Kevin gets his GED and invites others to join YouthBuild
When Kevin came to Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota (GESMN), “he was as a confident, capable, charming 18-year-old,” according to Kristen, GESMN’s workforce development manager.
“Finding work had always been easy for Kevin, in fact, he said when employers meet him, they are excited to offer him a job.”
But Kevin faced a common problem: his career options and earning potential were often limited by a lack of education. Kevin could get a job, but he wanted something more.
Enter YouthBuild. While working to earn his GED, Kevin got a stipend and gained hands-on construction experience. Kevin enjoyed YouthBuild so much that he even invited his brother and a friend to join the class.
For Kevin, YouthBuild’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity was personally rewarding. His class supported Habitat’s construction projects, giving back to the community with their new carpentry and drywall skills.
Kevin’s strong work ethic and volunteer experience impressed his new boss, the owner of the remodeling company where he’s employed. While Kevin says construction isn’t for everyone, he found career success and wants other young adults to know, “the pay is worth it!”