BGCNCG Receives $8k to fund youth employment program

Club will employ five junior staff for summer


Workforce development is critical for young people looking for employment. It’s key to employers for them to demonstrate proper work experience. 

This summer the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia will employ five of it’s current Club members to hold junior staff positions through Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Employment Program. Georgia Alliance awarded BGCNCG $8,156 to implement its program this summer. 

“The Boys & Girls Clubs have been an anchor for many youths who may have the heart to work with kids but lack an opportunity. We become the first-job for many of the youth in the community we serve...Those who have that passion.” Says, Bob Mackey, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia.  

"The Youth Employment Program, also supported through grants from the Georgia Department of Human Services, provides teen participants with real-life work experiences and preparation for the working world.  The funds provided by the Georgia Department of Human Services allow TANF-eligible teens to work in their local Boys & Girls Clubs and explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work."

Funds received will cover pay for junior staff and training for their summer duties. 

Here’s a break down of what junior staff members of BGCNCG will be engaging with and learning this summer:

Teens get hands-on experience in various work-related tasks that we often take for granted such as:

  • Job application & interviewing
  •  Punctuality
  • Appropriate Dress / Attire
  • Professionalism
  •  How to communicate with your supervisor
  • How to take your lunch break
  • How to open a bank account or cash a check
  • Clocking In and Out
  • Accomplishing your tasks
  • Customer service

Melanie Unchuan, Vice President of Operations for BGCNCG said the youth employment program touches to the core of the Clubs mission.

"The Youth Employment Program is the type of program that goes to the heart of our mission of enabling youth to become productive citizens one day,” she said. “We have participated in the YEP program for almost a decade. So those 16 year-olds who were employed through this program 10 years ago are now 26-year-olds in the workforce.”

BGCNCG serves over 1,500 youth in North Central Georgia. Its vision is to provide a world-class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors. For more information, visit If you’d like to get involved please contact 770-267-8034