To celebrate World Youth Skills Day, we’re spotlighting our team members for serving to upskill youth in their communities, thereby creating future leaders!
World Youth Skills Day
The United Nations established this day in 2014 to raise awareness about equipping young people with skills for employment, entrepreneurship, and the workforce. Our vision at BGSF is to connect people to opportunities and transform lives, which we believe starts with our youth.
Autumn Souto, Delivery Specialist for BGSF, and Jenna Coleman, Managing Director for BGSF, participated in JA of Greater Boston’s inaugural JA Inspire. This was a career exploration fair for eighth-grade students throughout Boston and beyond.
Read below to learn more about Autumn’s experience at JA Inspire:
“Middle Schoolers from underrepresented communities in the Greater Boston area had an opportunity to meet with people from a wide variety of industries, offering them a glimpse into possible career paths. Engaging with these bright and motivated kids was amazing! Students saw people who looked like them, grew up in similar communities and family dynamics, and could relate. Representation matters more than people realize.”
The goal was to teach students about career opportunities through an interactive educational experience with local employers.
JA BOLD Girls Summit
LaKia Ross, Sales Director for BGSF, served as a mentor for the Junior Achievement of Dallas’ BOLD Girls Summit. Young ladies from area high schools enjoyed a presentation on Breaking Barriers, toured the TWU campus, and attended breakout sessions. Session topics included wellness, building wealth, and creating a business. The goal was for youth to gain the knowledge the skills needed to plan for their futures and consider how they will “lead boldly” in the future.
Several BGSF team members volunteered with Junior Achievement of Dallas at JA BizTown, a simulated town providing students the opportunity to discover careers, build financial skills, collaborate with classmates, exercise civic duties, invest in the community, and more! Our team guided elementary-age students providing firsthand knowledge and expertise to enhance their experience. The goal was to connect the dots between the classroom and the real world, building work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.
JA Office Warriors
Our team members competed in the Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s JA Office Warriors competition, a wacky office games event where companies network, connect, and most importantly inspire JA students. The goal was to offer active learning opportunities for how to be warriors in their own pursuit of the American Dream.
BGSF and Junior Achievement
Our involvement with Junior Achievement USA, a nonprofit that inspires and prepares young people for success, allows us to make an impact in the communities we serve. We began our partnership with Junior Achievement in 2021, selecting the organization as our charity of choice in 2022 and 2023, closely aligning with their purpose: to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
One of our core values is helping to bridge the gap between education and the workforce. Thank you to Junior Achievement for providing our team members with opportunities to give back, make a positive #impact in their communities, and #inspire the futures of our youth!