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Monthly Career Day Teaches Teens Valuable Life Lessons

Career Day presentation

Boys Town New York's (BTNY) Young Leader Council's volunteer committee, known as the Next Generation, set up a monthly career day for youth at Boys Town. Since September 2016, the Next Generation have held monthly Career Days  with speakers from industries such as construction, insurance, sales, business, the arts and fashion design.

The concept behind the career day event is to mentor youth in networking skills and expand their knowledge of various career opportunities.

Since September 2016, the Next Generation have held monthly Career Days at the BTNY shelters on the second Tuesday of the month. By leveraging relationships, the Next Generation has booked different guest speakers from numerous industries.

The youth range in age from 12-18 years old, and many suffer from a variety of emotional and behavioral problems. Many youth often have the misconception that they don't have anything in common with career driven, ambitious adults, so each Career Day begins with an ice breaker to combat their apprehension. While participants walk around the room eating pizza, guests and youth walk have to meet three people they have never met before and find three things they have in common with each other. Youth and guests both quickly realize they have more in common with each other than they realize.

After attendees finish their pizza, they move into the living room for a panel discussion on the different industries that are represented that month. Industries such as construction, insurance, sales, business, the arts, fashion design are just a few of the careers the youth have been exposed to since September. The discussion is interactive and the youth are able to ask questions of the 3-4 panel about their individual career paths.

"The youth are being exposed to opportunities they might not have known existed, and volunteers receive an opportunity to contribute to the next generation. It's a win, win." said BTNY Director, James Hill.

Brian Josephs, Director at Enterprise Sales at Sportradar US and Next Generation member, said "My favorite things about Career Day are getting the kids start to think about their futures, helping them build confidence through networking, and receiving a hand written thank you card from them in my mailbox a few days later."\