The Coca‑Cola Company is teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bridge the country’s employment opportunity and job readiness gap by preparing more than 4.7 million youth for the fast-changing workforce.
As millions of out-of-work Americans look toward recovery disrupted by COVID-19, communities face significant challenges in ensuring young people are ready to enter the job market. At the same time, employers are struggling to find qualified talent.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s five-year Workforce Readiness Strategy will help build critical 21st Century career and leadership skills such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving – which will be even more important in a post-pandemic America – over the next five years to help level the playing field and keep kids on track during a time of such profound change.
Programming also will include resume writing, financial literacy and interview prep workshops; industry certifications for high school and post-graduation jobs; career assessments and planning; learning opportunities about traditional and non-traditional career paths that align with teens’ passions and talents; and opportunities for youth to apply newly learned skills in hands-on internships and apprenticeships through local community business partnerships.
The 4,700 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide – which are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide – will play a crucial role in helping youth stay on track academically and build essential, transferable skills that are especially critical in times of social and economic uncertainty.
For nearly 75 years, Coca‑Cola has worked to strengthen local communities through its partnership with BGCA. Former Coca‑Cola President Robert Woodruff established a formal relationship with the organization in 1946 and joined the national board in 1956. The launch of the Workplace Readiness Strategy marks the latest evolution of the partnership.
“We are committed to using our resources to help advance the mission of Boys and Girls Clubs of America in every community we serve together with our local bottling partners,” said Martin.