Category Archives: training


This week, on Our Goodwill Stories, Mike and Emily chat with Alex Budrevich. Alex talks about his transition from the Work Adjustment Program to employment at Goodwill and now to broadcast technician trainee in Radio Reading, like Otho Mae and Larry. He also shares his history with music, starting as an accordionist and acquiring the drums, bass, harmonica, and now ukulele. His comfort behind the mic comes from his experience playing in a band,.


This week, on Our Goodwill Stories, Mike and Emily introduce Larry Karabin, a long-time Textiles employee-turned Radio Reading trainee along with Otho Mae and Alex. Larry entertains with his zingers while claiming to be a boring person – which listeners will find out quickly he is not. Larry, Mike, and Emily talk history of Goodwill and the growing options of accessibility for people with vision impairments. Listen to Our Goodwill Stories through the News.

OUR GOODWILL STOR(I)ES: The CVS Retail Simulation Lab

This week, on Our Goodwill Stories, Mike and Emily discuss Goodwill’s CVS Retail Simulation Lab. They talk about the great relationship between Goodwill and CVS, and how this training space will create a prepared pipeline of Customer Service Representatives for the pharmaceutical retailer and the many opportunities for growth within the company. The training lab itself has many opportunities for growth, as Goodwill plans to include pharmacy technician, store manager, and other retail training.

OUR GOODWILL STOR(I)ES: “The most exciting news that I will ever share in my lifetime.”

The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator will shape the landscape of employment in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys In the second episode of Our Goodwill Stor(i)es, Emily announces Goodwill’s brand-new initiative to support potential employees and employers in the Youngstown-area, the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator. Listen as Mike and Emily talk about digital literacy assessments, soft skills training, IT opportunities and more – all of which will help people train for, get, and keep jobs.

Announcing: Our Goodwill Stor(i)es, the new Goodwill Podcast!

Emily and Mike
Youngstown Area Goodwill and the Youngstown Radio Reading Service are proud to announce their new podcast series, Our Goodwill Stor(i)es! Each week, tune in right here in the News & Events page on Goodwill’s website to hear stories and interviews from inside Goodwill’s walls and throughout the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys. We will interview guests, including Goodwill leadership, retail employees, volunteers, and clients, with the hope of sharing Goodwill’s impact on the community. Unique.