Ready for Retail is designed to give youth hands-on experience in an active thrift store setting. Youth also receive personal job search support, helping them build confidence in their communication skills and teaching them job search basics.

Topics in the Ready for Retail training program:


  •  Successful customer service
  •  Money-handling like a pro
  •  Cash register accuracy
  •  Merchandise displays that make money
  •  Workplace safety and loss prevention
  •  Confidence in communication
  •  Job search skill basics and support

Number of participants in 2015: 30

Employment placements for graduates of this training:
King Soopers Grocery Store, Red Lobster, Seasons 52, Wendy’s, Hilton Garden Inn

Participant Feedback:
“Now that I’ve completed this training, I feel more confident about my job search.”

“This training will help me to reach my personal goal because when I finish college, I want to do international business, and this program helped me learn how to communicate with people or customers.”

“I first needed a job and this training has really helped me in a way that I will reach my personal goals and get a job.”

“Now that I’ve completed this training, I feel like I’m ready to take on the work force of customer service.”