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Gaining Workplace Skills and Training

Boys & Girls Clubs Career Development programs help Milwaukee youth develop the skills they need to succeed in the workforce. Through Club programs, members are introduced to a variety of work environments, guest speakers, worksite tours and hands-on experience, as well as career and financial planning assistance.

For many members, this is their first opportunity to explore different industries and develop personal and professional goals. By following our career development programming path, they are able to gain the skills and training necessary to successfully find employment.

Brighter Futures Program

Brighter Futures provides wrap around Career Development programming for high school students throughout Milwaukee County. A partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs and Employ Milwaukee, this initiative features dedicated full-time Clubs staff who work with students in socio-economic development activities, job readiness skills, tutoring and mentoring services, career exploration and more. Click here to learn more about Brighter Futures.

To begin the enrollment process, please click here to download the Brighter Futures Referral Form and submit it to Michael Waite:

Career Development Programming

World of Work
Ages 5-21 years old

Utilizing a combination of classroom training, job shadowing and internships, World of Work helps members ages 5 to 21 years old prepare for employment and gain work experience. Program goals include teaching youth how to apply for a job, gain skills that lead to permanent employment and manage their incomes.

Industry Exposure & Skills Training
Ages 14-21 years old

With an emphasis on careers and not just jobs, Industry Exposure & Skills Training programming gives members ages 14-21 years old exposure to careers in a variety of industries. Through hands-on experience and paid work experience, students acquire skills to be successful in future careers and in some cases, earn industry-specific certifications.

Ages 15-21 years old

Through partnerships with the private sector, the Clubs provide youth ages 15-21 years old with internship opportunities in the retail, healthcare industries, IT, auto mechanics, engineering fields and more. Internships let Club members put their training into practice while building resume-worthy experience and earning wages, which are subsidized through state government programs.

Career/Employment Opportunities

Boys & Girls Clubs prepare club members who complete their participation in World of Work, Industry Exposure & Skills Training and Internships to enter post-secondary education with career goals in mind or find full-time, unsubsidized employment.

Program Partners

Thanks to strong partnerships with local businesses, more youth are able to receive the necessary skills and training to enter the workforce with confidence.

All Hands Boatworks
Alliance Healthcare
Aurora Healthcare
Banana Republic
Be Inspired!
Black Arts MKE
Briggs & Stratton
Bright Spark
Bublr Bikes
Bunzel’s Old Fashioned Meat Market
Captain D’s
Children's Hospital of WI
Children’s Knowledge Childcare
Circle 1 Network Café
Coleman & Williams, LTD
Comfort Homes CBRF Training Center
Cousin’s Subs
Cream City Conservation
Direct Supply
Employ Milwaukee
Finish Line
Fork Farms
Gap, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of SE WI
GPS Education
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Groundworks MKE
Hands On Construction
Herb Kohl Philanthropies
Herzing University
IES Institute
J&S African Treasures
John Amato Group
John Fleckenstein
Junior Achievement
Little Bakers
Marquette University Schools of Dentistry & Nursing
Mentor Milwaukee
Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Community Service Corps
Milwaukee County Parks
Milwaukee County Zoo
Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Urban League
Munger Technologies
Ndagire Accounting & Tax Services
Nino’s Southern Sides
Northwestern Mutual
Old Navy
Outpost Foods
Pepp Nation
Pizza Crafters
PNC Bank
Purposeful P.L.A.Y.
R.A. Stevens Foundation
Secured Futures
Southside Organizing Center
Stein Garden & Homes
Stephens Family Foundation, Inc.
Taco Bell
Tucker’s Truck Driving Academy
United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
Urban Ecology Center
Wisconsin Bike Fed
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Wisconsin State Fair
World Affairs
WRTP/Big Step
Young Enterprising Society
Young Entrepreneurz Opportunity
Zero to 100 Fitness