Our Workforce Development Academy, Career Works, is a full service program that takes teens and young adults on a formalized journey from filling in academic gaps, career exploration and soft skills training to relevant occupational skill building, work experience and a formalized plan for their future. Program elements include mentorship, paid internships, registered pre/apprenticeships, dual-enrollment courses, full-time career placement support and post-program transition By partnering with corporations and higher-educational institutions, we connect youth with viable career options and expose them to high demand industries. Youth will also learn about building confidence, health esteem and reducing risky behaviors through our Healthy Lifestyles Program.
We do whatever it takes to ensure every young adult can design and launch a great future.
Career Works is an innovative and engaging employment and post-secondary preparation program that allows high school students to explore future career options while learning the skills they need to get on the path to success. Through full-time career placement support including mentorship, paid internships, registered pre-apprenticeships, dual-enrollment courses, and post-program transition services, we ensure that youth are ready to succeed in the fast-paced job market.
Career Works supports students as they complete their high school studies while also preparing them for viable career options in high demand industries such as Information Technology, Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence, and Trades and Construction. All youth enrolled in the program will earn industry-recognized credentials and/or a pre-apprentice certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The community is strengthened with this conscious shift to invest in the next generation, keeping talent in the community and strengthening our local economy.
The program model utilizes real-world learning strategies in a blended approach leveraging a combination of face to face classes held at our Career Works Centers and work-based experiences:
- Online training to remediate basic math/writing deficiencies or credit recovery
- Hands-on project-based learning focused on building soft skills and tech literacy
- Gamified training and simulations
- Job shadowing and internships during the summers and throughout the year
- Mentoring and career coaching/case management services
- Dual enrollment programming
- Community service experiences and personal and professional development classes
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s evidence based CareerLaunch and Money Matters curriculum
Career Works is a year-long after-school program running from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer session details to follow in the spring of 2020. The first iteration of our program takes place at the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation at 409 Walnut St., McKeesport, PA 15132.
AI Pathways Institute and Teen Accelerator is a three-week introduction to artificial intelligence, human centered design and STEM careers for rising 9th-11th grade students (ages 14-17) with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. AI and the fourth industrial revolution will impact every aspect of people’s lives, yet AI and machine learning has a diversity problem. Robust partnerships with leading institutions of higher education and industry will be the at the center of our program. Up to ten members of the cohort will be offered paid, part-time positions (up to 15 hours a week) for the 2019-20 school year after completing the three-week summer program.
AIPI + Teen Accelerator is not your average summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, artificial intelligence, engineering and other closely related subjects by connecting youth to project based learning, mentorship/career exposure and connections to higher-education and industry. From trash cans that sorts trash and recycling on its own to wearable devices that help treat drug addiction and more, youth will be exposed to eight Pittsburgh companies using artificial intelligence to solve big problems.
We aim to democratize AI and create opportunities for underrepresented communities through a combination of expert mentoring, talks, workshops, real-world project based learning, company tours and networking opportunities that give young people aged 12-18 early exposure to AI for social good.
Apply for the summer 2019 Cohort to get valuable experience, a $500 stipend, a laptop and the ability to tour tech companies.
BE GREAT: Career Readiness & Financial Literacy is a new program model that turns nation wide best practices into common practices for local teens ages 12-18 addressing their growing needs to transition into the future with a clear vision of the necessary personal & academic skills required to succeed. Participants are provided with a continuum of interactive services that include career readiness, financial literacy, educational support, mentoring, employability training, internships, job shadowing and employment. Our goal in the program is to link the Boys & Girls Clubs programs: CareerLaunch Money Matters, and diplomas2Degrees with our existing agency community & corporate alliances. The program is available in our Clubs reaching out to youth with the greatest needs, making available a continuum of evidenced based career building programs and mentoring them from job to career. Each teen can create their own career portfolio, research information on finding a job, a career, a college, a mentor and many more resources through our TeenClub site!