This question, asked by many of the teens coming into the Juneau Boys & Girls Club, is as common in the Club as a pick-up game of pool. Jeff Malley, transition specialist and teen coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Juneau, is that guy who can help students get a job.
Last year, the Juneau Boys & Girls Club applied for two grants in hopes of expanding a successful targeted re-entry initiative currently instated at the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage.
In Juneau, Boys & Girls Clubs and Johnson Youth Center are working to develop a partnership. Youth in JYC work with transition specialist Jeff Malley, whose goal is to assist JYC in ensuring a youth's successful re-entry into their home community.
Malley instructs youth in Boys & Girls Club programming, focusing on how to make healthy lifestyle choices, resolve conflicts and develop leadership and employment skills.
Additionally, Malley continues to provide support for youth who have successfully transitioned back into their community.
In less than a year, the program has seen great success. Teen membership in the Club has increased from 33 percent to more than 50 percent. More than 60 teens have been involved in Club programming and 14 youth in state custody have become Club members.
Teen programs, such as JobReady! and the Keystone Club, have boomed in membership since Malley's arrival and continue to grow in popularity among Teen Club members.
Malley has become a local hero for many teens. Not only does he selflessly dedicate his time and energy but he also strives to find each teen that enters the Club gainful employment.
"Mr. Malley is a true Club Hero," said Jay Wyatt, Juneau Boys & Girls Club Manager.
"He goes above and beyond what is expected in creating a positive and life-enhancing environment for our members."
The Juneau Boys & Girls Club, located at 8825 Mallard Street, is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Youth, ages 7 to 18 are eligible for membership and scholarships and payment plans are available for those who qualify. For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs, go online to www.bgcalaska.org.