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.