Member Spotlight Aug 16

Career Moves Member Spotlight: Catching Up with YOY Brandy Reed

Learning to excel in the workplace is a great start towards planning your life, particularly if your goals are to attend college to pursue a career. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor’s 2016 Youth of the Year, Brandy Reed, is learning that lesson with hands-on experience this summer at Edgewater Bank in St. Joseph, Michigan.  

Edgewater Bank prides itself on exceptional, personalized service. Edgewater is dedicated to its customers and the local community, as evidenced by their investment in the Clubs and its members. 

"It's a can’t lose proposition,” says Rick Dyer, President & CEO of Edgewater Bank. “How can helping a young person develop as an individual and a contributing member of a work organization be a bad thing? How can that young person helping an existing workforce see the world from a different perspective be a bad thing? The answer is: it's not a bad thing in any respect. It is a great win-win opportunity for both Club members and employers that I highly encourage.” 
Summer employment for Club teen members like Brandy provides the opportunity to network, establish relationships with mentors, develop business and social etiquette skills, learn about potential career options, and get a real world perspective on how to become part of an employee team within the workforce.

This fall, Brandy begins her college career at Western Michigan University. While she didn’t always know her life journey would take her to Western Michigan University, she knew that her career goals meant college education. Brandy’s love of sports provided a natural connection to her career choice of becoming an athletic trainer. Working in preventing, diagnosing and treating sports injuries is no easy task, and Brandy is dedicated to the education that will get her to that goal.

Nearly 3.2 million students will earn a college degree this year. Earning a college degree is much more than an admirable goal for many students; it’s a smart investment in their future. For the right student, choosing to earn a college degree offers a financially successful future. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree typically make double the annual salary of a high school graduate with no college or technical post-secondary education. 
We understand success is not just about money. At the Clubs, members have opportunities to find an interest or passion, develop their skills, and explore career and educational options. They also develop a plan that ensures they graduate from high school ready to pursue two- or four-year college, career technology education, military options, or are job ready to join the workforce as productive citizens. 
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