Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach Career Explorers Prepare Teens For College Journey
2013-02-15 · By Editor
Local teens at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach (BGCLB) have embarked on a career exploration expedition. As part of the College Bound program, Career Explorers is a series of monthly workshops designed to prepare teens for their college journey and future careers. These intimate sessions give teens the opportunity to learn about specific jobs, the pathways to various careers, in addition to receiving personal encouragement and insight directly from local professionals and respected role models.
After surveying participating Club teens for their fields of interest, the BGCLB has scheduled workshops in Journalism, Business, Culinary Arts, Performing Arts, Engineering and Law as part of the Career Explorers program. Under the Diplomas 2 Degrees Initiative, the College Bound program provides high school students with academic case management services, tutoring, test-prep resources and support, with specific activities like Career Explorers intended to offer teens a hands on experience and intimate knowledge of careers, college and training available to them after graduation.
Hosted in partnership with Leadership Long Beach, Career Explorers held their College Bound Kickoff on January 23rd with Michaela Pereira from Channel 5 news, at the Freeman E. Fairfield/Westside Boys & Girls Club. Speaking to teens about careers in journalism and her experience as a news anchor, Michaela also pledged to the group that those who successfully completed the program would be invited to attend a live taping at KTLA. This brought extreme excitement to the teens!
With 1 in 5 teens dropping out of high school in Long Beach alone, the Boys & Girls Clubs Diplomas 2 Degrees Initiative encompasses an array of activities strategically planned to keep kids in school, off the streets and out of trouble. With over 48 active gangs, boasting a membership of over 6,000, coupled with issues of poverty and teen pregnancy, the obstacles our youth face to achieving their dreams are extreme. Hence, it is the mission of the Clubs to enable all young people, especially the disadvantaged and underrepresented of our community, to realize their full potential as caring, responsible and productive citizens.
For more information on Club activities, ways to support the BGCLB, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, visit www.bgclublb.org , or call Club headquarters at (562) 595-5945.