Teens work on career goals at Club

PLYMOUTH — Cheyenne McIntire and Dakota Nussel know what they want to be when they grow up.

Both freshman in high school, the two students are not letting their youth get in the way of accomplishing their career goals. In addition to taking special classes at Plymouth High School, McIntire and Nussel are both participating in the Boys and Girls Club program called Career Launch.

The once-a-week class is taught by program director Andrea Schoof, who hopes to add job shadowing to the program for the first time this year.

In preparation for the start of the program, Schoof said that she has students fill out sheets identifying their skills and career interests.

Nussel, whose goal is to become a computer programmer, said that he checked manufacturing, arts and crafts, construction, and engineering on his sheet.

He said he hopes the Career Launch program will “help us know which job will fit us more.”

“I’m on the computer a lot,” said Nussel. “I like to see how people make websites and stuff.”

Nussel said that he is also learning about computers by helping his friend who services them.

“If my computer dies, I can open it up and see what’s the problem,” said Nussel.

McIntire watches courtroom television shows a lot, and said that she followed the Casey Anthony trial every day. She hopes to be a prosecuting attorney. McIntire said that she would like to job shadow at the courthouse.

“I would like to see how the attorneys work, what they have to do,” said McIntire.

To prepare for her intended career, McIntire is taking a business foundations class at Plymouth High School and said that she plans to take Spanish all four years of high school and in college.

McIntire said that she believes Career Launch will help her know what awaits her in the working world.

“We’re not just going out there blindly,” said McIntire. “(The program) can also show you jobs that you didn’t even know about.”

McIntire said that she specifically wants to help children and people who have been abused.

“I want to put people who hurt other people in jail,” said McIntire seriously.

“(Career Launch) will prepare us for our goals and what we will do in the future,” said Nussel. “I’m excited for what we’re going to do, what we’ll find out about.”

Career Launch is on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Other fall programs at the Boys and Girls Club include:

• Afternoons ROCK (Start Smart)- A drug prevention program for 5-7 grade. Snacks will be provided each day and prizes will be handed out throughout the program. A separate permission slip must be filled out.
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 3:15-5:00 pm (Sept. 26, 27, 29 Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 21, 24, 25, 31 Nov. 1, 3, 7, 8, 10)
• Cheerleading- Members will have a blast learning cheers and dance routines in this program. There will be opportunities to perform during local basketball games; therefore, there will be travel involved.
Dates and times are TBA.
• GameMaker- Participants will learn the basics of creating computer games.
Mondays 5:30-6:30 (Sept. 19, 26 Oct. 3, 10, 24, 31 Nov. 7)
• Goals for Growth- This program teaches 8-12-year-old members the skills needed to set and achieve goals which will help them to build their self-esteem.
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (Nov. 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Dec. 5, 7, 12)
• Go Girl Go!- By reading and discussing stories from professional female athletes, female members between the ages of 8-10 will look at how to handle issues that they may currently be dealing with or might face in the future.
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 (Aug. 24 Sept. 7, 21, 28 Oct. 5, 12, 26 Nov. 2, 9)
• Guitar Lessons- Members who have never touched a guitar or have little guitar experience are welcome to sign up for this beginning-level guitar program. The first eight members to sign up will be in the program.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 (Nov. 15, 17, 22, 29 Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13)
• Healthy Habits-By participating in the Healthy Habits program, members will learn about the benefits of eating right and being physically active by engaging in activities both at the Club and at home. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 (Sept. 6, 20, 27 Oct. 4, 11, 25 Nov. 1, 8)
• Kids in Control- Members ages 8-10 will address safety issues and will gain the confidence and skills needed to protect themselves.
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 (Aug. 24 Sept. 7, 21, 28Oct. 5, 12, 26 Nov. 2, 9)
• Knitting- If you would like to learn how to knit or would like to work on advanced knitting projects, talk to Sue, our Art Room Director.
Wednesdays 4:00-5:00
• Let’s Get Real- Bullying is a serious issue among youth today. This class educates youth in grades 6-8 about the causes and consequences of bullying and how they can step in to be an ally for others.
**Parents, there will be an educational video shown in this program that does contain foul language used by youth who are demonstrating types of bullying.
Mondays and Wednesdays (Nov. 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Dec. 5, 7, 12)
• Movie Tech- Members will be able to create and edit their own movie creations.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 (Nov. 15, 17, 22, 29 Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13)
• National Fine Arts Program- Any member who enjoys art can sign up and create his/her own artwork. The projects are entered into the local art exhibit, and the winners will advance to the regional exhibit where their work is judged along with artwork from other Boys and Girls Club members in the Midwest.
Mondays 4:00-5:00 (Oct. 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec. 5, 12)
• Slash Club- Members between the ages of 14-18 can be a part of this Boys and Girls Clubs of America group. Participants will elect officers, hold meetings and plan special events for the Club/community. Members work in the gym during Club sporting events and help out in other areas when needed.
Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm
• Torch Club- This is a special Boys and Girls Clubs of America group open to members who are between the ages of 11-13. Members in this group elect officers, hold meetings and plan special events.
Tuesdays 3:30-4:00 pm

For more information about the Boys and Girls Club or any of their fall programs, call 574-936-0660.