In addition to providing jobs and employment training, Goodwill Industries of North Florida supports individuals who are ready to take the next step on the economic ladder by earning a college degree and/or certification. We support postsecondary education opportunities through programs designed for high school graduates as well as their parents and others who are motivated to seek and obtain higher-paying jobs.


The A-STEP program aims to provide working adults in North Florida access to higher education in order to elevate earning potentials and job security. The key to the A-STEP program is the implementation of a successful blend of aptitude and career assessments, one-on-one support with the college enrollment and entrance exams, intensive case management, personalized financial aid advisement, ongoing academic support, and gap funding to put adults on the path to success and long-term sustainability.

A-STEP Eligibility Requirements:

Live at or below national poverty guidelines

24 years and above (under 24 will be considered on an individual basis)

High School diploma or GED

US citizen/legal resident

Florida resident of 12 months

Must be able to commit to the duration of the educational program once enrolled

No Student Loan or Child Support payments in default


Take Stock in Children (TSIC) was established in 1995 as a nonprofit organization that provides a unique opportunity for low income students to break the cycle of poverty through successful education. We offer our students college scholarships, volunteer mentors, in-school support and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include the students’ transition into college. In 2014 Goodwill became the lead agency for the Take Stock in Children program in Duval County. Goodwill’s support of the program is an investment in the city’s future. To learn more about the program and how to enroll a student or become a mentor please visit the Take Stock In Children website.

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Get There Program with First Coast Technical College

Goodwill, First Coast Technical College (FCTC), The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation are partnering to provide a 2-Year Florida College Plan to St. Johns County students. 

The Get There Faster Plan is a two-part program. FCTC is preparing to host a series of programs and workshops for high school students interested in the highly sought-after workforce certification programs. Students will be included as early as 6th grade to begin career exploration and will have the opportunity to engage with FCTC throughout their high school career.

Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the application packet.


Farah and Farah is partnering with Goodwill and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation to award 5 rising high school seniors with full tuition to a 2-year Florida College. Eligible students must attend a public or charter school in Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Ocala, Tampa, or Orlando areas. Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the application packet.

Completed applications are due by Friday, September 10th, 2021. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 15th, 2021.

Deadline to apply: 9/10/21
Winners announced: 10/15/21


Mayor's Young Leaders Advisory Council (MYLAC)

Goodwill of North Florida has partnered with the City of Jacksonville to facilitate The Mayor's Young Leaders Advisory Council (MYLAC). MYLAC was established in 2014 and is composed of 50 high school juniors and seniors. MYLAC gives youth with leadership potential the opportunity to learn more about city government and effective citizenship so they can make a positive difference as young leaders. The Council also shares ideas with city officials and advises on issues facing Jacksonville youth.


-Attend a Duval County school
-Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
-Have a 2.0 GPA or better
-Write essay on requested topic

The deadline to register for the MYLAC Class of 2021-2022 is Thursday, September 30, 2021.