Heather’s Story: How She Found Support, Education, and Opportunity in Goodwill’s YouthBuild Program

By Heather P., YouthBuild Participant & Marketing Intern, Goodwill Omaha

Heather working in the YouthBuild workshop.
In Goodwill Omaha’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps program, Heather has discovered she has multiple career path options. Here, she’s working in the YouthBuild workshop.

When I turned 18, I dropped out of high school to take care of my father as his primary caregiver. I am also the caregiver to my younger brother, who has autism and Asperger’s syndrome. I had terrible anxiety about school and teachers from my past experiences in high school, where a teacher told me I was a misfit and “not diploma material.” That drove me into a dark depression and affected my attitude negatively. I thought to myself, if my teacher doesn’t think I am good enough and doesn’t care, then why should I care about myself? So, I started skipping school and making bad decisions.

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