Goodwill’s Youth Programs provide a variety of services that help people ages 14 to 24 uncover their passions and reach their goals. Offered in partnership with community organizations, these programs 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:

NextGen Youth Services

In partnership with the Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board, Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, and Goodwill Industries of Central NC, the NextGen Youth Program aims to provide a structure and sense of accomplishment in the lives of youth served. The program is comprised of two main components: education and employment. Completion of a secondary educational program is the primary goal. Staff members also provide post-secondary education counseling and career preparation guidance. NextGen serves youth ages 16-24 in Buncombe, Caswell, Davie, Forsyth, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Transylvania, and Yadkin Counties. For more information:

Foster Youth Programs

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 ext. 11167.

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 Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board, Buncombe County Schools, and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board.

For more information on Goodwill’s youth programs, email or call the location nearest you:

  • Buncombe County: 828-298-9023 ext. 11167
  • Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties: 336-724-3621 ext. 11334
  • Davidson County: 336-236-8021 ext. 11001
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: