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Goodwill launches program to help young adults in Rockford region

LifeLaunch is available for people between ages 18 and 24, who have dropped out of school or have previously been involved in the criminal justice system.
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 6:49 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Getting a second chance at life, that’s the goal of Goodwill’s LifeLaunch program to help people get back on their feet.

The organization says the program can help young adults have another chance and gain the skills needed for a good job. Participants can get free employment training along with job placement help for several fields. The program is available for people between ages 18 and 24, who have dropped out of school or have previously been involved in the criminal justice system.

“It also have the effect I think on the employer side. You look at community awareness, and the stigma associated with hiring somebody with a criminal background. It’s really changing those perceptions,” said Goodwill Northern Illinois President, Ben Bernsten.

“We work with these program participants and provide the skills and the training to make them valuable assets to companies.”

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