New Project Opens Doors After Foster Care

Monday marked day-one of Project Employment, a first-of-its-kind program to help kids take the first step past foster care.

It’s a partnership between Goodwill Industries and Project Everlast designed to provide employment training for youngsters who are ready to age-out of the foster care system.

Unless foster children who are aging out of the system find a way to go to college, they are on their own and they need to find jobs.

Linda Kizzier, with Project Employment, said, “Project Employment is a one-week curriculum-based program that’s going to help young people prepare for work. They're going to learn about what work ethic is, how to develop a resume, how to do an interview and really how to sell themselves in getting a job.”

Sierra Johnson hopes this program allows her to make connections for the future. She would like to own her own business one day but right now she hopes to find a job that leads her to her goal.

She said, “Hopefully, by the end of the program, I'll have my foot in the door on what I want to do and what type of career I can see myself in. So I feel like it’s going to help me open up a few other doors for me to see what I got going on.”

The project will last for five days with a graduation ceremony on Friday.

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