Brittany

Goodwill Program: Youth Job Connection

“With this job, I feel like a young woman. I don’t feel like a young child. I feel more independent. I am proud of myself.”

Brittany had only one hour to get to a job fair for Pinkberry that she heard about on the radio. The 18-year-old wasn’t sweating the time crunch to get showered and ready for an interview.

Brittany, a West Mecklenburg High School student, says Goodwill’s Youth Job Connection prepared her so well that she landed the job on the spot for the new SouthPark frozen yogurt shop.

On any given day, Brittany can be found wearing one of many hats at Pinkberry — as a “goodness guy,” “topping specialist” or as “last impressionist.” The fun titles and roles, she says, keep the job interactive and positive.

“I love my job because it’s fast paced, the customers and coworkers are very nice and the yogurt is delicious. You couldn’t ask for anything more,” Brittany says. “I can’t wait to go to work next!

“With this job, I feel like a young woman. I don’t feel like a young child. I feel more independent. I am proud of myself.”

Brittany is happy she invested her time in the Youth Job Connection by taking workshops like resume, job readiness, retail and personal finance. She is especially appreciative of the one-on-one support she received from her career counselor, Kimberly Poindexter.

“I wanted to learn how I could be an asset to an employer,” Brittany says. “I took it seriously by asking questions, by signing up to meet with my career counselor and I came in dressed in pants and a blouse. I was determined to find a job.

“I became more educated in customer service and how to work in a retail store.”

Brittany admits she probably would not be working today had it not been for the Youth Job Connection.

“I would walk up and down Freedom drive looking for work. I kind of gave up,” Brittany says.
Using skills from Goodwill’s workshops and her paycheck from Pinkberry, Brittany is on a mission now. She saves her money for school supplies, college and the car she hopes to purchase soon.

“The other day I went to the bank to open my first savings and checking account,” adds Brittany, who wants to be a dental hygienist one day. “Now, I can buy my family things. I bought my mom lunch the other day.

“It feels like I am finally growing up.”


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