Junior Staff assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. Clubs that implement this program make an investment in the development of Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility.
The CIT program takes place during summer camp and is targeted towards 14-16 year olds looking to work at the club in the future. Each CIT is assigned to a lead counselor during summer camp. CIT’s are responsible for assisting their lead counselor in running activities, supervising campers, and helping out wherever necessary at camp. Throughout summer camp CIT’s learn how to keep control of a group and how to appropriately interact with children, how to run activities, and how to supervise children on field trips. In addition to the work experience, CIT’s are given free time each day to hang out with their peers, participate in staff activities, and most importantly, have fun at summer camp!
The idea behind this program is to engage teens ages 15-17, during the 8 weeks of summer camp. To help assist staff and campers, to learn and grow as leaders in camp and also in their community. This program promotes a sense of responsibility, leadership, ownership as well as trainings, team building skills and respect towards our members while reinforcing good character and leadership.
Career Night will consist of local and community members who want to give back to our teens and help ease the process of continuing education and career development, by offering their expertise in their profession and sharing their experiences. Here we will provide a “pressure free” environment for teens to have the opportunity to discuss their options, potential interests, and ask questions with professionals in their field of interest.