“Just being a Club staff, program staff, and seeing the lack of access, that was the overall theme that I [saw], and AT&T were able to fulfill that … just putting more of an emphasis on the lack of access to technology.”
—Jen Medina, Dana W. Smith Director of Workforce Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
“Ready to Work is our initiative, and it is just really about matching our teens’ passions to their pathways,” Jennifer Medina, Dana W. Smith director of workforce development for BGCB, told Boston.com. “Whatever that may look like, we’re just here to meet them where they are at. Just being a club staff, program staff, and seeing the lack of access, that was the overall theme that I [saw], and AT&T were able to fulfill that … just putting more of an emphasis on the lack of access to technology.”
15 AT&T volunteers were at the event and worked with Fellows as they practiced the skills they have been learning throughout the Ready to Work Curriculum. It was the first in-person Career Fair in a number of years.
“Our AT&T employees are eager to give back to the Boston communities where they live, work and play,” said John Emra, president, AT&T Atlantic Region, in a statement to Boston.com. “These amazing kids are the future of our city, our economy, and our company. We’re grateful for the opportunity to spend time with them and for the life-changing work done by Robert Lewis and everyone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.”
In total, 140 Ready to Work Fellows received a laptop computer, and the remainder were distributed to families across BGCB’s Clubs and YouthConnect sites.