Careers & Continuing Education

“You saw me as someone who is capable of great things.  And I believed it”

Help the youth re-write the script of their lives
Every January, June and October

Our goal is to inspire the youth to imagine and define what their ideal crime-free future looks like.  Then, help them create a step-by-step action plan to attain that ideal future. Upon release, they will know what their next-right-step is to continuing their education and/or getting a job. Join us in encouraging the youth to define and stay on the path that leads to becoming successful young adults who contribute to society rather than staying on the path that led them to incarceration.  We focus on careers that require 2 years or less continuing education or apprenticeship.

Due to covid precautions, panels will be a bit different: Presenters will go into one or two classrooms and talk to the whole class rather then the youth choosing  2 of the 3 panels and going to the presenters.

Here’s how you can help:  Do you know a compassionate person who can represent

  • The Airline Industry –  baggage handlers, flight attendents, customer service reps & other entry level positions
  • Cosmetology – including barbering
  • Government & public administration
  • Health industry – such as physical & occupational therapists, dental assistants, vet techs, medical diagnostic techs
  • Hospitality & tourism – hotels, cruise ships, event planning…
  • Transportation, distribution & logistics

The students benefit from knowing what you like, don’t like about your job, how to get your foot in the door, education/training they should be working towards, and of course, salary/wage range.


    We kick off the 2-day event with a speaker who will inspire and encourage the kids Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread previously came and shared about his journey from severe depression, to drugs as a coping mechanism, to crime and and then incarceration. He was sentenced to a state prison four times for a total of 15 years. Dave inspired and gave hope to the kids with his story of how he overcame really bad choices to become a successful business man and great humanitarian. The kids all agreed Dave’s story gave them hope that they too can move beyond their bad choices and be successful contributing adults.

    First Day – Career Panels for all 140 youth- we need YOU to share on a panel the good and not so great about your job; including amount of education or training required, salary range, and if it is a field/job that is increasing or decreasing in demand.

    Second Day – Youth leaving within 4 months will attend workshops given by Goodwill Job Training instructors:

    A bit more:
    Youth will create their resume and cover letter and save to a thumb drive

    Have a 60 second pitch ready to give to a potential employer

    Will learn about interviewing, dress for success, job search and how to stand out from the crowd

    What a good employee looks like

    Also, Team Child – If you can seal your record, and if so – how.

    Thank you to  Angel and Jeni from the William Booth Center, who kicked off previous event with an all-school assembly.  Both served time at Purdy Women’s Prison and both shared their challenges and set backs after being released and then their ultimate paths to becoming a successful contributing adults that now help many others find their way.  Know of other inspirational speakers who have overcome the incarceration rut?