Preparing Kids & Teens for Work

From finding a rewarding career to achieving financial independence, Boys & Girls Clubs Career Development programs provide the tools to help members succeed

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Gaining Workplace Skills and Training

Boys & Girls Clubs Career Development programs help Milwaukee youth develop the skills they need to succeed in the workforce. Through Club programs, members are introduced to a variety of work environments and guest speakers, worksite tours and hands-on experience, as well as career and financial planning assistance.

Through a partnership with ManpowerGroup, we also offer a professional dress fashion show in addition to events that teach youth the importance of appearance, body language and attire in the workplace.

For many members, this is their first opportunity to explore different industries and develop personal and professional goals. By following our career development programming path, they are able to gain the skills and training necessary to successfully find employment.

Career Development Programming

World of Work
Ages 5-18 years old

Utilizing a combination of classroom training, job shadowing and internships, World of Work helps members ages 5 to 21 years old prepare for employment and gain work experience. Program goals include teaching youth how to apply for a job, gain skills that lead to permanent employment and manage their incomes.

Industry Exposure & Skills Training
Ages 5-18 years old

With an emphasis on careers and not just jobs, Industry Exposure & Skills Training programming gives members ages 14-21 years old exposure to careers in a variety of industries. Through hands-on experience and job placements, students acquire skills to be successful in future careers and in some cases, earn industry-specific certifications

Ages 14-18 years old

Through partnerships with the private sector, the Clubs provide youth ages 14-21 years old with internship opportunities in the retail, customer service, healthcare industries and more. Internships let Club members put their training into practice while building resume-worthy experience and earning wages, which are subsidized through state government programs.

Career/Employment Opportunities

Boys & Girls Clubs prepare club members who complete their participation in World of Work, Industry Exposure & Skills Training and Internships to enter post-secondary education with career goals in mind or find full-time, unsubsidized employment

Program Partners

Thanks to strong partnerships with local businesses, more youth are able to receive the necessary skills and training to enter the workforce with confidence.

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Arbonne International
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Associated Bank
Bader Philanthropies
Ben’s Cycle
Boston Store
Bublr Bikes
Bunzel’s Old Fashioned Meat Market
Cassidy Turley Barry
Children's Hospital of WI
Circle 1 Network Café
Coleman & Williams, LTD
Creative Images LLC
Direct Supply
Executive Commercial Cleaning
FIS Global
Goodwill Industries
Greater New Birth Day Care
Herzing University
HUSCO International
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
K&G Fashion
Lead to Succeed
Lisbon Storm Screen & Door
Lynden Sculpture Garden
Marquette University Schools of Dentistry & Nursing
Marrs Systems
Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board
Milwaukee Bicycle Works
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee County Parks
Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Working
Molina Healthcare
Northwestern Mutual
Old Navy
Outpost Foods
R.A. Stevens Foundation
Russ Darrow Group
State Farm
Stein Gardens & Gifts
The Big Eazy
The Water Council
Third Coast Bike Works
U.S. Cellular
United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
Urban Ecology Center
Wheel & Sprocket
Wisconsin Bike Fed
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Wisconsin State Fair
Workshop Architects