Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians have partnered with Medical Mutual and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio to create the Bridge Development Program – a summer career preparation program that combines Members of the Cleveland Indians front office team to high school students in Northeast Ohio. .
Together, the three organizations have designed a unique enrichment opportunity focused on educational equity, workforce development and career preparation. The development of the program and the pilot project that followed were funded by a generous $ 100,000 grant from Medical Mutual.
“We believe all children in Ohio deserve opportunities to learn new skills, discover and explore different career paths, and just enjoy the process of lifelong learning,” said Rick Chiricosta, president -director general of Medical Mutual. “Indians are a pillar of the community and a long-time partner of Medical Mutual. It was easy to see the alignment between the work of the Cleveland Indians Charities and our own efforts in the area of career development. With their expertise and existing partnership with Indians, calling on Boys & Girls Clubs made perfect sense. We are very proud to be associated with this project.
The goals of the program were set by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio (BGCNEO) and complement BGCNEO’s existing career development program. The development program on the bridge aims to:
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio Career Preparation Program consists of four main pillars, Exposure, Essential Skills Development, Exploration and Experience, and Employment,” Shaquira said. Johnson, BGCNEO Revenue Director. “The real need today are the first two pillars, exposure and the development of essential skills. It is easy for young people to get a job, but we also want them to be prepared and put in place to be successful as future BGCNEO Alumni. The Cleveland Indians have really stepped up to help our teens succeed in the next phase of their lives, whether it’s entering the workforce or going to college. The team’s commitment to career preparation shows how dedicated they are to the health of the community. It has been a pleasure to work with the Indians and we cannot thank the organization enough for its long-term work in partnership not only with our young people, but also with young people from all over the region. “
Participants recently completed the last week of the six-week program. In addition to teaching baseball, the Cleveland Indians reception staff worked with students to better understand their personality traits, communication styles and professional interests, while learning teamwork, skills general and how to present oneself in a professional setting.
“Over time, we hope this program grows to include more participants and develops a pipeline for a more diverse workforce for game day roles, internships and full-time front office positions. Said Penny Forster, director of Community Impact for the Cleveland Indians.
Chiricosta added: “But even for those who choose different career paths, we believe the lessons learned and skills mastered over their time will be invaluable.”
The program, which has gone virtual due to the pandemic, culminated with a trip to Progressive Field to see the Cleveland Indians front office and enjoy some ball game.
Founded in 1934, Medical Mutual is the oldest and one of the largest health insurance companies based in Ohio. The company provides peace of mind to over 1.6 million Ohioans through its health, life, disability, dental, vision, compensation and wellness plans. be of high quality. The company offers fully insured and self-funded group coverage, including stop loss, as well as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and individual plans. Medical Mutual’s mutual status allows it to operate for the benefit of its members without having to meet the demands of shareholders or Wall Street analysts. Instead, the company is focused on developing products and services that enable it to better serve its customers and communities in Ohio and help its members achieve the best possible health and quality of life. For more information, visit the company’s website at MedMutual.com.
About Northeast Ohio Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio provide safe and fun places for children ages 6-18 after school, with a focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and development character. BGCNEO was formed in 2019 by the amalgamation of the clubs of Cleveland, Akron, Lorain County and Sandusky. The organization serves on average about 2,000 children per day at 39 sites in four counties.