In addition to providing jobs and employment training, Goodwill Industries of North Florida supports individuals who are ready to take the next step on the economic ladder by earning a college degree and/or certification. We support postsecondary education opportunities through programs designed for high school graduates as well as their parents and others who are motivated to seek and obtain higher-paying jobs.


The A-STEP program aims to provide adults in North Florida access to postsecondary education opportunities to elevate earning potential and job security by securing industry credentials and certifications. The key to the A-STEP program is providing each participant with one-on-one support from start to finish of their educational or skills training program. Along with intensive case management, College Navigators offer A-STEP participants personalized financial aid advice, ongoing academic support, gap funding and job retention services up to 180 days to put adults on the path to success and long-term sustainability.  Enrollment is simple!


A-STEP Eligibility Requirements:

-Live at or below the 300% national poverty guidelines

-18 years of age or older

-High School diploma or GED

-US citizen/legal resident

-Reside in Florida

-Provide supporting documentation for proof of income, age and residency status

-Willing to receive case management services 

-No bachelors degree.  Those with prior certifications will be considered on an individual basis. 

-Willing to participate in Financial Literacy 

-Agree to retention services for up to 180-days post graduation

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The Adam R. Thayer Scholarship

We are proud to announce the third annual Adam R. Thayer Scholarship in honor of our beloved colleague, Adam Thayer. Set up in remembrance of Adam Thayer.

To be eligible the student must be a current Goodwill employee or a graduating high school senior who intends to continue their education. The scholarship is open to all majors.

Consideration will be given to academic achievement, financial need, and the student’s community service record. To find out more information and apply click here:

Get There Program with First Coast Technical College

Goodwill, First Coast Technical College (FCTC), The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation are partnering to provide a 1-Year Florida College Plan to St. Johns County students. 

The Get There Faster Plan is a two-part program. FCTC is preparing to host a series of programs and workshops for high school students interested in the highly sought-after workforce certification programs. Students will be included as early as 6th grade to begin career exploration and will have the opportunity to engage with FCTC throughout their high school career.

Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the application packet.

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Take Stock in Children is changing the lives of deserving (or under-served) students by combining in-school support through a College Success Coach, the promise of a 60 credit tuition scholarship and most importantly the guidance of a caring mentor. Now more than ever, we must Take Stock in our children. Our comprehensive, wraparound services start in middle school and continue through high school, and most importantly, remain through post-secondary education.To learn more about the program and how to enroll a student or become a mentor, please visit the Take Stock In Children website.

Mayor's Young Leaders Advisory Council (MYLAC)

Goodwill of North Florida has partnered with the City of Jacksonville to facilitate The Mayor's Young Leaders Advisory Council (MYLAC). MYLAC was established in 2014 and is composed of 50 high school juniors and seniors. MYLAC gives youth with leadership potential the opportunity to learn more about city government and effective citizenship so they can make a positive difference as young leaders. The Council also shares ideas with city officials and advises on issues facing Jacksonville youth.


-Attend a Duval County school
-Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
-Have a 2.0 GPA or better
-Write essay on requested topic

The deadline to register for the MYLAC Class of 2022-2023 is Friday, September 30,2022

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We are proud to announce Goodwill’s Mayor’s Youth at Work Partnershp (MYAWP)!

The MYAWP program provides eligible high school students work-related experiences that prepare them to succeed in employment. We partner with local businesses who employ and train students. Each student and employer will work with a Job Coach who will assist in the employment process, provide support, training and be a liaison between the student and employer. In addition to employment, students will develop social skills, learn work norms and culture, understand career pathways, build professional networks and learn to manage money. 

The goal of the MYAWP is to build the talent pipeline for our local economy by connecting young adults with education and employment career pathways that prepare them to meet the skill demands of employers while leading them to workforce success.

If you are a business interested in employing students click here:

If you are a student interested click here:


The TeensWork Alachua (TWA) program provides eligible students with paid internships and job opportunities that prepare them to succeed in employment. Students work with local businesses that offer on the job training and mentorship.

In addition to paid internships, students also receive job readiness, financial, and soft skills training along with the support of a job coach. Job coaches assist students through every step of the internship process to help make the experience as meaningful as possible.

If you are a business interested in employing students click here:

If you are a student interested click here:

Contact for questions. 

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