From the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County:
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 July 23, 2010, 30 teen Club members from the Boys & Girls Club will join hundreds of other youth across the country for “Camp Old Navy” a job-shadowing experience at participating Old Navy Stores.
As part of this unique partnership, “Camp Old Navy” creates the opportunity for store 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 camp is designed to help 13-18 year olds explore a myriad of retail careers. “Camp Old Navy” features a fun-filled day of “behind the scenes” operations at Old Navy stores and a chance for teens to work side-by-side with store employees and managers. Last year more than 900 Boys & Girls Club members nationwide benefited from this program, gaining invaluable, hands-on experience in the retail environment.
Career exploration and on-the-job-training are the key components of “Camp Old Navy,” whether assisting in the stockroom or learning the job skills of a merchandise manager. “We want our teens to take the advice and skills learned in Camp Old Navy and put them into action,” said, Randy Acosta, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County.
“Whether they’re interested in a retail career or not they will come away with a better understanding of important job skills such as customer service and punctuality.”
“Camp Old Navy” is part of a multi-year/multi-million dollar commitment sponsored by Gap Inc. Gap Inc. partnered with Boys & Girls clubs of America and local Clubs across the country to create and implement a career-oriented initiative called CareerLaunch.
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.