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Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan Second ‘Industry Club’ to Offer Immersive Data Science and Risk Management Entrepreneurship Fellowship for Detroit Youth


  • This is the second of BGCSM’s three Industry Clubs to launch this year which is a part of the organization’s Reimagine effort to empower youth to be career, startup and homeowner-ready before leaving the Clubs.
  • Building off the success of Fashion Industry Club and part of BGCSM’s five-year strategy to scale workforce and entrepreneurship development efforts.
  • Youth will earn between $10-$13/hour and learn how to analyze, collect and present neighborhood data, and how to launch an insurance agency business.
  • BGCSM Industry Club to educate and employ 200 local youth this year through program applications open until May 6th, 2021.
  • Amerisure and Sean Anderson Foundation donates $80,000 to support programming and operations for Data Science and Risk Management Industry Club; additional program partners include Amerisure, MapsCorps, Olivet College and NAAIA.


DETROIT – April 22, 2021 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM), in partnership with anchor industry partner, Amerisure, will launch the first Data Science and Risk Management Industry Club, offering an unparalleled experience that will advance Detroit area youth economically. The Industry Club will employ youth ages 14 to 18 from May through August to learn about careers that include data science, business analytics, social media analytics, insurance and risk management, through an entrepreneurial lens. Applications are now open at bgcsm.org until May 6, 2021.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics considers data science and risk management one of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations and has projected 31% growth over the next 10 years. The knowledge and skills learned and applied will set the Industry Club youth on a path to securing economic mobility for themselves while empowering themselves and their communities.


“The field of data science and risk management is booming more than ever before,” said Shawn H. Wilson, president and CEO of BGCSM. “The Data Science and Risk Management Industry Club will provide an opportunity not available anywhere else in Metro Detroit and accelerate this next generation of professionals toward greater economic mobility and success in a career. These Industry Club programs will not only impact these fellows and their families, but our neighborhoods and community as a whole.”


Industry Club applicant qualifications are students aged 14 to 18 with the ability to attend in-person and virtual programming up to five times a week after school. Youth will earn $10 per hour for the 20 hours per week program. Virtual and in-person workshops will be held at data centers in each of BGCSM’s Club locations.


“This industry club is the backbone of our economy as it represents the convergence of business and financial acumen, combined with the opportunity to make a real impact.  We look forward to surrounding our youth with the finest industry professionals, educational resources and hand-on mentoring; enabling our next generation to be career, start-up and homeowner ready” said Jennifer DeMello-Johnson, BGCSM Board Chair and Vice President of Agency Services at Amerisure. “We welcome our club members and all eligible youth within our community to discover one of the best kept secrets in finding a job!”


Community stakeholders, organizations and educational institutions collaborated with BGCSM to donate time, resources and $80k to support Data Science and Risk Management Industry Club operations for the youth—with $70k being donated from Amerisure and $10k from Sean Anderson Foundation. Amerisure will lead the risk management curriculum, additional partners include Sterling Insurance Group MapsCorps and Olivet College who will lead the data science portion of the curriculum.


“I am very excited and thankful for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan for providing this opportunity to our young people,” said Commissioner Alisha Bell, Chair of Wayne County Commission. “BGCSM is the perfect vehicle to really help our children in their future goals. Myself and my colleagues on the Wayne County Commission are excited to help out in any way to make this program a success.”


Successful candidates should have a vested interest in entrepreneurship, science, math and exploring career options to join. Click here to learn more about this Industry Club.



About Amerisure

Amerisure is an insurance organization charged with creating exceptional value for its Partners For Success® agencies and policyholders. As an A rated (Excellent) property and casualty insurance company licensed in 50 states, Amerisure provides a comprehensive line of commercial insurance products to protect businesses focused on construction, manufacturing and healthcare through strategically located Core Service Centers. For more information, visit amerisure.com.


About Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan

Founded in 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) has over 94 year of experience serving youth ages 6-18 by providing a safe, fun place that inspires, while offering high-quality programs that provide real-world learning from caring adult mentors. Serving nearly 15,000 youth annually within eight Clubs throughout southeastern Michigan, BGCSM works every day to provide a world-class experience, empowering youth to become career, start-up and homeowner ready. To learn more about BGCSM visit www.bgcsm.org and follow us on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!