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Local Teen Finds Success Thanks to Goodwill Programming

February 8, 2017

Canton, OH – February 8, 2017 – Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio, Inc. (“Goodwill”), in a preview of awards to be handed out at the upcoming Report to the Community Breakfast, is proud to share that Matt Kover has secured employment through ABM at Belden Village Mall after participating in Goodwill’s Summer Youth Program.

Matt will be awarded Goodwill’s “Edgar J. Helms Outstanding Achiever” award at the organization’s annual breakfast event on March 16, 2017.

Matt came to Goodwill seeking help landing a summer job in 2016, taking part in Goodwill’s Youth Summer Employment Program – a three-month program that connects local youth with employers seeking summer help. The purpose of the program is to teach teens valuable employment skills and responsibilities. Goodwill staff is available to youth and their employers throughout the program – providing help, guidance and support. Youth, like Matt, can be hired as a permanent employee s after the summer employment program is finished. Goodwill has been awarded the Stark County Youth Summer Employment Program contract through the Department of Jobs and Family Services for the past five years, and is always thankful for the opportunity to work with local youth, laying a solid foundation for a prosperous professional future.

Prior to partnering with Goodwill, Matt was overcoming a history of bullying and had just moved from rural Wayne County into urban Canton. As a seventeen-year old in foster care, switching schools and environments left Matt feeling like he didn’t know anyone. Matt and Goodwill joined forces to find summer employment and connect him to his new community.  

After discovering a bullying incident at Matt’s initial placement, Goodwill connected Matt with a janitorial opening at Belden Village Mall. Matt took full advantage of this opportunity saying, “I told myself, you’re going to thrive, you’re not just going to survive, you’re going to thrive.” And thrive is exactly what Matt did. After seeing what Matt could do first hand while on the job, Belden Village management contacted Goodwill with great news – Matt was offered a permanent position.


“Goodwill definitely sets you up with great places to work, I can’t thank them enough for that,” Matt said.



The local Goodwill, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc., (“Goodwill”) is a nearly 100-year old social enterprise that works closely with other non-profit agencies as well as community businesses to prepare people for a variety of stable career options and in turn, a more productive and sustainable way of life. Revenue from its retail stores helps Goodwill provide people with the life changing, skill-building programs and services needed to remove common barriers to good jobs.  In 2016, Goodwill impacted the lives of 14,438  residents in the 10 counties it serves: Cuyahoga, Geauga, part of Lake, Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Jefferson, and Harrison in Ohio, and Brooke and Hancock in West Virginia. Learn more at