We are excited to start a new school year – with opportunity to help children and youth realize their dreams. Helping them stay in school and in track to a brighter future is part of our mission. Here’s the story of one of those young students.
Last December, a group of nine 9th-grade students from P35m high school in Manhattan went to our Chelsea boutique to find professional outfits to wear in job interviews and work. Watch the video from that trip here.
The students, who were repeating 9th grade, took part in a Career Readiness project. The high-schoolers wore the outfits during their final assessment: mock interviews with school administrators.
This summer, one of those students, Tyrell, came back to thank Goodwill for the outfit we provided him. He told us that although he was nervous, looking good gave him the confidence to go out there to interview. He now works as cashier and stock person at the drugstore RiteAid. After we filmed him, he became very emotional. He told Martin Kitto, the English teacher who arrange the styling session at Goodwill, “I feel like I accomplished something because everyone said I’d be dead or in jail by now.”
Watch Tyrell with fashion blogger Shaunya here.
Goodwill’s Youth programs serve more than 9,000 children and families annually. For information about our Youth Services, please visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/services/youth-services.
Manhattan High School is a standardized assessment high school within District 75. District 75 is the special education school district for New York City which serves students whose needs cannot be met in a community school. Manhattan High School serves students with emotional disturbance who take the same district and state wide assessments as general education students. Manhattan High School is therefore designed to be as close to a general educational environment as possible. Students have a blocked schedule and take the same subjects as students in a general educational setting. Class sizes are smaller in order to accommodate student’s needs and each student is provided with therapeutic counseling services.
For more information about the P35m Manhattan High School, please call (212) 247-4307
Address is 317 West 52nd Street
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