BGCA has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed so that all Clubs, no matter their size or resources, can partner with youth, parents, schools and other community stakeholders to implement at least one of three approaches: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
Be Great: Graduate
BE GREAT: Graduate is BGCA's dropout prevention program.
This program is designed to enhance each Club member's engagement with learning by providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults in developing the academic, emotional and social skills needed to achieve academic success.
This program uses the early warning signals -- attendance, behavior and course failure -- to identify youth at risk of dropping out of school.
Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow's Club Professionals Today
Junior Staff is a small-group program that is both practical and user friendly.
It assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. Clubs that implement this program make an investment in the development of Club members’ interpersonal skills, work ethic and sense of community responsibility.
Game Tech: A Club Tech Curricula
Game Tech provides Club members, ages 10 to 13, a fun introduction to the field of video game development and principles of game design, animation mechanics and software.
Working both digitally and non-digitally, members learn to animate a character and begin the process to design their own video game.
Robo Tech: A Club Tech Curricula
Robotics may seem daunting, but the Robo Tech program, for members ages 6 to 13, is an easy and fun way to explore science, technology, engineering and math.
Using Lego Mindstorms® – a self-contained kit that provides an introduction to robotics – members, working in groups, use the kits and tutorials to build and program a robot that interacts with its environment in numerous ways.
Skill Tech Basic Training: A Club Tech Curricula
Skill Tech: Basic Training is an engaging, hands-on program that appeals to members of all ages and technical abilities.
Through three levels of animated online lessons in either English or Spanish and instructor-led group activities, members learn skills in various Microsoft software programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Digital Image Pro.
Skill Tech II: A Club Tech Curricula
Skill Tech II teaches advanced, yet practical, technology skills to Club members. It features eight-session modules in either English or Spanish for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.
Participants learn about hardware identification and installation, networking and technology-related careers.
Club Tech is an ambitious, multi-year initiative that provides all Boys & Girls Clubs with state-of-the-art software; a comprehensive array of programs to help Club professionals build members’ computer skills and integrate technology in all Core Program Areas; and extensive, ongoing training for Club professionals. Club Tech helps Clubs incorporate technology in every aspect of their operation.
Most importantly, young people develop the technology skills necessary to succeed in school and the job market. Club Tech resources and programs are available through www.myclubmylife.com, BGCA’s web site for teens.
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club.
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.
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
Power Hour: Making Minutes Count provides Club professionals with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners.
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.
Money Matters: Make It Count
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.
The Money Matters Facilitator’s Guide provides Club staff and volunteers with basic financial information and instructions for the small-group activities that are easy to implement. The fun, attractive Teen Personal Finance Guide contains practical tips and activities to help teens learn to balance a checkbook, create a budget and save and invest for college and retirement. The Money Matters website helps teens build their money management skills through interactive activities, games and tools such as a savings and financial aid calculator to help them plan for college.
CLUBService provides education awards from the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps) to Club members and alumni ages 17 to 24 who serve their Clubs and communities in the areas of public safety, membership development, youth mentoring and educational support.
CLUBService recognizes young people’s service, helps them offset the costs of higher education and encourages them to pursue future careers as Boys & Girls Club professionals.
Preparing teens for our nation's workforce.
CareerLaunch encourages Club members ages 13 to 18 to assess their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation's work force. Club staff or volunteers use the Career Exploration Quick Reference Guide to work with teens individually or in small groups to build their job-search skills and job readiness. The easy-to-read CareerLaunch Teen Tips is pocket sized and full of practical job-hunting advice for young people. The CareerLaunch website, www.careerlaunch.net, provides Club teens, staff and volunteers with online career exploration, college and job search information and interactive activities. Mentoring, job shadowing and training opportunities round out the program.