Ready To Work
Ready to Work (RTW) is a Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Workforce Development Initiative. The goal of the program is to:
- Equip teens with valuable skills for success to enter the workforce, which may or may not require a four year college degree.
- Develop the next generation of thinkers and problem solvers prepared to fill jobs and industries growing in Boston’s evolving economy and globally.
- Provide youth and families of Boston and Chelsea with greater opportunities to career paths that can assist their economic mobility.
- Create relationships and pipelines with the business community to connect oriented youth with organizations that value diversity and the development of their staff.
- Educate workplaces about the talent that exists in communities they may not traditionally tap to talent.
Need + Impact
50% of families of four served by BGCB report annual household incomes of $33k or less.
In FY18, 550 jobs and internships secured for BGCB teens.
$130,000+ earned by Junior Staff employed at BGCB Clubs.
- Program Values
- The RTW Approach
Growth Mindset: Understand that intelligence can be developed and your skillsets can always grow.
Accountability: Accept responsibility for your actions and performance.
Respect: Treat others and yourself with kindness, sincerity & professionalism.
Collaboration: Work with others, or within a group to produce positive outcomes.
Network: Create professional relationships and identify mentors to remain connected to on your future journey.
The RTW Approach
Ready to Work takes a broad and comprehensive approach to preparing teens for their entrance into the workforce, offering workforce orientations and programs catering to members’ interests.
To learn more about our RTW Orientation, Junior Staff Program, Teamworks Program, Lifeguard Program, Technical Training & Apprenticeships, and Summer Internships, explore the dropdown listings below.
BGCB has created a blended learning RTW orientation process. The online components consist of job readiness training modules, skills assessments to identify careers, talents, and interest, with the live workshops focused on soft skills, collaborative activities and understanding resources and support systems available as members of BGCB.
BGCB Junior Staff program, offers direct internal employment and job readiness opportunities that are in high demand amongst our members. Creating an opportunity to develop confidence in the workplace and mentor younger members through daily interactions. Interested participants apply and interview for positions in the summer and fall, departments include but aren’t limited to: Social Recreation, School Age Education, Technology, Athletics, Kitchen and Aquatics for lifeguards.
Job Readiness is meaningful entry-level employment experiences with external community partners and businesses.
The Teamworks Model, currently under development, will place cohorts of teens in unique jobs or meaningful entry-level employment experiences with community partners. On-the-job mentoring and skills development will be a key component for the participants to progress and enhance their team building/ networking opportunities among peers and professionals. These positions will be part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer.
Our Lifeguard program, is one of the most in demand and highest paying jobs a teen can be employed in state-wide. If you have experience or serious interest in swimming, aquatics, and the safety of others talk with your club’s local Aquatics director.
Technical Training & Apprenticeships
The Technical Training program provides members with gainful employment advantages via credentialed certifications, pre-apprenticeships classes and dual enrollment courses with local community colleges. Expanding members’ technical skillsets will equip them to be successful in future industries such as nursing, culinary arts, coding/IT, and skilled trades.
Boys & Girls Club of Boston has teamed up with Treehouse to launch TalentPath — an apprenticeship initiative focused on creating pathways to high-paying tech jobs, that will break down barriers for women and underrepresented people of color.
TalentPath program allows teens 18-24 to fast-track their career by earning a Treehouse TechDegree, getting a paid 3-month internship, and ultimately a full-time job placement at a Boston tech company.
All at no cost to the student.
Teens will have the opportunity to apply for full-time paid summer internships through Ready to Work’s Summer Internships. These internships will add to their work experience, strengthen their professional networks, connect members with industry-based mentors to further their career exploration and build their resume.
Currently, BGCB’s Summer Internships places 30-35 teen members and recent alumni in summer internships in Business, Financial Services, Growth Equity, Healthcare, Legal, Law Enforcement, Marketing and Non-Profit sectors.
We plan to expand this program to serve more teens in a wider array of industries that Boston uniquely offers.
Apply here if you’re interested in participating in the Summer Internships program.
BGCB is grateful for the resources and expertise of partners in our communities, allowing BGCB to maximize our impact through efficient collaborations. Last year, we worked with nearly 200 program partners agency-wide.
The local business community, including banks, financial services, hotels, universities, technology, and health care institutions opened their doors to our members for our workforce exposure efforts including job-shadowing, mock interviews, financial literacy programs, career forums, and internships.
BGCB continuously works with these program partners to help develop innovative programs that anticipate and provide critical skills for our future workforce. BGCB values the partnerships in place, while recognizing the opportunity to create and connect additional opportunities and support to our members.
If you’re interested in exploring ways to collaborate with our Ready to Work program, please complete the partnership intake form below.