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Workforce Readiness

Connecting young people with the opportunities they need to Build Great Futures.

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Many youth don't have the experiences, exposure, or life skills needed to create a path to a living wage. Without an opportunity to make progress toward their potential, they often fall into the trap of a low-skill, low-income future. We believe that empowering young people, especially those who need us the most, to develop a plan and goals means means a better future for all of us.


The Workforce Readiness Program at Boys & Girls Clubs provide free mentoring, education, and career development opportunities for young people in North Alabama to ensure they have a solid plan for the future and the basic skills needed to get there.

We work with students to ensure they understand the academic requirements for college entry and success, as well as what skills, training, and experience they will need to join the workforce in their chosen field after graduation. We provide mentors to help students develop aspirations for what they want to achieve in life, and provide guidance, direction, and encouragement as they work toward their goals.

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Our Workforce Readiness programs fill in the learning gaps and prepare young people to become effective, engaged, adaptive, and on track to graduate with a plan and the skills to succeed.

+ Essential Skills

  • Pre-employment Skills

  • Driving Academy

  • Communication Skills


+ Life Skills

  • Independent Living

  • Financial Literacy

  • Organization & Goal Setting

  • Mental & Physical Health

  • Civics & Responsibility


= Hirable Youth

  • Capable

  • Competant

  • Confident

  • Motivated


Through partnerships and collaborative relationships with schools, businesses, civic, and community organizations we're creating unique learning and career development opportunities that provide pathways to a livable wage.


The workforce landscape is changing quickly, and our programs are designed to adapt to the needs of the young people we serve and the communities who need them. Learn more about how you can prepare a new generation of people to get to work on the future!



BGCA Career Development Programs


Career Launch

All 13-18

CareerLaunch prepares teens for the world of careers and work. Through CareerLaunch, Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore possible vocations, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work.


Junior Staff

Age 13-18

Junior Staff is a small-group program that is both practical and user friendly. It assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work.

Boys & Girls Clubs’ unique approach to workforce readiness prepares youth for success in their first jobs and helps them develop a plan to achieve their chosen careers.


From first job to dream job.

12th-grade Club members are almost twice as likely to express an interest in a STEM career as 12th graders nationally

According to BGCA youth outcome data

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