(WHITE MARSH, MD)- Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County are taking steps to make sure they know more about the variety of careers available to them as they prepare to enter “the world of work.” On August 5, 2009, 25 Club members from the Boys & Girls Clubs will join hundreds of other youth across the country for the “Hunt for the Buffalo Fun Day” a job-shadowing experience at participating Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants.
As part of this unique partnership, Buffalo Wild Wings creates the opportunity for restaurant employees to become more involved with Boys & Girls Club teens in their community through service as mentors and facilitators for Club projects, events and activities.
The day is designed to help 13-18 year olds explore a myriad of restaurant careers. This fun-filled day of “behind the scenes” operations at Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants is a chance for teens to work side-by-side with store employees and managers. Last year Boys & Girls Club members benefited from this program, gaining invaluable, hands-on experience in the restaurant environment.
Career exploration and on-the-job-training are the key components of “Hunt for the Buffalo Fun Day,” whether assisting in the kitchen or learning the job skills of a host manager. “We want our teens to take the advice and skills learned at Buffalo Wild Wings and put them into action,” said, Randy Acosta, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County. “Whether they’re interested in a career in the food industry or not they will come away with a better understanding of important job skills such as customer service and punctuality.”
CareerLaunch provides a full range of career exploration and job skills experiences for teens, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances. CareerLaunch is designed to further encourage interaction between teens and concerned adults who serve as “career coaches” so young people can lean skills and potential career opportunities from real-life role models.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County with 5 Units in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood, Havre de Grace and Westminster has been serving the youth of the area for 20 years. The Club provides programs for more than 3,000 youth in the areas of character & leadership development; education & career development; the arts; health & life skills and sports, fitness & recreation. For more information, please contact the Administrative Office at (410) 272-0010.