GoodHealth Mission Statement
The Good Health program embraces the values and ethics provided by Goodwill in order to enhance and enrich our priority population of moderate to severe special education students by providing equal access to health education, work opportunities, and mobility training through meaningful classroom health education lessons, on-site volunteer experience, and monthly field trip activities.
To build the capacity of each participant to manage their life healthfully as an individual, community member, peer, and family member in a way that empowers them to become their own advocates so that they can develop resistance, strategies to peer pressure, self-advocacy techniques, nutritional knowledge, and work experience.
Every person has the opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.
In 2009, SJSU Health Science Student, Samantha Dauz, partnered with retired educator, Marilyn Bliss to create a grant that would provide services to special needs youth in East Side Union High School District. With this grant and funding from Santa Clara County, the team of health educators built a curriculum that would help their priority population in life skills and expand their knowledge in their health and well-being.
After a couple of years, it was time that the GoodHealth Program would need more stable funding. It was at this time where the GoodHealth partnered with Goodwill of Silicon Valley to be fully funded and continue providing health and life skills services. They were lead under the direction of Youth Programs Department Director, Bruce Shimizu. In addition, this partnership would allow Samantha and Marilyn to utilize the services of the institute to provide mobility training and work experience.
Each year, Samantha and Marilyn would hire a team of five or six college students from the Health Science Department at San Jose State University. These interns would be the leaders and educators of the classes provided directly to students at their high schools.
In 2013, Samantha continued the legacy as the new Program Coordinator. During Samantha’s time in leadership, she built a rapport with the East Side Union High School District and established multiple annual events for their students to be involved in social skill development by joining all of the schools for community field trips. She also began the annual Post Senior Health and Career Fairs.
A year later, Samantha hired Serafina Morada-Angulo as her assistant with the purpose to eventually be her successor. And in 2015, Serafina took reigns on the program. Since then, the program has expanded into two more districts and the college intern teams have doubled to up to 13 members each year to serve in our schools.