Youth Programs

It’s our desire to make sure that everyone from the ages of 14 to 21 has the opportunity to discover their passion and create the life they’ve always dreamed of living. In order to accomplish this goal, we offer a variety of programs designed to walk students through the steps of self discovery and get them on the path to vocational and educational success.

Explore the list below for details about specific services:

Foster Youth Programs

The Youth in Transition Community Initiative of Forsyth County is a comprehensive community plan designed to improve foster youths’ chances of connecting with the necessary supports and services to successfully transition into adulthood. Invaluable program support has also been provided by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a leader in working with communities throughout the U.S. to improve outcomes for youth in foster care. Goodwill has been chosen as the lead agency for the program, utilizing its experience and existing resources to implement supportive programs such as youth opportunities coaches, mentoring, housing support and financial literacy training. Visit for more information.

In Buncombe County, Goodwill partners with Buncombe County Health and Human Services to offer the ECHO program, designed to help foster youth build a network of relevant services to establish ongoing connections with family, friends, mentors, the community, employment, education, financial assistance, skills training, and other resources to facilitate the transition to adulthood. To learn more, email or call (828) 298-9023.

Youth Resources and Opportunities

Goodwill offers a variety of free, year-round services to help youth reach their full potential, both vocationally and academically. Some of the services include job readiness training, paid work experience opportunities, communication skills training, individual career plans, assistance in obtaining a high school diploma or GED and access to other resources needed for future success.

Goodwill partners with a number of organizations to provide youth programs including the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Buncombe County Schools and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board.

For more information on Goodwill’s youth programs, please contact:

Crosby Scholars

The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership is an affiliate organization of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. The two organizations have shared goals in that Crosby Scholars helps remove barriers to college and Goodwill helps remove barriers to employment – lack of education is increasingly becoming the primary barrier to employment.  Crosby Scholars currently serves Forsyth, Iredell and Rowan Counties.  Please visit the links below for more information: