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Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partners with DeVry University to Promote Digital Literacy for the Next Generation

ATLANTA Oct. 25, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Boys & Girls Clubs of America has launched an innovative new nationwide partnership with DeVry University to help introduce youth to technology-focused learning opportunities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a youth organization that helps prepare young people to meet the challenges of tomorrow's workforce, is joining forces with DeVry to prepare students to thrive in careers shaped by change. continuous technological. The collaboration supports the youth organization's workforce readiness programming and addresses the digital divide that COVID-19 brought to the forefront by creating pathways to technology fluency, positive mentoring, and learning opportunities.

In a recent survey, Club members identified professional development as the main area in which they seek support from their Club, helping them determine a career path, secure a job, and ultimately achieve a great future. 1 With nearly three-quarters of US employers surveyed reporting looking for candidates with essential skills, such as problem solving and analytical skills, 2 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Strategic Workforce Readiness Bridges Top Teens Priorities with Current Employers' Needs Nationwide.

"This groundbreaking partnership with DeVry University will help engage more Club members in national workforce readiness programming and help support them to thrive on career experiences that are impacted by technological disruption, "said Adam Filkin Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking at William Blair and National Trustee of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Midwest Region. "While millions of young people face an uncertain future and a competitive job market, Boys & Girls Clubs workforce readiness programming helps our members stay on track through change and fuel the next generation of ingenuity and creativity. DeVry's investment and engagement resources will help scale and strengthen our workforce readiness efforts. "

The new partnership with DeVry University aims to promote digital literacy and prepare the workforce for the next generation. DeVry will assist Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the following areas:

  • Workforce Readiness Improvement Strategy : Scale Results and Findings from Workforce Programming local workforce of the organization and ensure continuous quality improvement.
  • Implementation of the Workforce Scheduling Club : Develop essential skills and employability skills through sustainable programs and prepare youth for workforce readiness experiences and first jobs.
  • Opportunities for Engagement through Career Exploration : Provide meaningful mentoring experiences for Club members through career exploration opportunities embedded in all core programs.

"Boys & Girls Clubs of America and DeVry University share a strong belief that we must help young people prepare for the jobs of the future," said Tom Monahan President and CEO of DeVry University . "With DeVry's experience, resources, and fundamental commitment to closing the technology fluency gap among underserved populations, we believe that through access to hands-on experiences, we can help reinforce their courage and confidence in technology."

The new partnership will further build and strengthen workforce preparation programs at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York and Boys & Girls Clubs in Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme in California . Through this partnership with DeVry, the clubs will foster career exploration and work-based learning experiences for members, and further help scale workforce readiness efforts nationwide.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( ) has provided a safe place for children and teens to learn. and grow. The clubs offer caring adult mentoring, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs every day during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. More than 4,700 clubs serve more than 4.3 million youth through club membership and community outreach. The clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing, and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families at BGCA-affiliated youth centers at US military installations around the world. The national headquarters is located at Atlanta . Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Facebook and Twitter .

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