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Goodwill adds Mentoring Program Manager, Master Mentor to staff
Courtney Portela and Nilsa Amaya have been hired to administer Goodwill's youth mentoring program, GoodGuides. The program provides career exploration, mentoring, and skill development for at-risk youth ages 12-17 in Southwest Florida.
Portela is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. In Durham, Portela gained youth mentoring experience with the university’s “Project Mentor,” a program that provides guidance to middle-school students with low aspirations.
In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the GoodGuides program, Portela will partner with community organizations, recruit youth and mentors, and participate in ongoing training exercises. Portela’
“I look forward to using my experiences to help out kids and be a positive influence on them,” says Portela. “I want to develop a great group of volunteer mentors that are just as passionate about making a difference in these kids’ lives as I am.”
Amaya is a Fort Myers native and a graduate of Hodges University, where she received her B.S. in Criminal Justice. She hopes that her ten years of experience working at the Department of Children and Families will help in her new position.
As Master Mentor, Amaya will travel throughout Goodwill’s five-county service area, training volunteer mentors and working closely with program participants. “Helping young adults pursue something more important than a high school diploma is important to them,” she says. “Especially in this economy.”
GoodGuides provides career exploration, mentoring, and skill development activities for at-risk youth age 12-17. Students receive encouragement and resources with the goal of staying in school, improving school performance, and developing career plans. The program is made possible by a Department of Justice Grant, which will allow Goodwill to provide the GoodGuides program in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. More information about GoodGuides is available at http://www.goodwillswfl.org/
Goodwill is actively recruiting volunteer mentors for the GoodGuides program. For more information, contact Courtney Portela at (239) 823-6931. A mentor application is also available online at http://www.goodwillswfl.org.
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About Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida:
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida helps people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence. Programs include income-sensitive housing, career placement assistance, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, Four Wheels for Work, and others.