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The Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area Announces the Relaunching of their Workforce Development Program 

This program focuses on giving teens and young adults guidance and opportunities as they push to enter the workforce or pursue a specific career path.

Troy, NY- The BGCCA’s workforce development program is a career preparation program held at their Troy Clubhouse. The program’s mission is to provide guidance to teens and adults ages 16-24. The BGCCA staff and community volunteers help participants develop professional skills, build and enhance their resumes, and prepare for future interviews. This program stands out because it also focuses on giving participants all of the resources that they need to succeed. The workforce development program connects participants with items such as transportation, nutritious food, and identification documents.

The program is funded by Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board for Rensselaer County. Many companies and organizations around the Capital Region have stepped up to provide training, worksite placement, volunteer opportunities, and knowledge to program participants. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area is incredibly grateful for their donors and community partners and welcomes more community participation.


If you would like more information about enrollment or how to become a volunteer or partner, please contact Ishmael Morton, at [email protected].


*The main goal of this media advisory is to boost visibility and enrollment.

Who: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area, Bryant & Stratton College, 99 Restaurants, Community Resource FCU and The RAD Soap Co. LLC

Ishmael Morton (Director at BGCCA): “The program is designed to help youth get around immediate barriers, easing their present needs by creating the proper environment for planning and training in a livable wage career. While on the road to a career the youth receive financial literacy training and professional mentorship to ensure they have all the tools needed to take ownership of their futures”.

Alicia D Mero (Senior High School Admissions Representative at Bryant & Stratton College- Albany Campus): “Our partnership will involve our high school admissions team at Bryant & Stratton College in Albany. We will be presenting to students at the Boys & Girls Club to share information about BSC, but also life skills such as, interviewing & resumes, social media in the real world, attitude & mindset, etc. We will also be offering high school seniors who are a part of the youth group an opportunity to take a free college course in Business, Criminal Justice, Psychology, or Medical Assisting. The Boys & Girls Club will allow us to come in and present to students either virtually or in person and share our contact information with anyone who has questions.”

Mohamad Kanneh (Participant): “The workforce development program has helped me create my resume,  learn the important parts of the interview process, and gain confidence when it comes to getting a job. This program helps the youth of Albany by providing them with important skills that will lead to employment either in the near future or later in their lives. If you are thinking about getting involved, know that the staff have your best interests in mind and that they provide a safe place to come as you are on any given day.

What: Workforce Development Program Relaunch at the BGCCA

When: Tuesday thru Friday from 4pm- 9pm and Saturday 10am-3pm

Where: 1700 7th Ave, Troy, NY 12180

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area: Established through a merger of two Clubs collectively sharing over 200 years of experience in youth development, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area (Est. 2019) has a mission to, “inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Since the pandemic began in March, we’ve served over 558,000 free meals, provided virtual instruction to over 800 Pre-K students, operated 6 summer camps, hosted multiple virtual community events and continue to be a resource for youth and their families during this ever-changing landscape. In September, we resumed programs, re-opened our buildings, and continued to serve thousands of meals each week.

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