About 100 teens a year participate T2W, which is based on BGCA programs CareerLaunch (Gap Foundation), Money Matters (Charles Schwab Foundation) and Junior Staff. Participants can explore careers, get guidance on educational choices, and, more immediately, find a part-time job. Teens also write resumes, complete job applications, learn work place do’s-and-don’ts, engage in mock interviews, and work with local business leaders to set goals toward pursuing their ideal careers. More than half of T2W participants secure a job, with nearly 70 percent placed for an extended period.
Other programs the Club uses to create great futures include Be Ready (AT&T Aspire), which helps younger teens transition to high school, and Graduate for Mas (Taco Bell Foundation), which help teens stay on track academically and graduate from high school college-, career- or military-ready. Great work with your teens, Team Green Bay!
That night at the organization’s annual fundraising gala, I had the honor of meeting the Club’s Youth of the Year, Kang Bao Vang. Kang herself is a T2W product and a great example of the competent, career-ready candidates Clubs can produce for the nation’s workforce.
2016 is the Year of The Teen. Across the nation, there are many excellent examples of Boys & Girls Clubs accelerating teen outreach, programming and experiences. I’ll continue to share Year of the Teen stories as 2016 progresses and highlight more great local strategies such as Teens to Work.