Our Workforce Development Academy 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.

Work Experience and Credentials
-Teens earn wages as junior staff in Clubhouses where they build soft skills
-Summer internships available through partner organizations in a variety of areas
-Earn pre-apprentice certificates and dual enrollment credits for in high-demand occupations

The TWDA is a full service workforce development 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 obtaining a high school diploma (out of school youth, if needed), mentorship, paid internships, registered pre-apprenticeships, dual-enrollment courses, full-time career placement support and post-program transition services. By partnering with corporations and higher-educational institutions, we connect youth with viable career options and expose them to high demand industries.

All youth enrolled in the TWDA will earn industry-recognized credentials and/or a pre-apprentice certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The longevity of the BGCWPA is strengthened as we will be in a position to reinvest our resources into new pre-teen programming to build a pool of members for our TWDA. 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 TWDA Centers and work-based experiences:

  1. Online training to remediate basic math/writing deficiencies or credit recovery
  2. Hands-on project-based learning focused on building soft skills and tech literacy 
  3. Gamified training and simulations 
  4. Job shadowing and internships during the summers and throughout the year 
  5. Mentoring and career coaching/case management services 
  6. Dual enrollment programming 
  7. Community service experiences and character development classes

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.