixing different types of topcoats.
Bicycle recycling, repair.
Assembly of Pink Tag items from the easiest coffee tables to complicated treadmills.
Pricing of items to sell in a retail setting based on materials used and labor cost.
Keeping track of supplies and a monthly budget.
Learning how to maintain safety at all times in a working wood shop.
Learning how to show up to work on time and being productive.
Learning to compartmentalize disappointments so work is not affected.
Taking responsibility for self-improvement in order to reach next level of employment or education.
Setting of long-term and short-term goals.
GED preparation and eventual passing of state test.
Career and educational plans and pathways through EAP and AZCIS.
Financial counseling, including how to set up a checking and savings account and learning how to navigate the world of credit and other types of money borrowing; this also includes counseling on how to save 6-months’ worth of pay in case of job loss.
Help with navigation of health services, from getting health insurance through Goodwill or through the state.
Mental health services
College preparedness, from applying to school to navigating FAFSA; support during enrollment in college.
Tutoring of any kind.
Driver’s Education with eventual attainment of AZ driver’s license through use of company vehicles.
Certifications: OSHA 10-Hour Safety Class and CPR/First Aide.
Support after graduation from program. Manager maintains contact with youth after they leave to help with career/school decisions.
To become a Youth Restoration Associate, you must:
Be 18-24 years old
Be out-of-school (as this is a full-time job)
Fill out an online application. See available job postings on Career page