On Wednesday, July 15, participants from the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) program in Goodwill’s Back to Work (B2W) program visited St. John’s University in Queens. They explored possible higher education and career advancement options. The YES program, currently in its pilot phase, aims to connect young adults ages 16-24 to services that encourage them to seek a better future by enhancing their employment skills and exploring education and training opportunities.

During their visit, the youths explored the campus, learned about the history and current opportunities at the school including: Financial aid, scholarships, and grants available. In addition, the Goodwill participants were treated to lunch and met with students from the RISE Network, a multicultural student-led mentoring program for St. John’s students. The YES participants discussed with the students their future goals and career aspirations, and how they believed the Goodwill YES Program can help them.

“I never met anyone from my neighborhood or in my family who went to college,” said Suzie, YES Program Participant. “It was great to hear stories from the St. John’s students and their history. I realized that I could be the first person in my family to go to college.”

The YES Program will continue their college tour series with a visit to City College of NY on Wednesday, July 22.

I tell myself and others that it is never too late to go back to school. If you have the opportunity, you should take it without hesitation. Education benefits only you in the long-run. If you lose everything you have, you still have the knowledge you acquired. If you have a degree and you lose your job, there are so many more opportunities out there for you. Education is the key to success and should always be your long term goal.

Will you be the first one in your family to go to college? Share why going to college is important for you.
For more information about Goodwill’s YES Program, please contact Jomaira Martinez at (718) 704-5900 ext. 5924 or jmartinez@goodwillny.org.



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