Faces of Good

Goodwill’s mission of supporting people who need a hand-up is at the very heart of what we are about. Whether through employment, vocational training, career development, computer training or mentoring at risk youth, our focus is on people and creating a pathway for self-sufficiency. Faces of Good portrays the people we help – veterans, those with disabilities, adolescent youth, our employees and the unemployed.

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Graduates of Goodwill’s Youth Services Programs Move On and Up.

Land of Lincoln Goodwill’s Youth Services programs support at-risk teens through mentoring, coaching, and overcoming obstacles to education and career growth. Three youth that recently graduated from our programs and have enrolled in college, recall their journey in their own words.

MEET ARIS

“My first-time meeting Coach Faraji and Coach Ikenna was the summer going into 9th grade. From now until the first day we met they never stopped encouraging me or gave up on me. Through my journey of high school, I learned a lot from the GoodGuides/Teen Reach Youth Mentoring and the Goodwill Student-Athlete Program. For example, how to be a leader and how to handle life situations. I went from being a youth in the program to a mentor because I wanted to see other youth succeeding and having somebody to count on because I know how it feels not to have anything. Now that I made it to a two-year college, I’m working to be the first in my family to go to a four-year college in a couple of years. I feel that this program helped me accomplish a big goal. Nobody saw me doing this except both of my mentors. I recommend the GoodGuides/Teen Reach Youth Mentoring and Student-Athlete Program to all youth because they will gain a lot of advantages in life. I told both of my mentors from the beginning what I wanted to accomplish and I’ve been on the right path listening to these guys ever since.”

— Aris Frazier, Jr.

STATS
Name: Aris Frazier, Jr.
School: Rochester Community and Technical College
Year: Freshman
Major: Business
Team: RCTC Men’s Basketball team

Aris Frazier Jr.

MEET DAVID

“The GoodGuides/Teen Reach Youth Mentoring and Student-Athlete Program helped me stay focused and vent my problems out. My friends in the program related to some of the troubles I had in school and through conversations with each other and our mentors we got through them. I’m currently at the University of Illinois studying Community Health.”

— David Emuze

STATS
Name: David Emuze
School: University of Illinois – Champaign
Year: Freshman
Major: Community Health
Team: U of I Men’s Track team

STATS
Name: David Emuze
School: University of Illinois – Champaign
Year: Freshman
Major: Community Health
Team: U of I Men’s Track team

MEET DAVID

“The GoodGuides/Teen Reach Youth Mentoring and Student-Athlete Program helped me stay focused and vent my problems out. My friends in the program related to some of the troubles I had in school and through conversations with each other and our mentors we got through them. I’m currently at the University of Illinois studying Community Health.”

— David Emuze

David Emuze

MEET DEANDRE

“My name is Deandre White and I was brought into the GoodGuides/Teen Reach Youth Mentoring and Student-Athlete Program when I was in middle school. I first met Coach Ikenna and Coach Faraji Martin when I was attending an alternative school. After I was in the program I went back to regular school and got back on track. This program helped me write my goals down, find what I wanted to pursue in life, and get a plan to execute them. Throughout all the ups and downs I had through life I was able to go to college. Currently I’m attending Viterbo University as a student-athlete majoring in Criminal Justice and playing college basketball. A quote I have for my peers is that ‘Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.”

— Deandre White

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Name: Deandre White
School: Viterbo University
Year: Freshman
Major: Criminal Justice
Team: Viterbo Men’s Basketball team

Deandre White

Faces of Good: In Their Own Words

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