OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
We have learned alongside our Community Partners as they have faced challenges, overcome barriers, and achieved extraordinary successes. Find out more about each project and the outcomes below.
Goodwill provides employment opportunities to people with barriers to employment.
Project Reboot will equip 60 at-risk youth, ages 14 to 21, with the skills they need to succeed in the high-demand computer industry. The program will also divert 800 tons of electronic waste from Central Texas landfills. With support from two full-time job skills trainers, the youth will refurbish/recycle donated computer systems and learn technology-related job skills to prepare them for the world of work in jobs that typically pay $12 to $20 per hour and are projected to be increasing dramatically in the next 10 years. Through the Impact Austin grant, Goodwill expects to turn at-risk youth into young people who have the skills needed to obtain a job and become self sufficient.
Goodwill considers Project Reboot a great success and has kept it in operation after the grant period to continue serving the community. Goodwill organizations from other areas have taken notice and are investigating how to replicate the program for their constituencies.
Fifty participants were enrolled in Project Reboot, forty of which achieved mastery level at graduation. At the end of the grant period, twenty-seven either graduated from high school or obtained their GED; seventeen were still enrolled in high school or pursuing their GED. Twenty-one youths secured employment and seven enrolled in college.
Based on their experience, Goodwill adapted their original plans for Project Reboot to better the students’ needs and to ensure the success of the program. As students entered the program, more one-on-one time was spent discussing their individual vocational goals and ways to meet them. Training was expanded beyond technical topics to include job readiness skills such as safety, nutrition, motivation, time management, ethics, active listening, anger management, and financial fitness. Based on feedback from clients placed into employment, sales floor experience was incorporated so that participants could be exposed to the end result of their efforts and could gain crucial personal interaction experience.
As for the environmental objectives, Goodwill Computer Works processes about 250 tons of electronic waste per month. Of this, Project Reboot dismantles, sorts and refurbishes approximately 25%, averaging 750 tons per year which is either reused by consumers or recycled. On a daily basis about $300 to $600 of material is refurbished and redirected for sale in the Goodwill Computer Works store, to the benefit of Goodwill financially.