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Success Story Friday: Brittany

October 22, 2010

When Brittany heard about the job fair for Pinkberry, she had just one hour to get ready and show up. But she wasn’t sweating it. The 18-year-old West Mecklenburg High School student says Goodwill’s Youth Job Connection had prepared her so well that she landed a job in the new SouthPark frozen yogurt shop on the spot.

Now you can find her working in various roles at Pinkberry, from a “goodness guy,” “topping specialist,” or as a “last impressionist.”

“I love my job because it’s fast-paced, the customers and coworkers are very nice and the yogurt is delicious. You couldn’t ask for anything more,” Brittany says. She’s happy she invested her time in the Youth Job Connection, taking workshops like resume skills, job readiness, retail and personal finance. She’s especially appreciative of the one-on-one support she received from her career counselor, Kimberly Poindexter.

“I wanted to learn how I could be an asset to an employer,” Brittany says. “I took it seriously.”

Now, armed with the skills she learned at Goodwill and her paycheck from Pinkberry, Brittany, who wants to be a dental hygienist someday, is on a mission. She saves her money for school supplies, to pay for college, and—what she wants the most—a car.

“The other day I went to the bank to open my first savings and checking account,” Brittany says. “Now, I can buy my family things. It feels like I am finally growing up.”

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