The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator aims to mobilize a hundred and twenty-five community-based Goodwill organizations and provide more than a million people with enhanced digital skills over three years. To be staffed by a thousand Google volunteers, the program will target individuals who have limited work experience and need additional skills training; people with disabilities and/or disadvantages; youth and young adults; older workers; veterans and military family members; and individuals who are transitioning back into their communities. Sixty-seven Goodwill organizations were chosen to be part of the program's first cohort, with a second cohort to be announced in the spring of 2018.
Local Goodwill organizations have three options for participation based on their current digital skills training operations; capacity to initiate or expand their training; and local labor market demand. Ten local Goodwill organizations have been selected as Digital Change Agents and will receive grants of $300,000 each to serve as leaders for the network; seventy-five Goodwill organizations were named Digital Champions and will receive grants of $50,000 and take part in extensive learning and technical assistance opportunities designed to enhance their job training offerings; and eighteen Goodwill organizations were named Digital Enthusiasts and will receive grants of $8,000 grant to participate in learning events. The remaining Goodwill organizations will be recruited in 2018.
"With the ten million dollar investment from Google.org and the talent invested by Googler volunteers, local, community-based Goodwill organizations will be empowered to be key places where job-seekers can build their digital skills. From becoming aware of digital career opportunities, to learning basic digital skills, to earning credentials from entry level to middle skills, Google.org's investment will equip people to advance their careers and improve their lives," said Goodwill president and CEO Jim Gibbons. "Career navigation leads to long-term economic stability for individuals, their families and the greater community. Together with Google, we are helping people change their lives and their families' lives."