“A mentor is someone who helps you find hope within yourself.” Oprah Winfrey

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania have been mentoring and teaching life skills to young members for over 130 years! Last year, we took that a step further and formalized our Career Works, youth workforce development program including opening a stand alone Career Works Center. 

Career Works is an after-school employment and post-secondary preparation program for high school students and young adults, where we do whatever it takes to ensure every young adult can design and launch a great future. Through job shadowing, conversations with leading professionals, internships, classroom skills practice and hands-on projects, students will explore a wide array of career paths while learning vital professional skills. Career Works helps students finish high school and post-high school alumni and young adults step into their career of choice through our built-in pathways to Apprenticeships in growing fields such as Information Technology, Healthcare, and AI/Coding & Robotics. 

Through Career Captures, professionals can engage youth in Career Works through a casual presentation to high school students about your life, how you got to where you are today, career advice, and life lessons. Students are exposed to career opportunities, practice their personal and professional development skills through professional interaction, and understand the importance of taking an active approach to designing their futures with the help of caring professionals! 

Meet Yasmine Brooks – Yasmine is a Financial Advisor Associate. Yasmine grew up in Clairton and loves sharing her story of success as inspiration for young people. One important piece of advice from Yasmine is to never stop learning and to always be open to the possibilities. 

Meet Charlie Guilamo – Charlie is a Senior Project Engineer with the Appalachian Mountain Business Unit of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. Charlie is from the Bronx in NYC and relocated to Pittsburgh for an engineering job for Chevron. He spoke to youth at our Career Works site in January. Charlie encouraged teens to study hard and apply for academic scholarships, as was his personal route to success!

Meet Tyal Prince – Tyal is an Enterprise Account Executive for DataBank. Ty grew up in McKeesport and this summer he spent a lot of time working with our teens! He created workshops for 4 weeks during our summer program to showcase technology companies all across the country. 

Meet Garrett WarmbeinGarrett is a Financial Advisor for Hefren-Tillotson.  Garrett came to our Career Works site in the fall of 2019. He spoke about his career path as well as jobs in the financial industry. Garrett also explained the importance of personal financial planning, after which time he created a virtual budgeting workshop for teens to participate in remotely!

These are just a few of the caring, successful professionals who shared their experiences with our teens. Through Career Captures we are able to connect youth with adults to serve as guides and mentors along the road to adulthood. Stories and workshops help to expose teens and young adults to a world of possibilities, both in unexplored career areas and ways to build skills, network, and increase their potential for success. Our mission wouldn’t be possible without the support of our mentors and Career Capture speakers!

If you’re interested or willing to sharing a Career Capture with our youth, please contact Emily Donato, Career Development Coordinator, at edonato@bgcwpa.org

*Please note these photos were taken prior to mask mandates and COVID-19 restrictions