- Power Hour
- Career Launch
- Money Matters
- Project Learn
- Academic Themes
- Street Law
Power Hour, making minutes count
Power Hour, a program designed to promote academic success, provides an opportunity for Club members to get homework assistance and tutoring as needed as well as an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities linked to their academics.
The Power Hour materials provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations and use of technology and the Internet.
Career Launch helps prepare teens for our nation’s workforce.
Club members, ages 13 to 18, are encouraged to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, and make sound educational decisions. Club staff or volunteers help teens individually, or in small groups, build their job-search skills and job readiness.
Diplomas2Degrees – College Readiness for Teens
Thanks to the generous support of Toyota Financial Services and Darden Restaurants, Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), BGCA’s new college readiness program, provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success.
Club staff have access to a Facilitator’s Guide with fun high-yield activities and a Teen College Guide, complete with tips on achieving academic success and planning for post-secondary education.
Learning to manage your money is a great way to start making the most of your life.
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college.
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club.
Project Learn, a strategy to help members be more engaged in the learning process, utilizes all core areas to create opportunities for active learning including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, receiving help with homework, receiving tutoring and participating in games.
This strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, 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 leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games (such as Scrabble), that develop young people’s cognitive skills. 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 to 18.
With generous support from Time Warner Cable, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to offer DIY STEM for use by Clubs, other non-profit organizations and the general public.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a creative program designed to enhance STEM knowledge and increase interest in STEM-related careers.
STEM is a hands-on, activity-based curriculum which connects youth to science themes they encounter regularly. Special attention is paid to connections of theory and application and the common interactions members have with these scientific principles. Academic themes are selected for each semester i.e. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts with a Mathematical Perspective.)
Academic Themes are selected each semester and chosen for their broad appeal and capacity to include activity plans throughout the six core program areas at the Club. Club members have input into theme selection. Examples include Languages of the World, Scientists On the Move, Animals of the World, and MAST (Math, Art, Science & Technology ). BGCC received a BGCA Regional Award for Academic Themes in 2016.
My.Future addresses technology basic skills including robotics and coding. This initiative transforms the way young people use technology in Clubs. It encourages youth to develop digital literacy and earn certifications, or digital badges, as they progress through the learning experiences.
My.Future provides Club staff with fun and engaging project-based teaching experiences to help youth:
- understand their media world
- identify and develop digital interests
- earn certifications as they make progress
My.Future begins with “Essentials,” staff-facilitated project experiences that provide members of all ability levels with foundational technology skills.
Street Law programs give law students a unique opportunity to develop important skills while contributing to their communities by teaching practical lessons in classrooms and community-based organizations.
Street Law, is a name used globally to describe programs that teach people about law, democracy, and civics in a practical, participatory way. BGCC has formed a partnership program with the SIU School of Law that gives law students a unique opportunity to develop important skills while contributing to their communities by teaching practical lessons in classrooms and community-based organizations. This approach is practical, relevant, and experiential, blending legal content with innovative hands-on teaching strategies that actively engage students and program participants in the learning process. Street Law advances justice through classroom and community education programs that empower.
NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction.
NetSmartz funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction. Topics include personal safety, shopping safety and ethical use of the Internet.
To learn more, youth ages 12 and younger can go directly to www.netsmartzkids.org; while teens, parents and Club staff can learn about Internet safety at www.netsmartz.org.