Out of School Youth Services-Baton Rouge

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, in partnership with Employ BR Youth Services Division, provides free high school equivalency test (HiSET) preparation and job skills training to eligible, out of school youth in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The overall goal of the program is to provide eligible young adults with the opportunity to secure a better future for themselves through job training, work experience, and support services. The program also offers job training opportunities in fields such as broadband technology, hospitality, HVAC, office/clerical, advanced manufacturing and more.

Individuals who may qualify for the program should not be attending school, be between the ages of 16 and 24, an East Baton Rouge Resident and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • School dropout
  • Out of School at the time of enrollment and subsequently placed in an alternate school or any school
  • Within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent completed school year/calendar quarter.
  • A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is either basic skills deficient or an English language learner
  • An individual subject to either the juvenile or adult justice system
  • Homeless, runaway, or an individual in foster care or who has aged out of foster care, eligible for assistance under Section 477 of the Social Security Act, or an individual who is an out-of-home placement
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • An individual with a disability
  • A low-income individual who requires assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment

Interested parties should contact Program Director Dr. Shelia Lewis at (225) 308-0220 or slewis@goodwillno.org. Registration and job training will occur at the Goodwill Industries Career Center, located at 647 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801.