Programs in this Core Program Area enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.
BE GREAT: Graduate
BE GREAT: Graduate is the dropout prevention program of Every Member, Every Year strategy. It is designed to enhance each youth's engagement with learning by:
Providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults
Developing the academic, emotional and social skills necessary to achieve success
The program uses early warning signals in children 5 to 18 years of age by using - attendance, behavior and course failure - to identify youth at risk of dropping out.
Bright Spot for Reading
This literacy program makes reading fun and engaging for kids through use of phonological awareness, vocabulary games, and reading contests. Bright Spot Reading uses incentives for the kids as they progress through the program.
CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 to access their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's work force. Club staff and volunteers work with teens individually or in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness.
College Bound provides middle and high school students (grades 6 – 12) with academic case management, tutoring and test-prep resources with a variety of activities designed to support academic success for each teen.
DramaMatters Afterschool is a drama education program for Clubs that encourage members ages 6 to 18 to engage in hands-on activities. Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement. The weekly program consists of 60 minute sessions segmented for beginner, intermediate and advanced members. Sessions consist of:
A short warm up
Main activity of games, script work and performance
Ten minute cool-down
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members aged 6-18 through drawing, painting, print making, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which debuts at B&GCA’s National Conference and is displayed throughout the ensuing year
This year-round program and annual contest, encourages girls and boys ages 6-18 to learn and practice black and white, color and digital and alternative process photography. The ImageMakers National Photography Contest provides local, regional and national recognition. Select photographs are exhibited at B&GCA’s National Conference, National Education Summit and Youth Development Conferences.
Junior Naturalists is an environmental education and service learning program that leads Club members ages 8-13 on a fun-filled journey into the world of plants and animals. Through small-group participation in games, crafts and discovery-based activities, young people develop an awareness of the environment, acquire a better understanding of how human actions affect nature, reinforce math and science skills and learn about conservation of our natural resources.
Junior Staff Career Development is a comprehensive small-group program designed to guide youth toward careers in youth development or human services by nurturing their leadership skills and providing guided, practical experiences. While a career in human service may not be appropriate for all Boys & Girls Club members, staff will at a minimum guide the development of interested and concerned youth toward volunteer involvement in community service activities.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13-18 by building their basic money management skills. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, budget, save and invest. They also learn about starting small businesses and paying for college. Money Matters features three components. The Teen Personal Finance Guide is a fun, attractive booklet containing practical tips and activities to help teens learn the important skills of balancing a checkbook, creating a budget and saving and investing for college and retirement.
MusicMakers is a music education program that was developed in collaboration with BGCA, along with NAMM, The International Music Products Association. This program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to have fun exploring music making. MusicMakers provides step-by-step activities for three different skill levels for guitar and drums.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count - this program provides Club professionals with strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members ages 6-12 and 13-18 to become self-directed learners.
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive strategy is based on research showing that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, educational activities.
Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include:
Discussions with knowledgeable adults
Homework help and tutoring
Games, like Scrabble that develop young people's cognitive skills
Incentives to reward Club members for positive academic participation
Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6-18. Project Learn has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members.
Skill Tech: Basic Training & Tech II
Skill Tech is a hands on training program that appeals to members of all ages and technical abilities. Through three levels of animated online lessons in either English or Spanish and include:
Instructor-led group activities
Microsoft office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher and Digital Impage Pro
In Tech II, members learn hardware identification and installation
Networking and technology-related careers
The Ultimate Journey is a small-group program to help young people gain an understanding and appreciation for the natural world both globally and locally. This award-winning environmental education program leads Club Members on a fun-filled journey into the beautiful and amazing world of plants and animals. Through participation in games, crafts, and discovery-based activities, young people develop an awareness of the environment, acquire a better understanding of how human actions affect nature, reinforce math and scince skills and learn about conservation of our natural resources.