Education

SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION

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.

TAKE STOCK

Take Stock in Children is changing the lives of deserving (or under-served) students by combining in-school support through a College Success Coach, the promise of a 60 credit tuition scholarship and most importantly the guidance of a caring mentor. Now more than ever, we must Take Stock in our children. Our comprehensive, wraparound services start in middle school and continue through high school, and most importantly, remain through post-secondary education.To learn more about the program and how to enroll a student or become a mentor, please visit the Take Stock In Children website.

A-STEP

The A-STEP program aims to provide working adults in North Florida access to higher education in order to elevate earning potential and job security. This program is designed for adults who seek assistance to identify and complete training that will lead to career advancement and economic stability. The A-STEP program offers a successful blend of aptitude and career assessments, one-on-one support with the college enrollment, intensive case management, personalized financial aid advising,  ongoing academic support, and gap funding to put adults on the path to success and long-term sustainability.  

Eligible A-STEP participants must meet income guidelines, have lived in Florida for at least 90 days and have a legal right to work in the United States. Financial aid resources for some programs may require 1 year of Florida residency and no defaulted student loans.

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The Adam R. Thayer Scholarship

We are proud to announce the second annual Adam R. Thayer Scholarship in honor of our beloved colleague, Adam Thayer. Set up in remembrance of Adam Thayer the scholarship is designed to assist students who wish to pursue an degree in the information and technology field.

To be eligible the student must be a current Goodwill employee or a graduating high school senior who intends to continue their education in information technology. The deadline is for applications is April 15, 2022. Consideration will be given to academic achievement, financial need and the student’s community service record. To find out more information and apply click here:

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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 1-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.

EMPOWERING GREATNESS SCHOLARSHIP 2021

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

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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.

Requirements:

-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 2022-2023 is Friday, September 30,2022

THE MAYOR'S YOUTH AT WORK PARTNERSHIP

We are proud to announce Goodwill’s Mayor’s Youth at Work Partnershp (MYAWP)!

The MYAWP program provides eligible high school students work-related experiences that prepare them to succeed in employment. We partner with local businesses who employ and train students. Each student and employer will work with a Job Coach who will assist in the employment process, provide support, training and be a liaison between the student and employer. In addition to employment, students will develop social skills, learn work norms and culture, understand career pathways, build professional networks and learn to manage money. 

The goal of the MYAWP is to build the talent pipeline for our local economy by connecting young adults with education and employment career pathways that prepare them to meet the skill demands of employers while leading them to workforce success.

If you are a business interested in employing students click here:

If you are a student interested click here:

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TEENSWORK ALACHUA

The TeensWork Alachua (TWA) program provides eligible students with paid internships and job opportunities that prepare them to succeed in employment. Students work with local businesses that offer on the job training and mentorship.

In addition to paid internships, students also receive job readiness, financial, and soft skills training along with the support of a job coach. Job coaches assist students through every step of the internship process to help make the experience as meaningful as possible.

If you are a business interested in employing students click here:

If you are a student interested click here:

Contact twa@goodwilljax.org for questions.