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 JERICHA

Land of Lincoln Goodwill wishes to recognize one of our own who recently graduated from a Historical Black College and University. Jericha Richards joined our GoodGuides Youth Mentoring program in 2010. Upon graduating from the program, Jericha went on to become a peer mentor, an adult mentor, and an employee at our Goodwill stores. Jericha took time to answer some questions and reflect on her experience at a Historical Black College and University.

Why should an HBCU be a top choice for young adults to attend?
“Students should consider an HBCU (Historical Black College and University), because it is truly a place where you are somebody. It allows for you to be in a familiar place around other students who want equal opportunities. There are ample amounts of networking and travel opportunities and a plethora of internship opportunities. Attending an HBCU will teach and one day help a student apply core principals to use in the workforce and teach those survival characteristics needed to be the best you that you can be. An HBCU is truly a home away from home.”

What major and degree did you receive?
“I double majored in Biology and Visual and Performing Arts and received my Bachelor of Arts and Science.”

What are some memorable moments you had at Grambling State University?
“Some of the most memorable moments for me started my freshman year when I was inducted into the President’s Student Leadership Initiative. Being inducted into that program opened up travel opportunities as well as opportunities for me to network with other HBCU students and CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies. I was a mentor and orientation leader for four years and was able to introduce my University to prospective students. One of my first memories was serving as the Vice President of the Biological and Pre-Doctoral Society. Also, with many organizations and programs under my belt, I even had time to be a part of fun organizations serving as the Vice President of Strut-LA Modeling Troupe, where we believe in the uplifting of people, building confidence as well as showing that in every person there is beauty and fashion. The Strut-LA Modeling Troupe allowed me to work with over 100 different designers, some being a part of Atlanta fashion week, and others being featured in fashion magazines in New York City, but also using designers from other HBCUs and from other cities such as Texas, Missouri, Florida, Vegas, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Lastly, HOMECOMING HOMECOMING HOMECOMING !! Homecoming at Grambling State was like going to a family reunion with thousands of people. I had the chance to go to comedy shows with featured artists such as Deeray Davis, B Simone, Desi Banks and Wild N Out. The biggest thing was the concerts, being able to see artist from Bell Biv Devoe, Erykah Badu, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Joe, Tank, Jeremih, Tianna Taylor, Young Thug, City Girls, Megan the Stallion, G- Herbo, Gunna, Party Next Door, Bryson Tiller, the Migos as well as so many more, while never having to pay anything to see these artists.”

How did Grambling State University prepare you for entering the workforce?
“Grambling State prepared me for the workforce in more ways than one. From community service opportunities that taught me that being kind and helpful is more rewarding than receiving things, from the standard set on campus with dress. Although it was never mandatory to dress a certain way, the atmosphere made you want to dress up. Grambling held a convocation on Tuesdays or Thursdays where you had to wear business attire and listen to a speaker who has already established themselves from celebrity to millionaire status. The convocation gave me an opportunity to see other African Americans who came from a similar background as I become someone who is in a place of comfort and stability. Most of all the ample amount of internship, travel, and conference opportunities placed in your hands gave you the opportunity to update and work on your resume as well as adding to a growing business-like mindset. Some of those opportunities granted included Thurgood Marshall, Med School Conferences, HBCU meet-ups, NASAP (National Association of Student Affairs Professionals). My favorite thing was the etiquette classes and mock interviews offered. Grambling prepared me for dinner and office interviews. They even had a place where you can pick from an array of business attire to add to your collection. Grambling gave me the needed opportunities to teach me with hands on experience how to be assertive and professional in everything I do.”

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Name: Jericha Richards
Youth Mentor & College Graduate
School: Grambling State University
Major: Biology and Visual and Performing Arts
Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Jericha Richards graduating with two degrees

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.

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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

STATS
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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