With the new school year in full swing, the Boys & Girls Club welcomes a new round of Career Explorers in our after-school programs. After an outstanding response from Club supporters eager to make a difference, many new volunteers will be working in our extended day learning program, the Club's after-school program. Volunteers will help introduce career possibilities for more than 1,200 Boys & Girls Club members.
Career Explorers opens young eyes and minds to a wide array of career options and helps kids imagine their futures. Club kids become educated about different career opportunities and have an opportunity to hear directly from people who work in various fields to learn about specific jobs and the different routes to getting there.
The Career Explorers program targets kids in grades 4 - 8 and run for the first half of the school year. Groups meet in the after school program at all 10 program sites and volunteers attend weekly from 4 to 5 p.m. to speak to Club kids about their goals.
Each Career Explorers volunteer will give Club kids the unique opportunity to understand the connection between educational and career success, explore career interests and develop career pathways.
Volunteers are encouraged to present their career positions and the steps they took to be successful at what they do. This is done through public speaking and fun exercises that Club Kids will enjoy.
This year's volunteers will consist of professionals from different career backgrounds: teachers, investment bankers, lawyers and scientists to name a few! The Career Explorers program is just getting started and we are always looking for more volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Debra Wachspress, director of community engagement, or call 609-392-3191 ext. 31. A willingness to commit to one day per week for the duration of the program is a plus but is not mandatory.