Goodwill Guides Youth With GoodGuides Program

January is National Mentoring Month, and Goodwill of Central Illinois is helping area youth succeed with the Goodwill® GoodGuides youth mentoring program. The effort is part of a national program that helps teens finish school and transition into productive careers through the guidance of trusted adults and peers.

“Goodwill has a long history of helping people better their lives,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President & CEO. “A crucial part of that history is making sure that individuals and families have the resources they need to be successful. GoodGuides helps keep youth who are at-risk get on the right path, stay away from trouble and move toward a better future. That’s good for everyone involved.”

Since 2010, Goodwill of Central Illinois GoodGuides program has paired 138 youth with mentors in Peoria, Tazewell and Knox counties.

The Goodwill GoodGuides program aims to help youth develop career plans and skills, and prepare for graduation, post-secondary training and productive work by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult and peer mentors. It targets youths between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at-risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disabilities, drug or alcohol dependence, or gang membership.

If you would like to volunteer to become a mentor or know of a youth who would benefit from this program, please call Elizabeth McCombs at 309-369-9884 or email


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