When Kalif President came to Goodwill he knew instantly he would be making a difference in people’s lives as the Goodworks Class Instructor with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. TANF is a workforce development program striving to help parents below the poverty line become work-ready through our program. Through his job, Kalif facilitates the Goodworks Class which trains participants to gain or improve on the important practical and soft skills utilized within the workplace through a virtual classroom setting. The class covers topics such as organization, interviewing skills, time management, professional writing, anger and stress management, Microsoft Office Programs/Google Workspace, resume building, and a variety of corresponding topics.
Prior to joining Goodwill, Kalif was a photographer at Studio 5 School Portraits in Northern Colorado. Kalif changed his career focus to find a role where he could use his bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Prevention & Intervention Sciences. When Kalif saw the role for the Goodworks Class instructor he knew immediately his goals, values, and passion for helping others would align with Goodwill’s mission.
“Since coming to Goodwill, I have been grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in my community and to develop as a professional.” Kalif says.
Kalif’s favorite part of his job is connecting with students. “I love being able to laugh with them, celebrate their successes with them, and learn from them myself.” Said Kalif “Though I am their instructor, sometimes students can become the teacher. Being younger than most of my participants, I have learned many important life lessons from those who are older and more experienced with life. They’re truly inspiring and motivating for me every day, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to teach them.” Kalif looks forward to working with the TANF program to see more clients thrive in the workforce while growing as a professional himself.