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Goodwill GoodGuides® seeks mentors

Jan 16, 2015

Rochester, N.Y. – Remember back to when you were 14? Did you know what you wanted to do when you grew up? Are you doing that now as a career? How did you get here from there?

Answering the question of "What do I want to do as a career?" is not top-of-mind for many at-risk 12- to 17-year-olds in and around Rochester. If it is, figuring out the answer is difficult at best.

GoodGuides® mentors provide a resource to these teens that can make the difference. The teen can turn to the mentor to learn about careers and how to prepare for success. Ask yourself: "Could I be this resource?"

“At Goodwill GoodGuides®, we think these youth matter. Be someone who matters to these youth. Be a mentor,” said Goodwill GoodGuides® Program Manager Carrie Abbott.

GoodGuides® mentors get something out of the relationship, too.

"With just four hours a month, mentors see a positive transformation in the youth, and themselves, throughout the year-long relationship," said Abbott.

GoodGuides® mentors are regular people. They are interested in helping teens plan for their futures and explore careers. Mentors receive training after passing a screening process to ensure good matches with youth.

If someone cannot commit for an entire year, they can still help GoodGuides®.

“The year-long commitment may be too much for some people who want to help. That’s okay,” said Abbott. “Goodwill GoodGuides® is always seeking volunteers. Come in. Talk with the kids about your area of expertise and other career-oriented, motivational topics.”

Become a Goodwill GoodGuides® mentor by contacting Abbott at (585) 683-1381 or Your 14-year-old self will appreciate it.

Goodwill GoodGuides® is a mission brand empowered by Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.