YMCA School-to-Work Transition Program

Crystal Wade (left), a Goodwill pre-employment specialist, stands with some of the School-to-Work Transition Program students.

The Franklin County Family YMCA is partnering with Goodwill to host a community School-to-Work Transition Program this school year.

Goodwill’s School-To-Work combines skills-building with real-world, on-the-job training and wage earning. The program is designed for high school students who receive special education as they transition into the workforce.

This program, and the community partnerships involved, ensures that young adults receive the work experience and skill sets that allow them to gain employment in the future. Students also receive education credits toward a high school diploma by participating in the program.

“We are so thankful for the helpful and always smiling volunteers from Goodwill,” said Victoria Brown, Ferrum YMCA director and volunteer program coordinator. “Mornings at the Rocky Mount Y provide an excellent environment for these young adults to gain valuable work experience and self-confidence because our members and staff are engaging, and volunteers receive praise for their hard work every day.”

The Y and Goodwill also partnered over the summer on the Summer Pre-Employment Transition Program where participants helped to maintain a playground near the Y. Members of the Y and Goodwill worked together to spread mulch on the playground and fix playground equipment.

“The Community School-to-Work Transition Program students are currently enjoying developing job skills while helping at the local YMCA,” said Crystal Wade, a Goodwill pre-employment specialist. “The students look forward to coming to the YMCA every day and feel appreciated by the staff and community daily.”

Upon successful completion of the School-to-Work program, individuals will be referred to supportive employment, occupational training or job placement.