“It was exciting to see a new cohort of our young people make connections about what types of jobs will be available to them in the world of computer science, and how those jobs can make a lasting impact in so many sectors, from the gaming world to healthcare.” – Kaiti Jones, Director of Program & Partner Initiatives, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Earlier this month, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston sent 38 members of all ages to the offices of tech giants Microsoft and Google to take interactive tours, sample some of their latest technology, and get a glimpse of the different career paths available within the technology industry.
Members aged 9-12 from Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Club and Yawkey Club of Roxbury toured the Microsoft Technology Center, while teen members from Charlestown Club and Mattapan Teen Center visited Google.
Microsoft Technology Center
At the Microsoft Technology Center, located in Burlington, Mass., members were given a comprehensive tour of all of the company’s enviable campus facilities, and were able to try out some of the cutting edge tools that are advancing the healthcare industry, including VR goggles for surgeons to see superimposed body systems during surgery.
In addition, members were given the opportunity to pepper their friendly tour guide with questions regarding the release date of the next Xbox gaming console.
“The Microsoft Technology Center in Burlington has been a fantastic partner and host to BGCB the last few years, offering a fun and interactive tour to our members and helping them come alive to the endless possibilities in the world of technology,” explained Kaiti Jones, Director of Program & Partner Initiatives at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. “It was exciting to see a new cohort of our young people make connections about what types of jobs will be available to them in the world of computer science, and how those jobs can make a lasting impact in so many sectors, from the gaming world to healthcare.”
Google opened its Cambridge campus to give teen members a tour, reflecting the organization’s passion for exposing the next generation of leaders to the possibilities and careers technology can offer.
Among the many activities of the day, the highlights included tours of the company’s many unique amenities and a panel discussion with Google staff focused on transitioning into a career in the tech industry. At the conclusion of the panel, the floor was opened for a Q&A with panelists.
“For our members who use Google daily, this visit helps them dismiss the notion that they could never be an employee at Google,” explained Walter Weekes, Jr., Director of Workforce Development at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. “Through the panel discussion, our members were encouraged to learn multiple coding languages, pursue tech careers to become problem solvers, and were acknowledged for their diversity, perspective and skillsets, as answers to some of the world’s future problems.”
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