Connecting Teens with 21st Century Career Opportunities

At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF), we serve some of the most talented and aspiring teens on the planet—young people who are eager to learn new skills and connect with professionals at top companies in the Bay Area.

Enter: BGCSF’s Career Exposure events.

Career Exposures fit into our 360-degree model of serving teens and compliments the array of programs we offer young people, including CareerLaunch, Club Leaders In Training, Camp Leaders In Training, College Prep, Keystone Club, Money Matters, and Youth of the Year.

Under the esteemed guidance of our Citywide Director of Teen Services, LaCresha McManus, Career Exposures equip teens with critical 21st century job skills and experiences.

Every month, teens are given the opportunity to visit select companies like Twitter, Charles Schwab, United Airlines, and the SF Giants to network and build relationships with business professionals.

A typical site visit consists of a tour of the facility, an ice breaker activity with company staff, sharing a meal together, and a hands-on activity that highlights the company’s industry. (For example, at Tesla, Club kids got to test ride a Model S!)

Teen girls that participate in the program are also given new business attire through a unique partnership with Dress for Success SF.

Needless to say, our teens have had a blast and value what the program has to offer. Take a look at some of the photos and video from this past year:

Upcoming Career Exposure Events

On November 7, we’re taking a group of 30 Club kids to The Garden at AT&T Park and meeting with staff from Bon Appetit Management Company. Club kids will learn about careers in the culinary field, the importance of eating healthy, and what it’s like to be an Bon Appetit chef or event planner. The day will conclude with Club kids making their own pizzas with ingredients directly from the on-site Edible Garden!

Later on in the fall, we’re inviting our middle school members to the one and only Guittard Chocolate Company to learn about how chocolate is made and talk about careers in the chocolate industry.

Club Teens: Join us for the next company visit!

If you’re interested in learning more about our Career Exposure events, contact your Clubhouse high school services director.

Also, be sure to follow BGCSF on Instagram and Twitter for the latest and greatest from our programs.

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