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Our Teen Programs

For: High School students

The mission is to educate and mentor high school students on the diverse opportunities of a career in real estate, design, engineering and other professions represented by Urban Land Institute (ULI) and give them the professional skills to become industry leaders and contributing members to the community.

CareerLaunch provides fun and interactive activities for youth ages 13 to 18 to explore a broad range of career areas, match their interest to career clusters and identify the skills and education needed for their particular career path. CareerLaunch is designed to support youth in preparing for their first job, internships, summer employment and so much more!

For: All Ages

Sessions are designed to build essential skills in members interested in finding success in the world of work. Career Launch (the primary curriculum for Career Ready) emphasizes the development of work maturity skills such as problem-solving, working with others, managing conflict, communication, and developing leadership skills. Career Ready also focuses on workforce readiness, including career workshops, mock interviews, and job shadowing.

Learn more here.

For: High School Students

Collegiate STEPs is a college preparatory program that pairs members with a mentor that guides them through the process of applying for scholarships and college, while providing SAT/ ACT prep. Sessions are held every other Monday evening and facilitated in collaboration with the Junior League of Dallas (JLD). Participants gain access to in-person and virtual college tours and junior and seniors are paired with JLD mentors.

Teen Club members unlock the power of innovation to transform the way we interact with the world around us. Each team identifies a problem in the world and uses technology to solve it. At the end of the program, the “Big Ideas” are presented and a winning change idea is selected.

For: Ages 14-18

The Keystone Club provides young people with opportunities for growth that are based on the needs and interests of teens: a small group experience, a skilled adult, service to others, and self-planned events.
Keystone affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. Teens conduct activities in four areas: academic success, career exploration, community service, and teen outreach.

For: Ages 8-18

The SMART Girls program aims to enrich girls with the tools needed to understand themselves as they develop through puberty. Topics covered include Self Esteem, Health and Fitness, Life Skills, Anatomy, Peer Pressure, Relationships with Others and there is a mentoring component.

For: High School students

This program provides female high school seniors or college freshman with crucial skills needed to thrive into today’s society. Successful women from various industries provide personal branding coaching to these young women, giving them tools related to self-image, professional etiquette, money management, interview skills, and more. Program participants are coached on navigating college life and even have the opportunity to receive college scholarships.

If you would like more information on the program, or to donate, contact Debra Taylor at dtaylor@bgcdallas.org or visit bgcdallas.org/smartgirlsbrand.

Workforce readiness is an evidence-informed approach that puts holistic skill development and career exposure at the forefront of each Club member’s experience. The goal is to provide all youth, from age six through their teen years, with the knowledge, skills, and learning experiences they need to succeed in life and work. 

For: High School

Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional, and national levels.

For: High School Students

Founded in 2007, YPF brings together young professionals in Dallas’ finance community. Originally formed with the goal of providing a social and networking platform, the group quickly broadened its focus to incorporate philanthropy and make a meaningful impact on the community and its youth. YPF partnered with BGCD in 2008, and aims to educate teen Club members on networking, sales, communications, and being financially savvy.

Internship Opportunities

For more details, contact dwhitmore@bgcdallas.org.

Teen Interest Form