Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center

Our new, state-of-the art facility for workforce development, the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center, houses a variety of classes and training programs for young people, ultimately preparing them to secure competitive community employment in Sarasota County or continue their academic career at the collegiate level after high school graduation.

The Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center fosters post-secondary exploration and guidance through programs structured around three pillars:

Career Exploration & College Readiness

Club members are given the opportunity to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our community’s workforce.  Through a combination of curriculum facilitation, guest speakers, college-readiness workshops, networking events, and job shadowing opportunities, the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center prepares youth to fully navigate a variety of post-secondary pathways.

Vocational Training

The Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center works with employers in our community to identify high demand job opportunities and provides instruction and hands-on learning opportunities for teens in these identified career paths.  Currently the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County offers classes in: Electrical Construction, Plumbing, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, and Coding.

Entrepreneurial Programs

Entrepreneurial education is the best avenue to develop critical thinking, leadership and financial literacy skills.  An entrepreneurial mindset improves student’s education performance and career opportunities.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Young Entrepreneur Program focuses on developing the entrepreneurial mindset through mentorship, community engagement, and the opportunity for students to create their own business.

The 65+ hour Young Entrepreneur Program is offered three times a year.  If you’re interested in learning how to:

  • Create your own business model
  • Gain business operating experience
  • Network with business leaders in the community
  • Build your resume